Wednesday, February 13, 2013

No Juan Cruz

Juan Cruz has decided he would rather remain unemployed than attempt to win a spot in the Phillies 2013 bullpen. Back in mid-January, Cruz was "signed" to a minor league contract. However, he never officially put his John Hancock (oh, so dirty!) on the dotted line. Apparently he didn't like that Amaro went out and signed Chad Durbin to a guaranteed contract, essentially leaving him to battle in out with a bunch of youngsters for rank in the Phils relief corps.

Below you will see my edited post from January 16th that welcomed Juan Cruz aboard. Bon voyage bitch!

Matt Gelb, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, says that this was a mutual decision.


Bob D said...

Can we cross out Mini Mart too?

Randy said...

How soon til we can cross out Dom Brown?

SirAlden said...

Dom Brown will have a break out year.

He has been injured and dicked around.

Give him one full year of at bats

and while you are looking at it go look at Jack Micheal Schmidt's Stats the first years he came up.

GM-Carson said...

SirAlden- comparing Dom Brown to Schmitty is just dumb. Please stop.

SirAlden said...

Go look at Schmitty's Stats.

Then get back to me.

Dom needs the chance to sink or swim.

Mike got that chance.

SirAlden said...

Dom may sink.

Mike might have.

They both needed patience.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Mike Schmidt is the best all-around 3rd baseman of all-time and one of the game's greatest players in general.

Dom Brown might end up being good, and possibly even great, but there is nearly ZERO percent chance that he'll turn into a Mike Schmidt type player.

I know Schmidt struggled early in his career, don't even have to look at this stats. If memory serves me, I think he only hit .172 in his rookie season, that's abysmal. He's my 2nd favorite Phillie of all-time (Utley now is because I witnessed his entire career).

Beer-a-Thon said...

Schmidt hit .206 in a late season call up then .196 in his rookie season. Thing is, he defense was superior and back then offense wasn't so "big", so he managed a positive WAR both season. Then he exploded his 2nd full season in the Majors.

I think Dom Brown still has a chance to be good. I just hate that you compare his career path to Schmidt's.

SirAlden said...

Dom Brown is no Schmidt.

He deserves to be left alone and allowed One Full Year in the field.

I do like his batting eye and walk rate.

Remember he was hit on the hand and it broke it, sapping power. I also hope that the Philies really give Ruff a chance too.

SirAlden said...

I just said. Leave him alone and root for him.

SirAlden said...

I really like our Bullpen.

How about a post on the 5, 6, 7 slots in the pen.

Ben said...

I see Brown playing ok if he gets a full year. .260/.340/.440 kind of deal. Not show stopping, but valuable.

GM-Carson said...

I want Dom to succeed.

I'll leave it at that.

Ben said...

Darin Ruf may have just gotten his chance.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Was reading ESPN's offseason grade of the Phillies and their team heading into 2013 season. It's not nice. Trashed the Delmon Young signing (as did I) because he isn't good offensively and he's literally one of the worst outfielders in not the worst in the Majors in terms of defense. ESPN wasn't fond of the Michael Young acquisition either because he's flawed offensively and his defense is also horrible.

Ruf may end up being a horrible outfielder, but by golly I wish they'd give him a chance to prove himself.

Bob D said...

Hmm Mike Young won a gold glove. I would not say horrible. We will see.
Ruf and Brown have good upside. With Ruf as a potential Rookie of Year canidate if given the chance.

GM-Carson said...

That Gold Glove was how long ago?

And let us not forget Bobby Abreu also won a Gold Glove.

All defensive metrics rate Michael Young as a very bad defender. It's not like you get better in your upper 30's either.

Frederick Holdsworth said...

Dude you didn't just compare Dom Brown to Michael Jack did ya? I understand the slow career start at the plate but Schmidt was turning heads from day 1 of his career in the field. Brown doesn't even know how to track a ball in the outfield proper. Should have traded him long ago.

Frederick Holdsworth said...

Dom Brown is injury prone anyway. He will never play a full season. Ruff will make everyone forget about DB.