Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Goodbye Kratz, Hello Lincoln

With the addition of new backup catcher Wil Nieves, Amaro wasted no time in swapping the unneeded Erik Kratz for relief help.  That "help" comes in the form of ex-Pirate, Brad Lincoln.

Lincoln was with the Toronto Blue Jays, but now becomes the newest Phucco (Phillies + Bucco = Phucco, for those of you not in the know).  He is a 28 year old righty that owns a 4.66 ERA/1.39 WHIP over 4 seasons.  The former 1st round pick has developed control issues (6.3 BB/9 IP last season), but still has upside.  He's also 9-38 as a batter, so that makes him a better pinch hitting option than Michael Martinez.

Going to Canada is a package of Kratz and minor league pitcher Rob Rasmussen (acquired in the Michael Young trade with the Dodgers).  Kratz , also a Phucco, spent the past 3 seasons with the Phillies and leaves with a .230/.727 AVG/OPS and 18 HR.

15 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Respect to Cole Hamels for flat out saying "Our hitting sucked."

He also said there was a lot of blaming/finger pointing last year, negative energy, and doesn't expect the team to win 100 games in 2014.

He's a realist. Love it!

GM-Carson said...

Stat of the Day:
Last year, Roy Oswalt, Jeff Manship, Drew Pomeranz, Collin McHugh and Chad Bettis combined to go 0-19 in 26 starts with a 7.42 ERA for the Rockies.

SirAlden said...

Wow. Roy Oswalt never ever cared for the Phillies. We let him go home after a hurricane to clean up trees, he hurt himself and was never the same.

Redneck jerk.

SirAlden said...

The only thing I can image as a Phillies Phantasy:

1) Sign Shin-soo Choo for RF
2) Sign Masahiro Tanaka SP
3) Trade Dom Brown in a David Price SP trade.

Pure Phantasy.

I disagree about The Ruben. I believe he is pulling his paycheck to give cover to the owners, and is too stupid to know it. Or is smart, and is cashing the checks.

Andrew said...

Kratz also left Philly with a sweet series of meat commercials. Lets not forget that.

GM-Carson said...

Sir Alden- should those 3 moves be made, the Phils would definitely be contenders. Too bad none of them will come to fruition.

Bob D said...

I would love it if they added Tanaka. With him and one more option such as low risk high reward pitcher, they would have a solid rotation. Hamels, Lee, Tanaka, Gonzalez, Pettibone, KK, and pitcher X (maybe Halladay??)

7 starting pitchers would help greatly.

Morak99 said...

That would help out a lot defensively too as you could put Choo in right and Byrd in left. Choo is an upgrade on Young/Ruf/Byrd, and Byrd is an upgrade on Brown.

SirAlden said...

We Should Be GM's Carson.

SirAlden said...

I am with Bob D on the 7 pitchers.

Including Halladay as #7.

Push Kendrick into the bullpen or as a trade if Halladay has anything.

GM-Carson said...

Halladay is looking for a guaranteed gig. Doubt he accepts the role of insurance/7th starting pitcher.

Bob D said...

Well if Halladay is signed he would have to produce in spring or he would end up released or in AAA to work on whatever issues. If he is pitching good, he is a front line starter and would bump KK, Pettibone, or Gonzalez out.

SirAlden said...

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Red Sox have signed Edward Mujica to a two-year, $9.5 million deal.

Affordable. This is the a move the Phillies needed to make.

Andrew said...

Regardless of who else they target, I still think they should give Madson a minor league deal. If he's fully recovered from his surgery, he could be extremely effective and cheap

GM-Carson said...

If that report on Mujica is true, then I'm pissed. That is a steal of a deal for him.