Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I Just Don't Know...

Jimmy Rollins, a Top 20 shortstop in Major League Baseball history, a possible Hall of Famer, and a Philadelphia Phillies franchise stalwart has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. For what? I just don't know. It's likely Amaro took his typical fleecing and whatever returns to Philly is a package of crap that are about as useful as a fart in a bathtub. I'm sad. I'm mad. I'm disgusted. I hate Ruben Amaro Jr. A tribute to J-Roll is forthcoming, but I need time to marinate on this before posting.


In other news, Antonio Bastard is set to become a Phucco (Phillies + Bucco = Phucco), as he was sent to Pittsburgh for a minor league pitcher named Joely Rodriguez.  He's a lefty that pitches to contact (only 5.3 K/9 in 441.1 IP) and hasn't done anything noteworthy aside from a nice 2013 (2.70 ERA over 26 starts).  Doubt he ever makes an impart and quite possibly never a MLB debut.  Yeah Amaro!  Idiot.

19 comments:

Brain said...

Meh...

It was a salary dump and contract unloading. Needed to happen.

GM-Carson said...

Brain- didn't need to happen. Not to mention, Amaro is sending money to the Dodgers in the deal. Like it or not, J-Roll is still a top SS in baseball. Still good defensively and has speed and pop. That combo in a SS isn't common. They have no obvious fill in for him, because Freddy Galvis is f'n joke, he truly can't hit. Unless the players coming back truly help the Phillies build for the future, Rollins shouldn't have ever been dealt.

GM-Carson said...

Scouting report on Rodriguez:
When Rodriguez first signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2009, he was more of a pure power lefty, one with a live arm and poor command. He missed nearly all of the 2011 season with an elbow injury and since has become a more complete pitcher, albeit with slightly less velocity. He's proven to be durable since the injury and has become a groundball machine. His sinking fastball has led to an outstanding GO/AO throughout his career, and it will still sit in the low 90s. He combines it with an above-average changeup and a curve, that while inconsistent, can be a Major League average offering. He's become better at filling up the strike zone as well. After a strong turn in the Arizona Fall League and some solid performances in winter ball, Rodriguez is ready at least for a move up to Triple-A, if not a shot at the Phillies' rotation soon.

*So I guess the numbers lie.

Bob D said...

He did have a good AFL this year.
Not likely a top rotation arm.

GM-Carson said...

Delino Deshields Jr. might be a good pick in the Rule 5 draft. 2nd/OF with some pop and great speed, decent on base skills too. I could see him getting a decent amount of at bats, especially if Dom Brown struggles again, and Byrd is dealt.

GM-Carson said...

Serious question, because I don't know off the top of my head, who is the last "prospect" the Phillies traded for to actually become a useful MLB player?

GM-Carson said...

Did you know Amaro has never successfully dealt for a "prospect". And remember he had Cliff Lee, Pence, and Victorino to trade.

GM-Carson said...

BTW- John Mayberry Jr. was the last "prospect" the Phillies traded for to pan out, back in 2008.

Andrew said...

Agreed Carson. Mayberry was the only one I could think of any we traded a prospect to get him one-for-one (Golson?). So no, prospects for top talent are stupid deals for the side getting the prospects. Amaro is an idiot and this is only the beginning. Wouldn't be surprised to see Cole and possibly Chase gone by the end of the week. Going to be wearing a lot of black soon...

Andrew said...

If you think about it, in the last 15 years all of our star have been homegrown from the draft or traded for as major league ready...

draft: Rollins, Utley, Howard, Hamels, Ruiz, Burrell, Rolen, Lieberthal, Madson, Byrd, Myers, Wolf, KK, etc...

Trade or FA signing: Thome, Halladay, Lee, Rowand, Lidge, Paps, Pence, Abreu, Polanco, Werth, Moyer, etc...

Rule 5: Vic

rslitman said...

And why couldn't we have gotten Flash's instead of the Marlins? While Dee Gordon has been playing 2nd base lately, it's because Hanley Ramirez blocked him from shortstop. The Dodgers have a top notch outfield prospect named Joc Pederson, who has not been able to crack their loaded outfield corps. Why couldn't we get him?

Andrew said...

we have no idea who we got yet...

GM-Carson said...

Joc Pederson and some other guys that are near MLB ready would be alright.

GM-Carson said...

Andy Oliver selected from Pirates in Rule 5. Might actually stick as a nice bullpen piece. He did pretty damn good in AAA last year since transitioning to relief.

Also, some dude from Rangers listed as David Herrera, but can't find him on BaseballReference.com, think it might be Odubel Herrera. Post coming later tonight most likely.

rslitman said...

The early 1990s Phillies got a few prospects who were pitchers that were great at the ML level for 1-3 years, then showed up at Clearwater one spring with arm problems and never were the same again. Jim Fregosi loved those big pitchers, but he may have handled them wrong. However, they were probably the last pitching prospects acquired via trade who helped the Phillies even for a short time.

Jose de Jesus - acquired from the Royals for Steve Jeltz

Tommy Greene - acquired with Dale Murphy from the Braves for Jeff Parrett

Ben Rivera - acquired from the Braves for Donnie Elliott, whom I don't even remember as a Phillie; perhaps he was a minor leaguer.

Bobby Munoz - acquired with Kevin Jordan from the Yankees for Terry Mulholland.

The Phillies also picked up in a deal with the Pirates two outfield prospects, Wes Chamberlain and Tony Longmire, who contributed at the big league level for a year or so each. Longmire suffered a leg injury that may have caused him to fall short of expectations.

GM-Carson said...

Looks like Phils are getting 2 low level pitching prospects that haven't done anything to standout. F**k you Amaro!

Tom Windle- 22 years old, 3.82 ERA over 193 IP in 2 minor league seasons.

Zach Eflin- 20 year old lefty with a 3.41 ERA over 253.2 IP in 3 minor league seasons, and not that great of K/9 rate (only 6.5).

Andrew said...

Right, two guys who haven't even played above single A yet.... wow, just wow...

Bob D said...

Eflin (there's an L in the name and not a double F which would make it sound like I was cursing the trade) #10 in Padres system who projects as a mid rotation arm. Windle #7 in Dodgers sytem who projects as a top rotation arm - IF he gains control.

#7 & #10 would likely mean a top 5 in Phillies system.
Also the 'If he gains control' reminds me of another projectable minor league arm named Aumont.

rslitman said...

Yes, that's Odubel. He is listed on one site as 2b, but the Phillies' own site says he is both IF and OF; they see him as OF.

The Dodgers got Eflin by trading Matt Kemp to the Padres. That likely opens an OF spot for Pederson. The first article I read about the Rollins trade said a third team may be involved. San Diego is likely it.