Sunday, January 18, 2015

Some Phillies Business

Jordan Dank, the outfielder formerly of the White Sox and brother of lefty stater John Danks, has been claimed.  Not sure why, but then again, I'm not sure about most of Amaro's roster decisions. Danks is 28 years old and over parts of the last 3 seasons in Chicago he's hit .227.629 in 180 games.  His defense grades out subpar, and obviously his stick does too.  Seems like a wasted spot on the 40-man roster to me.  In 7 minor league seasons he racked up 63 homeruns, 57 stolen bases, and a mediocre .268/.784 in 576 games.  Not too good.

Both Domonic Brown ($2.6M) and Ben Revere ($4.1M) agreed to contracts last week.  With Cesar Jimenez signing earlier in the offseason, this means the Phillies won't have to go through the ugly arbitration hearing process.

Reading all these Cole Hamels rumors is making me sick.  If they can't get a premier package for him, then there is no point in trading him.  Some reports have teams hoping to get the Phillies to pay for some of his salary. WTF?!  He's a Top 10 MLB pitcher.

My stance on Ryan Howard, trade him if you can, but DO NOT release him.

8 comments:

Hollingswood said...

So right! A waste of a roster spot for sure. Give us your best prospect and two in your top 20 and you pay all the money. Your right it's ridiculous if we pay a dime of Hamels contract. It's Ruin Tomorrow! He has gotten a soft reputation and teams are trying to take advantage. I mean it's ridiculous we paid 5 million of Byrd's 8. A disgrace!

GM-Carson said...

Max Scherzer to the Nationals. Remember when th he Phillies were making this type of move to fortify an already formidable rotation?

Bob D said...

Phillies and now Braves are in rebuild mode. The Phils have shed the most payroll already this year and it will be even lower next year.
Nats, Marlins, and maybe even the Mets are now the likely top contenders.
I still expect a trade of Revere yet. With Brown, Sizemore, Danks and Herrara they have a lot of lefthanded hitting OF'ers. Danks will likely be in AAA, and Herrera sounds like he could be a keeper - ala - Shane Victorino type of Rule 5 claim. He looks like a good hitter who may yet get better with experience.

Andrew said...

It seriously pains me that the gNats are actually going to be good, like real good, this year. Damn, I enjoyed the days of them being automatic wins...

Beer-a-Thon said...

Nationals are for realz. Gonna be good this year and well beyond. Smart GMing right there. Same can't be said for Phillies and Amaro.

Bob D said...

I'm not totally disappointed with the recent moves by the Phils. Trading Rollins was disappointing and I'm not sure it was a good trade. Getting Eflin was good but Windle was a bit less of what a 2nd prospect should have been. The trade of Hernandez in August and Byrd actually brought in several prospects that made it worth it. Bastardo for Rodriguez just blah about that. The one move I am excited about is rule 5 Herrera. He seems to fit the mold of what the team needs: someone who can hit and get on base.

The Nats have made some good moves. Now with Scherzer everyone is saying how good the rotation is. Lets see if they do an Amaro and trade one of their top starters for salary relief prior to starting the season (Ala - Halladay / Lee trades)

Bob D said...

Brewers may be interested in Papelbon trade.

GM-Carson said...

Papelbon is still a top closer, highest WAR for a reliever the NL in 2014, so the return should be decent. Especially if they kick in cash.