Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Cole Hamels Trade

By now you've already read about the Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers trade at face value. So rather than rehash it, I'm simply going to breakdown the pros and cons of it all.

Pros:
1. Jake Diekman is no longer in the Phillies bullpen.
2. The Phillies just stocked their farm system with 3 of the top 100 prospects in MLB (Jorge Alfaro/C, Jake Thompson/SP, and Nick Williams/OF).
3. Two of the pitchers received in the deal are currently in Triple-A (Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher).

Cons:
1. Cole Hamels is a bonafide ace and would have looked really nice atop of the Phillies rotation for 4 more years.
2. All 3 pitching prospects the Phillies got in the deal are sporting 4.00+ ERA this season.
3. Matt Harrison was thrown in to help offset the money Texas was taking on.  He's guaranteed $28.4M over the next two seasons (includes $2M option buyout for 2018).
4. Jorge Alfaro suffered a serious ankle injury in June, and that's bad news for a catcher.

The rebuild is in full fervor. Ace traded. Elite closer traded. Minor league system stocked with prospects. It's all happening. Now it's a waiting game to see which prospects pan out. Youth movement is upon us.

Just think, in the very near future (2016/2017) we could have a team composed of some combination of the following:
SP - Aaron Nola, Adam Morgan, David Buchanan, Jesse Biddle, Jerad Eickhoff, Alec Asher, Zach Eflin, Ben Lively, Severio Gonzalez, Mark Leiter, Nick Pivetta, and/or Jake Thompson
RP - Hector Neris, Elvis Araujo, Jeanmar Gomez, Ken Giles, Luis Garcia, Nefi Ogando, Dalier Hinojosa, Edubray Ramos, Colton Murray, Tom Windle, Stephen Shackleford, and/or Ryan O'Sullivan
C - Cameron Rupp, Gabriel Lino, Andrew Knapp, and/or Jorge Alfaro
1B - Brock Stassi
2B - Cesar Hernandez
SS - Freddy Galvis, JP Crawford
3B - Maikel Franco
OF - Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, Nick Williams, Roman Quinn, Kelly Dugan, Destin Hood, Cameron Perkins, and/or Brian Pointer
*All players listed above are either currently in the Majors or, Triple/Double-A.

20 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Harrison just came back off the DL from surgery recently, but will slot into Hamels spot in the rotation.

It's time to cut Jerome Williams. For the remainder of the season, it should be Nola, Morgan, Buchanan, and Harrison in the rotation. Not sure what to do with the 5th spot. Hopefully Harang can prove he's healthy in August then be traded. For the time being Severino Gonzalez is likely to get be recalled.

Andrew said...

You don't see Asche in the future? What about Brown? He has quietly added like 30-40 points onto his average...

GM-Carson said...

Asche probably as a bench bat. I see Brown being non-tendered this offseason. Too expensive for below replacement level output.

Rob F said...

Do you see Darin Ruf being the future at 1B? I really hate how the Phillies have mishandled his career. They never have given him starts to develop.

GM-Carson said...

I would have liked to see Howard traded and Ruf given 1st base this season, but it didn't happen. Honestly, I like him, but don't see him being anything other than a possibly bench bat.

GM-Carson said...

Pirates just designated Vance Worley for assignment to make room for Joe Blanto. One Phucco out and a new Phucco in.

Seriously though, go get Worley and he becomes 5th starter.

Robert Dalton said...

Nola, Harrison, Harang (til August trade), Morgan, and Worley (Pirates were looking for an outfielder) would be a decent rotation to get looks thru end of year.

Bob D said...

Why not trade Revere for Worley? That would be a great fit - plus it may be the first time 2 players were traded for each other twice

Beer-a-Thon said...

No way I do that trade. Worley was designated for assignment. He can be had for very little Possibly for free. Revere can fetch a prospect.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Ken Giles will henceforth be known as Kenny G.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Phillies are 10-2 since the All-Star break but still have the worst record in baseball. Fun to see them winning though.

Bob D said...

Revere may be on the move today, if he is Althere is likely candidate to be recalled.

I would imagine that the Phils are going to be rated one of the better organizations for prospects when the dust settles.

The prospects in the trade only Williams stikes me as one who has the best chance of success/All Star caliber player. Alfaro even though he is rated high, I have reservations about whether he will be that good. To me he strikes out a lot, and walks very little.

GM-Carson said...

Ben Revere to Blue Jays. No report on what Phillies get.

Robert Dalton said...

Let me guess: a pitching prospect

GM-Carson said...

Yep, 2 of 'em.

GM-Carson said...

11-2 in the 2nd half. Phillies are a juggernaut.

Bob D said...

Did someone wake up Dom Brown?

Bob D said...

Farm system now has 11 of top 30 prospects obtained in trades in the last year. The trades are promising - but we really won't see if they are successful for likely another 2 years or so.

Williams in the Hamels trade is the only one from that trade that looks like a really good pick up while the rest are question marks. Alfaro joins the team injured (can you say Tommy Joseph trade part 2?). The Papelbon trade looks bad already - especially after looking at other trades for closers this week. That may be more on Papelbon running his mouth too much than trying to make a trade.

I do feel the last 2 drafts have actually been good and make up most of the other top 30 prospects. Is it enough to save Amaro his job? Umm IDK. But there were a lot of bad moves after 2008 to get the team to this point.

But 11-2 post all star break may avoid one of the worst seasons ever in history.

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