Friday, December 18, 2015

Whole Lotta Transactions Roundup

AJ Achter was claimed off waivers by the Angels only a few weeks after the Phillies claimed him from the Twins.  Whatever.

Dan Otero is currently on waivers as he lost his 40 man roster spot due all the player movement last week in the Phils system.  Hoping he makes it through.

Edward Mujica, Andrew Bailey, and Ernesto Frieri were all signed to minor league deals.  Each has been a closer at various points in their careers, so it's no surprise they latched on with the Phils, seeing that they are closer-less after the Giles trade.  They've all suffered through a rough couple seasons recently, but are low risk/high reward "gambles".

David Hernandez was inked to a 1 YR/$3.9M deal and hopes to take over the reigns in the 9th.  He too has suffered through some rough seasons recently, so I don't understand why he gets a nice guaranteed contract, while Mujica, Bailey, and Frieri had to settle for minor league pacts.

The Giles trade was tweaked, outfielder Derek Fisher wasn't included, but former No. 1 pick Mark Appel was, as were two guys with the last name Aruz (no relation). Harold, a pitcher, went to the Phils, and Jonathan, a shortstop, went to the Astros.

Charlie Morton was acquired for a low level prospect.  I understand adding veteran innings to the rotation, but I don't like this move.  He's been largely ineffective during his career, save for a couple okay seasons.  He'll presumably join Jeremy Hellickson, Aaron Nolan, Jerad Eickhoff, and Vincent Velasquez in the rotation.  That means Brett Oberholtzer and Adam Morgan are on the outside looking in as depth pieces.  An argument can be made that both of them have more upside and would be better than Morton, but I'm only a wannabe GM.  I'm giving Klentak the benefit of the doubt for now, so I won't be too critical. Not that it's a big deal if pitchers can hit or not, but it's worth noting that Morton is 3-76 over the past 2 years and only 18-249 in his career (.072). That's horrific! That's not exaggeration either. Of pitchers with a minimum of 250 career plate appearances since 1900, Morton ranks 1068th out of 1070 in terms of batting average. His OPS of .171 ranks 1069th out of 1070. But, at the very least we have a new Phucco (Bucco + Phillies = Phucco).

JP Arencibia was signed to a minor league deal.  The catcher has prodigious power, but strikes out  more than an ugly 400 pound middle aged man at a club. With that said, I'd rather have him backing up Rupp than Chooch.

Also signed to minor league deals were infielder Angelys Nina and pitchers Greg Burke and Gregory Infante. Outfielder Tyler Goeddel and and lefty Daniel Stumpf were taken in the Rule 5 draft.

10 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Dan Otero has been sent to the Indians for cash considerations. So that makes two waiver claims that ended up never even wearing a Phillies uniform.

ripjgarcia said...

guy like Bailey.. could end up ok.

jhilton32 said...

I think the Phils are trying to learn from the Sixers with Morton. I believe he was signed to be the veteran "leader" of the staff. I could be wrong, but he's been around awhile but at 32, he's not too old to be strong and effective for multiple seasons. Charlie copied Roy Halladay's delivery. Anybody copying anything from Doc is probably serious about pitching. He also led the league in hit batters the past two seasons, evidence he knows how to pitch inside. Klentak might be a kid, but I am sure with the combined baseball experience of Gillick, MacPhail, Bowa, Mackanin, etc., they have enough contacts around the league to know exactly who Morton is as a person. Wouldn't surprise me if he's given the opening day nod.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Opening Day nod?! I hope not. He wouldn't be the 5th starter on some staffs, let alone Opening Day starter.

jhilton32 said...

Well, it's not really about who's the best pitcher. That would obviously be Nola. But even the most optimistic Phils fan agrees they aren't winning more than 75 games. So what you're doing is taking pressure off Nola and annointing Morton as the staff leader. That seems to be a greater consideration at this point.

David Rachlin said...

Going to be some growing pains.I think Derek Fisher might have been a good ball player given the chance.I mean what ball player doesnt have medical issues.162 games can take wear and tare.Watch he becomes a supper star

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