Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Phillies Roundup

*Matt Stairs has been named the Phillies newest hitting coach. He has a tall task ahead of him, as the Phils were the shittiest offense in the Majors last season. They've got nowhere to go but up. I like the hire, as Stairs was always referred to as a "professional hitter", which means he knew what he was doing. Now it's time he teach others what to blast moonshots deep into the night.
*John Kruk recently ended his tenure with ESPN, but it looks like their loss might become our gain. Rumor has it he is in discussions with Comcast Sports Network to join the Phillies broadcast booth, which will be the best thing since Harry Kalas rocked the mic.

*Not everything was horrible for the Phillies in 2016, Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis played some sparkling defense and have been nominated at CF and SS respectively. What what it's worth, I would liked to see Cesar Hernandez added to the second base group too.

*Aaron Nola is healing and should be ready to go for Spring Training. He is a BIG part of the Phillies future, so that's great news.

*Aaron Brown/OF, Mitch Walding/3B, Scott Kingery/2B, Jeff Singer/RP, Victor Arano/RP, and Miguel Nunez/RP are representing the Phillies in the Arizona Fall League. Kingery has been named to the All-Star squad, but Singer, Nunez, and Walding have been the ones shining. Singer - 0.00 ERA and 0.72 WHIP in 9.2 IP with 8 K. Nunez - 1.13 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 8 IP. Walding - .325/.924 in 13 G.


icybeck said...

Michael Martinez just entered the game, i'm about to throw up, what is Michael Martinez doing on not only a playoff team, but being put in the game with one out in the ninth inning of game 7?

GM-Carson said...

I'm blaming Michael Martinez for the Indians loss. Why? Just because.

ripjgarcia said...

Yup.. Our favorite goat makes the last out. Epic.

Bob D said...

Howard, D Hernandez, and Bourjos now free agents and not likely to return. Morton and Hellickson also free agents and the Phils will likely make some sort of attempt to bring one or even both back. Blanco, and Ellis also free agents and both could be back but there is competition within for both spots. Blanco will be back if the Phils do not protect Valentine in rule 5 draft and potentially use him as utility IF. Ellis could be back if the Phils want him as the veteran catcher on the team to pair with Alfaro or Knapp if they trade Rupp since his value has risen. Or they may just carry 3 catchers to start the seaon now they do not have both Joseph and Howard tying up roster spots and only able to play one position (they will only have Joseph). My money is on Blanco and Morton to return but I do believe they should go ahead and offer Hellickson a 3yr contract if he rejects the qualifying offer.

GM meeting next week, don't be surprised if there are a lot of trades especially with pitchers.

GM-Carson said...

Love the Pat Neshek trade. Solid veteran reliever to fortify the bullpen that comes at very low cost (Player to be named later or cash considerations) and the cost of his option $6.5M (but Phils have low payroll now and can afford it).

As far as utility infielder goes, I'd like to see Galvis or Hernandez slide into that role once JP Crawford is called up. I love Blanco, great guy, but not sure bringing him back makes sense. Also, I'd only sign Ellis if the Phils aren't ready for Knapp or Alfaro to split time with Rupp or trade Rupp. I like the idea of offering Morton a minor league deal with high incentives. Also, Hellickson is worth a 3 year deal for sure (3 YR/$36M I'd go, but he probably want closer to 3 YR/$45M).

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