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    Quote Originally Posted by Lofaw View Post
    I know I posted a lot here in a row, but wanted to post this too. Seen this comment by Jason Stark "Stark hears that the Phillies have sent signals that they might make Joe Blanton available this spring.". I wonder who the Phillies would use as the 5th starter if they trade Blanton. I guess they would use Kendrick, Right? Do you think they're trying to trade Blanton to give Kendrick one last chance to prove he can be a starter? or are they just trying to trade Blanton to open up salary cap space?
    Nobody is going to trade for a pitcher that missed most of the season, unless the Phillies eat a crazy amount of salary. And he's not even that good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGuru View Post
    If we were a young team like the Pirates, then yes, I would put Dom Brown in LF and let him work out his problems there. However, we're the Phillies, and we can't let Dom Brown be an adventure in LF and potentially cost us some games. I know that Raul had poor range, but he at least caught the ones that he could get to. Dom Brown is missing lazy flyballs and got booed out of a game at Lehigh. Let's just say that he plays LF when Howard is out, what happens when he gets back? Brown to the bench? Give Brown a full year in AAA and then bring him up for good in 2013.
    Can you seriously tell me all things being equal you think Nix would have a better WAR then Brown? As for what happens when Howard comes back there's no guarantee Mayberry ends up the everyday LF. What happens if Mayberry doesn't hit the whole time Howard is out? It's not like Mayberry is a proven player in this league. I just think why not give your best prospect a chance when you can? He's hit and hit and hit in the minors. I'd rather play him everyday and say let's see what you can do youngster. After half a season last year playing LF, a whole off season, and then spring training this year if he still hasn't learned the position he may never. Seriously it's not like he's going from Catcher to SS. He's going from 1 Corner OF spot to the other and I can't believe all through high school he only played RF. I think if they aren't going to give him a shot now when they have an injury and an opening they might as well trade him somewhere and get players that can help this team. I'm tired of hearing about hearing year after year he's ready. The Phillies always seem to take there good old time bringing along prospects while you see other teams giving there prospects chances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGuru View Post
    Nobody is going to trade for a pitcher that missed most of the season, unless the Phillies eat a crazy amount of salary. And he's not even that good.
    I'm not sure Stark would have printed it or the Phillies would have said it if they thought nobody would want him. Teams always can use SP and taking a 1 year 8 million chance isn't that big a risk to a number of teams. I think they might be able to trade him. I just don't think I would. I kind of like Blanton as a 5th starter because the one thing he does is eat a lot of innings and you can't say that about most 5th starters.

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    Phillies still have a chance to bring Roy Oswalt back. http://philliesnation.com/archives/2...-philadelphia/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lofaw View Post
    Can you seriously tell me all things being equal you think Nix would have a better WAR then Brown? As for what happens when Howard comes back there's no guarantee Mayberry ends up the everyday LF. What happens if Mayberry doesn't hit the whole time Howard is out? It's not like Mayberry is a proven player in this league. I just think why not give your best prospect a chance when you can? He's hit and hit and hit in the minors. I'd rather play him everyday and say let's see what you can do youngster. After half a season last year playing LF, a whole off season, and then spring training this year if he still hasn't learned the position he may never. Seriously it's not like he's going from Catcher to SS. He's going from 1 Corner OF spot to the other and I can't believe all through high school he only played RF. I think if they aren't going to give him a shot now when they have an injury and an opening they might as well trade him somewhere and get players that can help this team. I'm tired of hearing about hearing year after year he's ready. The Phillies always seem to take there good old time bringing along prospects while you see other teams giving there prospects chances.
    You can't really argue too much with the way the Phillies handles prospects. They took their time with Hamels, Myers, Utley, Howard, Rollins, Burrell and it worked out. The only prospect that has failed them in recent years is Gavin Floyd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lofaw View Post
    I'm not sure Stark would have printed it or the Phillies would have said it if they thought nobody would want him. Teams always can use SP and taking a 1 year 8 million chance isn't that big a risk to a number of teams. I think they might be able to trade him. I just don't think I would. I kind of like Blanton as a 5th starter because the one thing he does is eat a lot of innings and you can't say that about most 5th starters.
    The Phillies will not be able to get the other team to pay $8M for Joe Blanton. No way. Maybe $3M, which means the Phillies will have to eat $5M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lofaw View Post
    This has been a horrible off season for Amaro and it might get worse if we don't extend Hamels and Pence long term and then lose them both and Victorino after the season. Just look at the players we signed this off season:

    Juan Pierre
    Laynce Nix
    Ty Wigginton
    Jim Thome
    Jonathon Papelbon
    Chad Qualls
    Dontrelle Willis
    Joel Pineiro
    David Bush
    David Purcey

    Papelbon is a good closer, but is any closer other then Mariano worth what we paid him? Thome is a good LH bat off the bench, but he really can't play the field at all. We signed Nix & Wigginton who are 2 guys who hit under .250 and Juan Pierre who adds nothing, but speed and that's only if he ever get's on base. Pitching wise I already mentioned Papelbon. We also signed Willis who at best is a left hand specialist if he can figure out how to get the ball over the plate. Now we signed another guy who can't find the strike zone in Chad Qualls. Need I not forget we signed these world beaters to minor league contracts. Guys like Joel Pineiro, Dave Bush, & David Purcey.

    Now I know a bunch of these guys were only signed to minor league contracts, were invited to spring training, or were signed to low contracts. The point is though that this is a team contending for a WS and were signing table scraps. This could be the year where Amaro starts feeling the heat on the way he's doing his job. Especially if the Phillies are hurt by some of the signings this off season.

    I look at that list and I see some improved depth options and more power compared to what team had last year with the likes of the light-hitting Ben Francisco, Wilson Valdez, Michael Martinez, Greg Dobbs, John Bowker. I really liked Valdez but team is committed to Martinez and they are basically the same player -- hopefully Martinez improves at the plate.

    Like the Nix signing, would have loved the Pierre signing 4-5 years ago, but I still like it. Interested to see what Wigginton can bring to the table. Not sure where Thome fits but I like him in the locker room and as a pinch hitter.

    Even with the additions, I didn't view the bullpen as a weakness -- hopefully our starters last 7 innings per start and we don't need to go the bullpen much. We'll see how the Papelbon deal works out. Willis, Qualls are here to round out the bullpen, not serve as setup men or closers.

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    FYI Single season tix went on sale this week. Methinks another season of sell-outs. They've already sold 3.1 million tix. (wow).

    I payed out my ass for the Sunday game vs the RedSox off of Stub Hub, just cause I dig the BoSox, and grabbed a game off the Phillies site for a Saturday night vs. the Nats.

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    Shane Victorino likes to chat a lot in the clubhouse, and later this month, he should have even more to talk about, as he is appearing on the Feb. 20 episode of "Hawaii Five-O" on CBS.

    According to CBS, Victorino appears as a business executive on a company retreat. Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno also appears in the episode as a Hawaiian history buff. The episode centers around the murder of a man dressed as a Hawaiian NaKoa warrior.
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    Is there a catcher in the league that hits 1st,2nd or 3rd?I'm not sure i can't think of one.chooch is good 6th or 7th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TIME IS NOW View Post
    Is there a catcher in the league that hits 1st,2nd or 3rd?I'm not sure i can't think of one.chooch is good 6th or 7th.
    I like Ruiz in the 8 hole. He's a patient hitter and get's on base a lot which turns the lineup over. I could also see him as a #2 hitter for his patience hitting.

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    Phillies signed Kyle Kendrick to a new 2 year contract. I think this shows more then ever that the Phillies will trade Joe Blanton. I know Guru doesn't think Blanton can be traded, but Starks think they can and the Phillies have to trade him or have to pay the luxury tax. That makes me think they'd be willing to pay a large portion of his contract to a team that would take him as long as it's not enough to put them over the luxury tax barrier. If they're signing Kendrick to a 2 year contract it's for him to be the 5th starter not to be a long reliever.

    Another way the Phillies could trade Blanton is by trading a prospect along with him. A team might be willing to take Blanton and his contract if they can get a decent prospect along with him. I did see Baltimore, Pittsburgh, & Cleveland were teams that had conversations about Blanton. I'd think Pittsburgh would be out now that they traded for Burnett. My guess is more teams will come into the mix once they see he's over his injury after he pitches in spring training.

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    With any luck, Blanton and KK will both slip in the shower and die.
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    Word out of Phillies camp is Dominic Brown has come into camp in great shape and focused. I heard he's having a great start to camp. He also is confident telling everyone he plans on making the ML team. If he plays well this spring the Phillies will have a tough decision to make. You just can't send him back to AAA if he's tearing it up in spring training and is ready for the majors. I seriously routing for him and even though I like John Mayberry I'm hoping Brown has figured it out. It would be a big boost to the team if he can take over LF this season and plays up to his potential.

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    I just don't want Pierre anywhere near the Bank.

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