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Friday, December 12, 2014

Extending Ryan Howard Is Not What Killed the Phillies – The Hardball Times

I don’t have time to read this right now but it looks very interesting after a quick skim.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2014 at 09:44 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, sabermetrics

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gamble: Jimmy Rollins To Spend His Last Days Waking, Baking And Chasing C’hips In The LA Sun

Latest Gamble huff: Philadelphia freedom.

They need to tweak a few things within their mental makeup. The way they are internally wired isn’t conducive to playing up to standards in the postseason. Nobody on the squad—not even Mr. Cy Young/MVP Clayton Kershaw –has that next killer gear. The blonde bombshell spit the bit twice in the playoffs in huge situations.

That’s why the Dodgers, having had their fill of fluff piece performers and now desiring a chiseled baseball veteran, traded for a former MVP (2007) and WS champ (2008) like Jimmy Rollins .

In his prime, Rollins was considered a Top Five player in the game and is easily one of the most multi-faceted second baseman to ever play the game. The trade will be a breath of fresh air for “J-Roll” who has been wasting away in Philly like a rabid dog waiting to be shot and put out of its misery.

...Yeah…A solid, on-field extension for Don Mattingly’s principles, because sometimes it seems like there’s a real disconnect between Donnie Baseball and the players on his team.

It’s an ideal fit because Rollins’ swag and flair fits with LA’s Hollywood Squares roster. The difference is, Rollins is the consummate pro and knows how to back up his tough talk. Maybe he can teach Yasiel Puig a thing or two about playing with class, respecting the game and being a silent assassin when necessary.

...Check the stats. Rollins is a special player. He may be in his twilight years, but LA is the perfect final resting place for a fringe Hall of Famer who plays baseball like a rapper spitting 100 bars in a battle for $100,000 greenbacks.

With all of the mega contracts being thrown around to guys like Giancarlo Stanton ($325 million) this offseason, I maintain that by October 2015, the Dodgers decision to bring the Cali-bred J-Roll back home for one last run will be considered the move of the summer.

Repoz Posted: December 11, 2014 at 04:12 PM | 171 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, phillies

Jimmy Rollins traded to Dodgers

Rollins down the river.

Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, ending his 15-year stint with the Philadelphia Phillies, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Jimmy Rollins, who has one year remaining on his contract, could provide the Dodgers with a short-term solution at shortstop until top prospect Corey Seager is ready for the majors.

It is unclear what Philadelphia acquired in exchange for the 36-year-old Rollins, a three-time All-Star shortstop who won the National League MVP in 2007.

The trade marks the end of Rollins’ historic run in Philadelphia, where he spent his entire career. Rollins is the franchise’s all-time leader in hits, at-bats and doubles, and was one of the key contributors to the Phillies’ World Series championship run in 2008.

The Dodgers had been seeking a veteran shortstop to replace Hanley Ramirez, who signed as a free agent last month with the Boston Red Sox, and bridge the gap until their top position prospect, Corey Seager, is ready.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jimmy rollins, phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates acquire Antonio Bastardo from Phillies

The Battered Bastardo of Baseball.

The Phillies are close to sending Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, and according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and MLB Daily Rumors’ Robert Murray, sent left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo to the Pirates in exchange for minor league pitcher Joely Rodriguez.

Bastardo, 29, posted a 3.94 ERA and 3.10 FIP in 64 innings with the Phillies last season. He struck out 81, walked 34, and owns a career 3.72 ERA. Bastardo has been efficient in six major league seasons, all of which came with Philadelphia, and has proven he can get both left and right-handed hitters out (.211 BAA righties, .185 for lefties)....

In Rodriguez, the Phillies receive a player who can develop into a starter or reliever. He posted a 4.84 ERA in 31 starts with the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate, and was moved to the bullpen in July but was eventually slotted back into the rotation to end the season. His best season came in 2013, when he posted a 2.70 ERA in 26 starts.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: antonio bastardo, phillies, pirates, trade

Tuesday, December 09, 2014


Sunday, December 07, 2014

Rollins may have considered Yanks but won’t waive no-trade for Mets - CBSSports.com

Scratch Jimmy Rollins off the Mets’ shortstop list.

The Phillies have told the Mets and some other teams that Rollins isn’t willing to waive his no-trade clause at this time, scuttling any chance for a trade involving the Mets and those other teams. It isn’t known whether Rollins might change his mind, but that is apparently his current stance.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 11:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, phillies, trade rumors, yankees

Will winter meetings ignite quiet Phillies’ offseason? | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

The Phillies don’t agree with the adage that “it’s better to trade a guy a year too early than a year too late.”

The Phillies’ slow-moving offseason can be traced to two factors. First, as that exec said above, not a lot of teams are knocking down the Phillies’ door for their players. In short, many of the players the Phillies are trying to move have flaws ranging from advanced age, to high salaries, to declining production. The second factor in the Phils’ sluggish offseason is the rest of the industry. In recent years, the Phillies were one of the teams out there forcing the issue, making a push to sign free agents. Now, the Phillies are on the sidelines watching and waiting for the free-agent market to clear. Once the free-agent market clears, the Phillies will have a better idea if they’ll be able to move any players.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:21 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Anthony Castrovince: 10 bold Winter Meetings predictions

These rumors are all wet.

1. Justin Upton to the Orioles

While their hesitance to go to a fourth guaranteed year for Nelson Cruz is understandable, the immediate fact of the matter is that the reigning home run champ now resides elsewhere. Even with Matt Wieters and Manny Machado getting healthier, and even if you believe that Chris Davis is going to rebound, the O’s have some potential for major offensive regression if they don’t make some moves this winter.

In Upton, the O’s can reel in a corner outfielder who has a history of getting on base roughly 35 percent of the time, and can give you a 30-plus-homer season at Camden Yards. This is the kind of move the O’s need to make to maintain their top spot in an AL East in which the Red Sox and Blue Jays are obviously both dramatically improved.

Here’s the rub: The Braves, who appear more certain than ever to move Upton now that they’ve signed Nick Markakis, are looking for young, controllable arms in their bid to build a contender for 2017. There was a time when a top-tier pitching prospect such as Dylan Bundy would have netted far more years of contractual control than Upton, a pending free agent, provides. But in this starting-saturated market - and with Bundy re-establishing himself following Tommy John surgery - I’m not so sure that’s the case. Would the O’s be willing to part with Bundy’s long-term potential for some short-term thump? Hard to say, but their free-agent options have thinned in a hurry.


Rich Allen and the Ebonistics

While “The Wampum Walloper” — who was the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 1964, and the American League’s MVP in 1972 — is best-known for his prodigious fence-clearing blasts and his often-fractious relationship with the press, [Dick] Allen was also a genuinely talented singer. Unfortunately, the only remaining evidence we have of his abilities on the mic is “Echo’s of November,” the 1968 single he cut as Rich Allen with the Ebonistics, his fabulously named vocal group, for Philadelphia’s Groovey Grooves label…

one might expect his lone recording foray to have been a funky declaration of individualism, à la James Brown’s “Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud,” which was also released in riot-torn 1968.

But… [it’s] an achingly lovely doo-wop ballad, a dreamy throwback to the days over a decade earlier when vocal groups like The Penguins, the Platters, and the Harptones ruled the charts, and a young man in Wampum, PA kept his ear glued to the late-night radio transmissions coming out of Philly.

The District Attorney Posted: December 04, 2014 at 04:56 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dick allen, history, music, phillies

Monday, December 01, 2014

Jim Bowden: Potential winter meetings trades (PAY)

BODES

Seattle Mariners | Los Angeles Dodgers | Milwaukee Brewers

Dodgers acquire: James Paxton from Seattle; Jean Segura from Milwaukee

The Dodgers have a lot of outfield depth and are looking to build with younger players as they seek a World Series title in the near future. Not an easy formula to make transactions. Matt Kemp has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract, and although I think it would be a mistake to trade him, the fact is that the Dodgers are listening to offers. The Mariners could offer them one of the best young left-handed starters in the game in Paxton to put in their rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. If they could pick up Segura in a three-way deal with the Brewers, they would have their stopgap shortstop until top prospect Corey Seager is ready for the majors (or is moved to third base). Segura, 24, had a down year, but should return close to his 2013 form, when he hit .294 with 12 home runs and 44 stolen bases. The Dodgers would still have Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier in their outfield.

Mariners acquire: Ryan Braun from Milwaukee

If the Mariners want to win the AL West next year, they have to acquire a big right-handed hitter to hit between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager in their lineup, and Braun would be the perfect fit. GM Jack Zduriencik’s claim to fame when he was with the Brewers was his drafting of Braun, and he’d love to get reunited with him in Seattle. The Mariners have Chris Taylor—who could take over shortstop for Brad Miller, who would go to Milwaukee in this potential deal—and would still have a strong starting rotation with Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias, even if they traded Paxton. Of course, they would have to probably sign a midlevel free agent like Brandon McCarthy or Kyle Kendrick after a trade like this.

Brewers acquire: Matt Kemp from Los Angeles; Miller from Seattle

The Brewers had to be concerned with Braun’s loss of power during the past couple of years. Granted, it’s probably because of the numbness in his right thumb that they now think has completely healed. However, after watching Kemp the last two months of the season, there is no doubt that he would be an upgrade over Braun, and while they may lose some in the swap of shortstops, it would be worth it to have less risk with Kemp than Braun. In addition, the deal would send a wake-up call and be a clubhouse chemistry change to a team that collapsed in September.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Former Major League Baseball player, Greenfield native Don Grate dies at 91

Mr. Grate was born Aug. 27, 1923 in Greenfield and was a star athlete at McClain High School and The Ohio State University.

He played Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945-46, making his MLB debut on July 6, 1945. He had a 1-1 Major League record.

R.I.P.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Phillies shouldn’t settle for a rational Cole Hamels trade - SBNation.com

The Phillies need to be looking for fair value, not an overwhelming win. Of course, determining fair value can be difficult. Ultimately it depends on the quality of a team’s talent evaluation skills, the player development people, and luck. If your scouts and metrics evaluate prospects well and your coaches help the players play to their potentials, a team can make fair deals. If the players don’t end up getting hurt once they get on your team (the luck part), everybody will talk about what a genius the GM is. Unfortunately, bad teams are genuinely poor at player evaluation and player development. This often leads to decision maker paralysis and the team just continues to sink toward the bottom. That’s the cycle the Phillies are in.

Because unless Rodriguez becomes Cole Hamels or something close to it, the real Hamels will be a lot more fun to watch over the next couple years, even if the Phillies are dreadful. That’s why the Phillies are holding out for a huge deal. That’s why they should hold out. That, and the pesky supply-and-demand that will drive the trade market once Jon Lester and Max Scherzer sign. There might be a second-place finisher for those two pitchers who will offer a lot more than just a single prospect ...

And if not? The Phillies get to keep an excellent pitcher. The fans get to watch him. That’s not a bad safety net. While whatever the Phillies decide will go horribly wrong and set the franchise back six seasons, at least we know that there’s a rational reason for the Phillies to wait around for an irrational team.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 09:51 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The family legal fight over Ryan Howard’s finances

It’s sad that stuff like this goes on.

In addition to his struggles on the field, Howard was engaged in a nasty legal fight with his family over control of his finances, a fight that included his twin brother and lifetime confidant suing him for more than $2.7 million - and Howard countersuing with allegations of fraud and mismanagement of the fortune that he had amassed.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 10:43 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryan howard

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Phillies Sign Francoeur, Seven Others To Minor-League Deals

I’d totally love to run all these signings out as a 1962-style expansion team.

The Phillies have announced the signings of eight players to minor league deals with spring training invites…

Infielder Andres Blanco
Outfielder Brian Bogusevic
Infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler
Infielder/outfielder Chase d’Arnaud
Outfielder Jeff Francoeur
Catcher John Hester
Outfielder Darin Mastroianni
Outfielder Xavier Paul…

Francoeur, of course, is a former top prospect and long-time starter who spent time both playing in the outfield and pitching last year in the Padres organization.


Deadspin: Curt Schilling Debates Evolution On Twitter

And here we thought he was just a terrible businessman.

Seriously, a seven-year-old with a rudimentary public school education is more informed about science than Curt Schilling. Below is a selection of the absolute dumbest tweets, but if you have a half hour and want to laugh/weep/hate read—or maybe all three at once—go check out his timeline, where he’s still going strong as of this posting.

eddieot Posted: November 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM | 173 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, diamondbacks, dumbass, phillies, red sox

Cole Hamels wants out, but trade could be costly

I’m not sure that snacks will be enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mariners aim to emulate Royals; will KC land Big Piece?

Bob Nightengale’s latest.

They are intent on dumping first baseman Ryan Howard and the remaining $60 million on his contract, but after finding no takers during the season, they have surprising interest from a small-market club with one baseball’s lowest payrolls.

The Royals.

The Royals aren’t about to rip up their payroll, and David Glass suddenly isn’t about to go all Steinbrenner on us, but if the Phillies are willing to eat most of the contract, the Royals have had internal discussions about acquiring him.

They believe he just might be the perfect fit to replace Billy Butler as their everyday DH, and considering they didn’t have a single player hit 20 homers or drive in 75 runs last year, he may be the power threat the Royals need to return to the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 06:45 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mariners, phillies, red sox, royals, yankees

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Cole Hamels fuels Phillies’ hot stove | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

So what will it take to get Hamels?

Industry sources say the Phils are looking for at least three top prospects, two that can play right now and another that isn’t far away. The Cubs and Red Sox are two known suitors and both have the farm systems to get a deal done — if they are willing to meet the Phillies’ rightfully high asking price. Amaro and interim club president Pat Gillick must play the Cubs and Red Sox (and maybe even the Dodgers) against each other as they try to maximize their return on Hamels. If they don’t get what they want, they should hang on to Hamels and float his name again in July when a pitching-thirsty contender might be more desperate to ante up.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 07:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies

Monday, November 03, 2014

Crawford, Nola head Baseball Prospectus’ Top 10 Phillies prospects

Prepare to be underwhelmed.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospect reports

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Phils’ philospophy beginning to evolve | phillies.com

It’s about time.

“My job is to try to make the improvements,” Amaro said. “If we’ve decided we’re going to improve long term rather than short term then that’s what we’ll do. That’s what we’re championed to do. And that’s what we feel is necessary to get us back on track. Our job is to try to be a perennial contender. We made the assessment that with the group we have right now there are changes that have to be made to get there. And so that’s our job at hand. As Pat said, we are keeping all of our options open and we’re not going to limit ourselves with the options that might be out there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Friday, October 24, 2014

Curt Schilling not hiding his scars - ESPN Boston

None of us are invincible.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2014 at 01:38 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, diamondbacks, phillies, red sox, sad

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jerome Williams re-signs with Phils

I don’t mean what I’m about to write to be a swipe at Williams or the Phils.  Here we have a pitcher with 422 IP and an 82 ERA+ from 2012-14.  Sure, the FIP is a bit better, probably close to 90.  The main thing he has going for him is MLB experience (but not any recent success), a willingness to take the mound whenever the manager wants and, after a lot of ups and downs, some durability. 

That’s worth $2.5 M it seems.  Not an obvious overpay as b-r lists his salaries the last two years as $2 M and $2.1 M.

Walt Davis Posted: October 21, 2014 at 09:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jerome williams, phillies, the value of a healthy pitcher

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sielski: A friend fights for ex-Phillie Dick Allen’s Hall of Fame induction

Welcome back,
Your dreams were to knock Bill James out.

“Bill James,” Frog said. “That’s how it all started, I think. I’d like to punch him in the face.”

The author, historian, and sabermetrician, James wrote in 1984 that Allen “did more to keep his teams from winning than anyone else who ever played major league baseball.” As far as Frog’s concerned, that single sentence, from so influential a voice, has done more to damage Allen’s chances of induction than anything else. Yet time has hardly softened James’ stance.

“What seems to me to be unarguably true is that Dick Allen was a fantastically powerful disruptive force on the teams that he played for,” James wrote in a recent e-mail interview. “For people who are too young to remember, I think you could describe it as Terrell Owens times three. . . .

“So some ignorant . . . wants to punch me in the face about something I wrote 30 years ago, that’s life in the big city.”

Allen, of course, might change that perception merely by opening up more, but he won’t do it. Frog has talked to him about it. He has gotten nowhere.

It doesn’t bother Frog. It shouldn’t bother anyone, because whether Dick Allen gets into the Hall of Fame or even cares whether he gets into the Hall of Fame, the e-mails and the phone calls and the hours Frog has spent in front of that basement computer come down to something bigger, something everlasting, something more important than an athlete’s likeness immortalized on a bronze museum plaque.

Repoz Posted: October 18, 2014 at 09:32 PM | 186 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, phillies

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Phillies continue to enjoy front row seat to the progress of everybody else

While in Philadelphia…

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

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