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Friday, March 09, 2001

Mets GM says his team out of Sheffield sweepstakes

Steve Phillips likes negotiating in public.  It appears to me that it is largely a butt-covering maneuver.  He isn’t really interested in dealing for Sheffield or getting A-Rod etc., so he disavows any interest in getting him.  I wonder if this actually reduces the heat on him or not.  For me, it reduces my estimation of him.

Sean Forman Posted: March 09, 2001 at 05:07 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bruce Markusen Posted: March 13, 2001 at 09:28 PM (#65989)
Steve Phillips may not be the most honorable man (given the marital scandal he was involved in two years ago), but he has actually done a terrific job as the Mets' general manager. He managed to pull off the Mike Piazza deal without giving up an exorbitant amount of talent in return, signed Robin Ventura as a free agent, made the deal to acquire Mike Hampton (who helped the Mets get to the World Series), and showed some creativity in making the three-way trade with the Dodgers and O's that brought in Armando Benitez as a replacement for the overrated John Franco.

I also applaud Phillips for having the courage to stand up to Scott Boras and his demands. Based on all that I've read and the sources that I've talked to, I firmly believe that Boras did make all of those silly demands of the Mets--without Alex Rodriguez' knowledge. Yes, it would be great to have A-Rod, but every negotiation has its limits.

I'm not a Mets fan, but I'd be surprised if they don't make the playoffs this season. I also believe that Phillips will make a deal either during spring training or during the regular season to bolster the weakest link of the team. He has been an aggressive trader in-season (making deals for Bubba Trammell, Rick White, Kenny Rogers, and Shawon Dunston, among others) each of the last two years.
   2. Sam M. Posted: January 17, 2004 at 04:04 AM (#65993)
I'm here! Wow. Reminders of the beginning of the end of the Phillips Era. He was coming off the 2000 WS then -- who saw how quickly it would all fall apart.

'Course, Sheff now has made it to New York . . . other borough, though.
   3. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: January 17, 2004 at 07:09 AM (#65995)
Who needs Gary Sheffield and his stinking 167 OPS+ when you could have these studs instead?

Timo Perez 70 OPS+

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