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Monday, August 29, 2005

Phillies - Acquired Tucker

Philadelphia Phillies - Acquired OF Michael Tucker from the San Francisco Giants for P Kelvin Pichardo.

I appreciate the thought - Ed Wade usually just acquires a weak middle reliever in late summer moves - but though the idea of improving a bench with a whole lot of zeroes is a good one, Michael Tucker isn’t a very good hitter to fill that role.  Pichardo is a 19-year-old starting prospect (a Dominican, so might not be 19) who doesn’t have a big fastball and has had some success in just over a year’s experience (62K in 59 IP last year, 37:3 K/BB ratio in 54 IP this year), but he’s not loved by scouts and is a long way off.  I think I’d still have hung onto him instead of picking up Tucker.

The Giants are making noises about trying out a bunch of young players now that the season’s over; too bad they don’t have many in the system worth the treatment.  The thought’s nice, though.  Too bad it won’t be enough to peer-pressure the Cubs into doing the same thing.

Dan Szymborski Posted: August 29, 2005 at 07:42 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Harris Posted: August 29, 2005 at 07:59 PM (#1582258)
As stated - at least the Phils didn't trade Gavin Floyd or Cole Hamels to acquire Tim Worrell.
   2. 1k5v3L Posted: August 29, 2005 at 08:02 PM (#1582263)
at least the Phils didn't trade Gavin Floyd or Cole Hamels to acquire Tim Worrell.

Unfortunately.
   3. Spike Owen 10/2/1987 Posted: August 29, 2005 at 08:10 PM (#1582278)
250/301/299 -- Tomas Perez, 144 ABs
276/299/306 -- Ramon Martinez, 98 ABs
220/261/312 -- Endy Chavez, 109 ABs
239/316/371 -- Michael Tucker, 251 ABs

That's the Phillies bench, not counting Todd Pratt and whoever doesn't start between Kenny Lofton and Jason Michaels. Pratt doesn't count because, as the backup catcher, he almost never gets used unless starting (2 PH all year, both K's).

So, Tucker actually qualifies as significant improvement. Tucker hopefully bumps Endy Chavez off any potential playoff roster, meaning the Phillies would only carry 2 useless bench players instead of 3. Now if they can only find a way to replace Martinez by Wednesday (Tomas Perez being the Phillies' equivalent of a lucky rabbit's foot) . . .

Also note that Tucker bats lefty, like Lofton and Chavez. My only fear is that Wade's auditioning Tucker to replace Lofton as next year's lefty-hitting backup OF.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 29, 2005 at 08:29 PM (#1582306)
Michael Tucker is good friends with TV's Emmanuel Lewis, better known as "Webster."
   5. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 29, 2005 at 08:40 PM (#1582330)
Shane Victorino is only doing a .911 OPS at S-WB this year. He's more of a gamble than Tucker, because there is a chance that he could be useful. :(
Of course Tucker's .687 looks pretty good compared to those other guys.
Players 21-25 for the Phils (let's include Cormier) define "teh suck".
   6. Harris Posted: August 29, 2005 at 08:49 PM (#1582349)
Tomas Perez being the Phillies' equivalent of a lucky rabbit's foot

What the hell have we won with him? He's got a nice thorn in the side of the Atlanta Braves, but it's not like every team he's on goes to the playoffs. Wanna call Kenny Lofton, Reggie Sanders, or David Justice a lucky rabbit foot, fine. Perez?? I don't think so.

21-25 on the Phils roster ....
Martinez, Cormier, Brito, Lopez, Chavez.
and I like the little bit I've seen of Lopez and Brito. I so hope Cormier gets DFAd in the near future. Fultz is a better lefty and Brito can't be as bad as Cormier. Actually screw that, let me revise.

21-25 on the Phils roster.....
Bell, Martinez, Cormier, Lopez, Chavez, with apologies to Lopez, due to lack of sample size.
   7. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 29, 2005 at 09:04 PM (#1582388)
I forgot about Lopez, but do you think Perez > Bell? At least Bell can lunge at a ball within 2 feet, catch it, get up and throw accurately. That one play appears to be the limit of his defense, unfortunately.
   8. Spike Owen 10/2/1987 Posted: August 29, 2005 at 10:11 PM (#1582559)
Harris -- I mean "lucky rabbit's foot" in the sense of something you hold onto because of an irrational superstition that it's useful. I didn't mean to imply any actual history of luck.

Ideally, Ed Wade will go find someone, anyone, who can play third base and hit at least a 750 OPS. Hell, this is a team that could really use Wes Helms, Corey Koskie, or even Tony Graffanino. Rich Aurilia from the Reds would be a good pickup. Anything that might mean less David Bell.

When you're looking to improve on Endy Chavez and Ramon Martinez, well, Michael Tucker and Rich Aurilia suddenly look REALLY GOOD.
   9. jacjacatk Posted: August 29, 2005 at 10:47 PM (#1582660)
Ideally, Ed Wade will go find someone, anyone, who can play third base and hit at least a 750 OPS. Hell, this is a team that could really use Wes Helms, Corey Koskie, or even Tony Graffanino. Rich Aurilia from the Reds would be a good pickup. Anything that might mean less David Bell.

Gee, I wonder what Placido Polanco is doing these days...


UUU for the Phils - 35 IP, 3-1, 1 sv, 10 hlds, 4 blsv, 4.08 ERA

Polanco for the Tigers - 347/405/436 in 253 PAs
   10. alkeiper Posted: August 29, 2005 at 11:51 PM (#1582804)
Shane Victorino is only doing a .911 OPS at S-WB this year. He's more of a gamble than Tucker, because there is a chance that he could be useful.

.310 batting average, 25 doubles, 16 triples, 18 home runs, 17 steals, 51 walks. Plus, his defensive range and arm are very good to excellent, based on personal observation. And he switch-hits. Everywhere you look on Victorino's performance record there's something to like.
   11. PhillyBooster Posted: August 30, 2005 at 01:14 AM (#1582998)
Yeah. Perez isn't really a rabbit's foot. He's more like a fifth of scotch.

He doesn't help you win, but he makes you feel a little better about yourself while you're losing.

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