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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Friday, December 02, 2005
Phillies - Signed Gordon
Philadelphia Phillies - Signed P Tom Gordon to a 3-year, $18 million contract.
The Phillies hired Pat Gillick to win now, not later. Gordon still has something left in his arm - he still pitched well despite 2005 being the first time he struck out less than a batter an inning since 1998. He’s got some Ks to spare, however, and his arm has been relatively healthy the last few years. The odds of the Phillies being happy with this trade in 2006 are quite good. If they get 2 good seasons out of Gordon, a definite possibility, even if his arm goes in the last year of his contract, they can just pretend that it was a 2-year, $18 million contract. In a month on the job, Trader/Stand Pat has figured out how to do something Ed Wade couldn’t in the better part of a decade - get good relievers in the offseason so you don’t have to trade for mediocre relievers during.
I noticed that in the Jayson Stark report on the signing, he’s called the “Phillie Phlash” in the headline. Please, Jayson, if you’re reading this, I’m guessing your editor picked that, but please, please punch the guy in the face for me. If you get in trouble, it’ll be OK - just tell them some guy on the internet told you to do it.
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