Posted on: December 15, 2009 12:15 pm

Michael Taylor Traded...AGAIN

MLBTR reports the Michael Taylor will be traded to the Athletics for Brett Anderson.

Toronto wanted a 3B instead of an OF, which makes sense, seeing that they have an already crowded OF.
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Posted on: December 15, 2009 12:48 am

Update on "The Trade"

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies also will acquire a third player in the deal along with $6 million from the Toronto Blue Jays. He also says that Travis D'Arnaud is "likely" in the deal. D'Arnaud was previously a sure thing in the deal.

For Phillies fans, the longer we wait, the more this trade makes sense and the better it gets.

Phillies get:
Roy Halladay
Phillippe Aumont
Tyson Gillies
One other prospect

Mariners get:
Cliff Lee

Blue Jays get:
Michael Taylor
Kyle Drabek
Travis D'Arnaud (tentative)
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Posted on: December 15, 2009 12:26 am

Blockbuster Deal FinaLee Done

If this deal ends up like many sources have it then there would be a somewhat lateral movement for the Phillies this year, but an actual improvement for the future.

As of now:

Mariners get:
Cliff Lee

Blue Jays get:
Kyle Drabek
Michael Taylor
Travis D'Arnaud

Phillies get:
Roy Halladay
Phillippe Aumont
Tyson Gillies

The Phillies would cumulatively lose only their top catching prospects as they would receive a top pitching prospect and a top outfield prospect. Michael Taylor is a little better than Tyson Gillies and Kyle Drabek is better than Phillippe Aumont, but, they are all prospects, which have proven nothing yet.

If this trade is made official the Phillies rotation will consist of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ plus a fifth starter. This is great for the organization because the top 4 will be in Philadelphia for a few more years with the only change at the fifth starter position.

Losing only a catching prospect (who is blocked for the next 4 or 5 years anyway) is a good deal for the Phillies. I will miss Cliff Lee as much as anyone, but this needed to be done, and once again, Ruben Amaro Jr. did a great job in securing the present and the future for the Philadelphis Phillies.
Posted on: December 3, 2009 1:10 pm

Placido Polanco signs 3 yr deal with the Phillies

Great news out of Philly today, as the new 3rd basemen for the Phillies know how to handle a baseball bat.

The best lineup in the National League just got better.

1. Jimmy Rollins
2. Placido Polanco
3. Chase Utley
4. Ryan Howard
5. Jayson Werth
6. Raul Ibanez
7. Shane Victorino
8. Carlos Ruiz

I'm a big Victorino fan, so moving him down in the order is actually a good thing , he will bring in about 85 to 95 RBU hitting behind those guys, and Ibanez now has protection behind him as Feliz did not scare anyone,

Great Job Ruben.
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Posted on: November 10, 2009 11:53 am

Halladay Rumors Swirl

There has been rumors heard around here on 610 WIP radio that the Phillies are shopping for Roy Halladay again. I said it at the deadline, and I'll say it again. We do not need Roy Halladay at the current price.

Roy Halladay is a top tier ace, but we would be paying too high a price for one year. Undoubtedly, the Phillies would have the best rotation in baseball if we got him, but rumors lately have been saying the Blue Jays would want Cole Hamels in one package. Cole Hamels had a bad year, we can all say that without remorse, but he is only 25 years old, has shown what he can do, and is almost guaranteed to be a future ace.

Another package would be the familiar Kyle Drabek and one of Michael Taylor or Dominic Brown or J.A. Happ. Roy Halladay is not worth this price for only one year.

If we traded J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek, and Michael Taylor then the Phillies rotation would consist of Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and most likely Jamie Moyer. This is a great rotation, and it would definately put the Phillies in October if they stayed healthy.

The problem is, after next year (assuming the Phillies sign Lee to an extension) the rotation would consist of Lee, Hamels, Blanton, and then we have no one because Happ and Drabek would be gone. There is also a chance we couldn't sign Lee to a long-term deal because we took on Halladay's salary in the previous year.

Do not trade away the future and just go out and sign Rich Harden. This would give the Phillies a rotation of Cliff Lee, Rich Harden, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and J.A. Happ. Not to mention we would still have Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor, and the other prospects for when Ibanez retires and when we lose either Jayson Werth or Shane Victorino.

Posted on: November 6, 2009 1:16 pm

Phillies Offseason

Congrats to the Yankees on winning the 2009 World Series, and congrats to the Phils on a good season.

The offseason has started and here is what the Phillies need to address.

Free Agents:

Scott Eyre
Brett Myers
Matt Stairs
Paul Bako
Miguel Cairo
Chan Ho Park (Type B)

Players with options:

Pedro Feliz (5 Mill club option) $500K buyout

I think the Phillies will pick up Pedro Feliz's option which will keep the starting 8 together. But, I hope they do not pick up his option and go after Mark DeRosa, who would finally fill the void of a hitting 3B for the Phillies.

This leaves 5 spots open on the 25 man roster for the Phillies. Chan Ho Park will almost certainly be back, and there is a chance Bako will be back. So far the roster for next year looks as follows:

Carlos Ruiz
Paul Bako

Ryan Howard
Chase Utley
Jimmy Rollins
Pedro Feliz
Greg Dobbs
Eric Bruntlett

Jayson Werth
Shane Victorino
Raul Ibanez
Ben Francisco

Starting Pitchers:
Cliff Lee
Cole Hamels
Joe Blanton
J.A. Happ
Jamie Moyer

Brad Lidge
Ryan Madson
J.C. Romero
Chan Ho Park
Chad Durbin
Clay Condrey

That is 23 players, so there are 2 spots left open. Phillies fans hope one will be John Lackey and the other will either be Michael Taylor, a left handed reliever, or a nice bench player such as Omar Vizquel, Reed Johnson, or Ryan Freel.

If I was the GM for the Phillies, I would personally not pick up Feliz's option, and go after Chone Figgins. This would give us a legit leadoff hitter, because Jimmy Rollins thinks he is a clean-up guy. I would also buy out Jamie Moyer somehow and finally resign Chan Ho Park and go get a Joe Beimel or a John Grabow.

DyinForAChamp's Utopian 2009 Phillies Lineup and Pitching Rotation

1. Chone Figgins
2. Shane Victorino
3. Chase Utley
4. Ryan Howard
5. Jayson Werth
6. Raul Ibanez
7. Jimmy Rollins
8. Carlos Ruiz

Cliff Lee
John Lackey
Cole Hamels
Joe Blanton
J.A. Happ
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Posted on: November 6, 2009 8:49 am

Phillies Offseason Necessities

The Phillies had a great season, no one can doubt that, but with a few minor moves, we can be right back in the mix next year.

Players to add:

A decent hitter at 3rd base, preferably Mark DeRosa. Pedro Feliz is great defensively, but he has not lived up to the hype of being a 25 HR a year hitter like some projected, plus it does not look like he has a clue when he is at the plate.

Bench players, Francisco is good, Dobbs is good as well, but he was hurt all season. As much as I don't want to admit it, Matt Stairs is done as well. Bruntlett is a good bench player as he can play numerous positions. Reed Johnson would be a good fit here.

5th Starter.

Pedro is done, and John Lackey would be gold here if we can get him.
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Posted on: October 22, 2009 11:52 am

World Series Predictions

Assuming the Yankees do not choke against the Halos.

Phillies in 6 in a phenomanal series.

Game 1 in NY: Oct 28

Lee vs. Sabathia

Yankees win a close one 3-2

Game 2 in NY: Oct 29

Hamels vs Burnett

Yankees win 8-4

Game 3 in PHI: Oct 31

Pedro vs. Pettite

Phillies win 6-4

Game 4 in PHI: Nov 1

Blanton vs Sabathia (3 days rest)

Phillies jump on Sabathia after 3 days rest 9-5

Game 5 in PHI: Nov 2

Lee vs Burnett (3 days rest)

Phillies win as Lee dazzles in win 6-1

Game 6 in NY: Nov 4

Hamels vs Pettite (3 days rest)

Phillies repeat as Hamels comes up big 5-2

If Joe Girardi stays with his current plan, the Yankees starters will ALL have to pitch on 3 days rest.

If he does this, it will cost him the series as pitchers who aren't Sabathia leave the ball when they are tired, and when the ball is up against the Phillies at home, Home Run Derby occurs.
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