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Melky Suspension May Disrupt Phillies

15 Aug

Like it or not, the suspension of Melky Cabrera is going to have an impact on the Phillies offseason plans.

Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy, as he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. Cabrera had denied reports of the test for a number of weeks after rumors swirled of the test around the time of the All-Star game.

Cabrera was the All-Star Game MVP, and was leading the league in runs, and hits.

The Phillies toyed with the idea of trying to trade for Melky last season before making their move for Hunter Pence, and given their need for a center fielder next season, would likely have considered trying to sign him as a free agent this fall.

They still could.

For Cabrera it was a mistake that will cost him millions, as he was likely in line to entertain offers above $75MM for his services going forward.  He was going to be one of the three most sought after outfielders this fall with Michael Bourn, and Shane Victorino. All along I was kinda hoping that Bourn would be our number one target, but with this suspension to Cabrera it may actually increase Bourn’s price.

With Bourn’s price already looking to be sky high, and Melky’s suspension makes the market for a premiere outfielder a little bit thinner.  At the same time it’s possible that a team might get a huge discount if a team decides to grab Cabrera in free agency, but of course there is plenty of risk there, since you really don’t know what you’re going to get.

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Phillies Tidbits

5 Aug
  • Cliff Lee will remain a Phillie for the remainder of 2012, as the window on the Dodgers’ waiver claim closed today. Lee coughed up three home runs in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks this afternoon.  Lee looked great at times, but continues to attack
  • Kyle Kendrick will start on Wednesday against the Braves.  Kendrick stepped in as a spot starter on Friday when Dodgers acquired Joe Blanton just before game time. Kendrick will be making his 15th start of the season which earns him a $100,000 bonus.
  • Jimmy Rollins got Sunday off after going hitless in his last three games.  Rollins was batting .187 in his last 22 games.  Rollins came on to pinch hit for Michael Martinez in the 8th, and finished the game. He popped out in his lone at-bat.
  • The Phillies announced that they have released infielder Mike Fontenot.  The Phils designated Fontenot for assignment on August 1.  Mike was released to make room on the roster when the Phillies acquired Josh Lindblom and Nate Schierholtz. Fontenot, 32, hit .289/.343/.340 in 105 plate appearances this year for the Phillies.  The veteran signed a minor league deal with the Phillies in April and split time between second and third base in 2012.
  • Shane Victorino is batting .167 (2-12) with 1 run scored and 1 stolen base in three games with the Dodgers.
  • Hunter Pence is batting .118 (2-17) with zero runs, 2 RBI and 3K’s in four games with the Giants.
  • The Phillies observed a moment of silence for Garrett Reid before Sunday’s game. The 29-year-old son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid was found dead in his room at the Eagles training camp at Lehigh University on Sunday morning. Local police said there were no “suspicious” activity and no cause of death has been determined.

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Phils Take Two of Three From Nats

3 Aug

It wasn’t a sweep, but it sure did feel great to take two of three from Nationals in DC.  Especially after a brutal series against the Braves, and then saying good bye to Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence. 

The Phillies touched up Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday, and prevailed in a tight game on Wednesday courtesy of Jimmy Rollins and the long-ball.

Thursday night was a different story as Ross Detwiler out dueled Cole Hamels for a 3-0 victory.

The Nationals are the best team in the NL East, and pose to be the biggest threat to hold onto that distinction.

The Nats are far younger then the Phillies and going into next season will have money to spend.  It’s already been speculated that the Nationals plan on taking a run at signing Michael Bourn.  Bourn is a client of Scott Boras who represents multiple players in the Nationals organization.

… And something tells me the Phillies want Bourn back.

The Phillies aren’t done by any means.  2012 might be the lost year for the Fightin’ Phils, but they’ll have money to spend for 2013, and expect them to do it. Signing Cole Hamels is a big sign of their commitment to winning, and to their fans.

Charlie Manual lamented that thought when asked about the sell-out streak.

“I hope they stay with us,” he said. “We have good players. We have good pitchers. The sellout streak is something we want to keep intact. We’re trying to win as many games as we can.”

He went further.

“I think people will still come see us,” Manuel said. “I hope they do. We’re going to keep trying to improve this team. Talking to our front office, we definitely want to keep a quality team so the fans will have something to be excited about. But for now we have to win some games. We have to show them we can win some games.”

Jayson Werth still thinks the Phillies can be a force.

“I’m not convinced it’s over for them,” Werth said. “They’re still going to be a pretty good team as the years go on here. Unfortunately, I guess more fortunately for us, it’s been our year this year.”

After vowing to make sure there is never a parade in Philadelphia again, Werth still thinks it’s a possibility, and so should you.

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Same Here Shane

2 Aug

Classy move by Shane Victorino.  Full page ad taken out in the Philadelphia Daily News.

By the way, Shane went 0-4 in his Dodger debut, and Hunter Pence went 0-4 in his debut with the Giants.

The new era of Phillies baseball has begun.  2-0, huh?

Being the spoiler might just be fun.

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Mahalo Shane – Victorino Traded to Dodgers

31 Jul

I feel like listening to some Boyz II Men.  It is hard to “Say Goodbye to Yesterday”, but Shane Victorino has indeed been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right handed relief pitcher Josh Lindbloom, and Ethan Martin.

Josh Lindbloom is in his second year of Major League service and is arbitration eligible next season.  Lindbloom this season is pitching with a 2-2 record, 3.02 ERA and 8.1 SO/9.  He currently makes $483k and isn’t a free agent until 2018.

This deal was about getting younger, and getting the right players that make reasonable money that the Phillies can control.

Josh Lindbloom threw a scoreless inning against the Phillies on July 18th.  He struck out Mike Fontenot, and Jimmy Rollins.

Ethan Martin is a former first round pick (15th) that has been pitching with the Dodgers AA team in Chattanooga.  He’s struggled a bit over the years, but has improved this season.  Martin has averaged 9.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched (441 SO/426.2 IP).

The Phillies will also receive a player to be named later, or cash.

Not enough can be said for what Shane has done for this team and it’s community.  I loved the little guy.  Very fiery, and very charitable.   Shane has had a great ride in Philly and will be missed.

Not too bad for a Rule 5 pick.

Mahalo Shane.

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Trade Update: Shane Victorino

31 Jul

  • Update: 10:10 AM EST – ESPN’S Jayson Stark is reporting that the Dodgers and Phillies are “Very close” to a deal for Shane Victorino.  Deal said to be for Josh Lindbloom, and another player. 
  • Update: 1:15 AM EST – Jerry Crasnick of ESPN tweets that the Dodgers and the Reds are the only teams that are still on Vic.  My thoughts are The Dodgers just acquired Brandon League from the Mariners, who would be perfect to flip to the Philles. 

Give Ruben Amaro Jr. a little credit, he’s not giving away anything.

One of the reasons that the Phillies are going down to the wire with their trades, is that Amaro isn’t parting with any of his players without a fight.  Shane Victorino is one of them.

Victorino is hitting .261/.324/.401 in 431 plate appearances this year, and the Giants, Reds, and Dodgers have been named as other potential suitors for Shane.   Jerry Crasnick of ESPN says that Giants are only discussing one Phillies outfielder, and it’s Hunter Pence. They apparently are not in on Victorino.

The word with the beats is that the Phillies are pushing Pence harder then Shane, but that may just be because they know Shane will be easier to unload.

The Reds need a leadoff hitter and Victorino has been their top target, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports, however the Reds don’t like the Phillies’ asking price for Victorino.

The Dodgers seem to make the most sense.  They are without the speedy Dee Gordon for a few more weeks, and could use a little speed at the top of their lineup. They also have the cash and prospects to make it happen.

Right now the market for Shane is pretty calm, but by noon on Tuesday, things should be cooking. Stay tuned.

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Trade Update: Hunter Pence

30 Jul

Update: 12:16 PM EST Now that Victorino has moved to the Dodgers the Hunter Pence talks are heating up according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.  Jon Heyman of CBSSports says that the Giants are closing in on Pence. 

There have been some rumblings of talks between the Giants and the Phillies about Hunter Pence, and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN says that Giants are only discussing one Phillies outfielder, and it’s Pence. They apparently are not in on Victorino.  That’s as of 10:45 EST.

I guess it’s kinda surprising, but some teams just don’t like rentals.

Being able to have control over Pence in 2013 is probably important to the Giants, however Pence will likely get somewhere north of $14MM after he goes to arbitration. That might make things difficult for them since they don’t know what they’re going to do with Tim Lincecum and they have a bunch of arbitration eligible players like Buster Posey, and Brian Wilson.  Not to mention that they might want to try and lock up Melky Cabrera, who is having another amazing season.

This might be one to watch.

The Giants have a collection of interesting prospects for the Phillies to consider, and unlike the Blanton talks, with Pence the Phillies are looking for a SERIOUS haul.  Centerfileder Gary Brown, Shortstop Joe Panik, and catcher Hector Sanchez are all ones to think about.

Gary Brown is probably the centerpiece of this deal since the Phillies have no idea what’s going on with prospect Tyson Gillies, and all his off the field troubles.

Philliesnation.com has similar thoughts.

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Phillies Preparing to Sell Hard

29 Jul

Victorino slides in safe, but is likely out as a member of the Phillies.

The Phillies needing a great weekend series against the Braves to have any hope of keeping their team together….

It was far from great.

After being swept in Atlanta, the Phillies will likely prepare to dismantle a their team before the 4Pm deadline on Tuesday.

At the top of that list is Shane Victorino.  Vic has drawn interest from Giants, Pirates, Reds and Dodgers, who all need more speed at the top of their lineup.  If Shane has indeed played his last game as a Phillie, he had a good one, crushing his 88th homer as a Phillie and had two other hits and two runs scored.  Shane was instrumental in the successes of the Phillies from 2007-2012, but there just isn’t room for a salary of his kind going into the future.

Multiple teams have inquired about Juan Pierre, and both the Orioles and Cardinals are potential destinations for Joe Blanton according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. He also says that Hunter Pence could be moved if GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is blown away by an offer, and speculates that Ty Wigginton would fit on several teams looking for bench help.

I still think yesterday’s pitching performance bodes well for Joe Blanton.  As you probably remember the Phillies acquired Joe from the A’s in 2008 and he was instrumental in their championship run.  He would certainly help solidify a contenders starting rotation, and in his last three starts has proven to be as durable and reliable as ever.  Joe allowed just four hits and two runs over seven innings. He walked just one and struck out seven.

The Phillies are very likely to keep Cliff Lee for now, although he could be shopped this offseason in an attempt to fill multiple holes, and lower the Phillies overall salary.  With a bit of uncertinty surrounding Roy Halladay, and his less then “Halladay Like” performances, Lee might just be worth holding onto through 2013.

To that extent, Charlie Manual might even consider shutting Roy Halladay down for the remainder of 2012 if things don’t change.

In no way are any of the moves the Phillies are making about dumping salary.  Money is not the issue, prospects and 2013 are. The Phillies need to get better, and it starts in the bullpen.

Ruben Amaro Jr. has really dazzled us the last few years with the players he has acquired, now we’ll see what he can do when he’s got players to sell.

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Vic Feeling Better

24 Jul

Let’s hope he is.

Last night in the first inning Shane Victorino took a Randy Wolf pitch to the elbow, and was called out after umpire Brian O’Nora blinked and blew the call, saying that Shane offered at the pitch.

Victorino left the game with numbness in his arm, but after Monday’s game Shane said that he was feeling better.

I sure hope that’s true.

If the Phillies find a way to make a run, Victorino is going to be very important to the cause.  At the same time, if things fall apart in the next few days, Victorino does have some value, and the Phillies won’t be able to trade him if he’s hurt.

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Phils Shopping Shane

14 Jul

According to a report from ESPN’s Buster Olney the Phillies are indeed shopping outfileder Shane Victorino.

Rival teams are saing that the Phillies‘ asking price for Shane Victorino is sky high right now.  Last week, people familiar with the club’s thinking told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that whether he is dealt before the deadline or plays out the year in Philadelphia, he doesn’t appear to be long for the organization.  Victorino was looking for a 5-year deal at the beginning of the season, and the Phillies most certainly won’t go there.

Victorino has looked lost at the plate, and a change of scenery might just be what he needs to turn it around.

Shane is said to be a fit for many teams including the IndiansPirates, and maybe the Yankees, but it’s not clear if anyone would give them value equal to the draft pick they would receive as compensation, tweets Olney.

One other fit for Victorino could be the Reds.  They’re currently looking for a lead-off hitter, but their outfield is pretty full with Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, and Ryan Ludwick.

Last night’s loss wis the Phillies 11th, in 12 games.  If the Phillies are going to turn things around, they need to start doing it yesterday.

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