Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Phillies take on a big $13.5M salary and get Buchholz



Could a healthy Clay Buchholz jump start the Phillies rotation in 2017?


Another move that the Phillies make that has you wondering, why?


Would you like to sign a top tier pitcher for your rotation? Sure, any day of the week. But what the Phillies did in signing Clay Buchholz away from the Boston Red Sox is pickup a pitcher who is in the final year of his contract, and has disappointed the Boston Red Sox fans majorly for the past couple seasons.

Clay Buchholz has been with the Boston Red Sox for 10 years, perhaps the best years of his pitching career. Early on Buchholz looked like he was going to be the real deal. In 2010, Buchholz went 17-7 with a 2.33 ERA, that was the numbers that earned him a 7-year $56M deal from the Red Sox at that time. In 2013, Clay was an All-Star with a 12-1 record.

Fast forward to near the end of the contract, now there is one more year left at $13.5M and the Phillies went out and took Buchholz, rescuing the Red Sox from the 2017 Luxury Tax and adding a big salary to the Phillies rotation.

Red Sox fans took to social media, and as we know, social media can be misleading at times, but the general consensus was that many were happy to see Buchholz go.

Scott Lauber, ESPN staff writer who covers the Red Sox, wrote, "Look, Buchholz is hardly irreplaceable. He went 8-10 with a 4.78 ERA in 2016. He got booted to the bullpen in May, went 19 days without pitching in July, and looked like a surefire candidate to be traded or, worse, designated for assignment." But Lauber summed up that it was a salary dump that the Red Sox wouldn't be better because of it, "But on Dec. 20, the only valid reason for the Red Sox to trade 10-year veteran Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies -- for a Class A infielder, no less -- is to guarantee they shed his $13.5 million salary from the 2017 payroll in order to stay below the $195 million luxury-tax threshold and avoid paying a 40-50 percent tax on their overages." Read the Lauber ESPN article here.

So, the Phillies get a guy who use to be very good, spending a whopping $13.5M to see if he can find some of that magic again. This move is like a river boat gambler who is hoping to draw a third ace in his hands in my opinion. It's hardly the type of move that is a solid foundation for a rebuild. Or it is in response to the Phillies low spending on salaries prior to getting Buchholz and Kendrick, the Phillies would have had close to the lowest payroll in the league. Going out and doing some spending at least makes the team look decent from a salary spending prospective.

Maybe Phillies GM Matt Klentak is remembering Buchholz from his  post college days at Dartmouth and this signing is like a trophy signing to him? Whatever the reason, the two acquisitions that he's made and spent a lot of money on for 2017 in Buchholz and Kendrick don't make any sense as far as the future is concerned, the signings are for one year.

Maybe being that it is a contract year, Buchholz will rebound from his last three years in Boston where is was a middle of the road type of pitcher. Boston surely couldn't unload Buchholz in the hot stove action a couple weeks ago and the Phillies didn't get him for nothing, they have to pay his full salary and traded a prospect for him.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Odubel's signing must have surprised even him



Obudel Herrera is now a multi-millionaire Phillies baseball player



The Phillies signed Odubel Herrera to a five year deal, was the headlines this past week as the Phils locked up the speedy center fielder who himself may have been surprised at the move.

The signing came at a time when the Phillies really didn't have to do it, maybe they think Odubel is going to have a breakout year in 2017, and this move will save them money in the long run.

At times it seemed like the Phillies weren't sold on Odubel, he sat the bench a few times, was called out to be more professional on the field by manager, Pete Mackanin, when it came to keeping his feelings and emotions in check.

On the field, he's shown promise, not anything that would lead you to believe that he may be a player that is voted on as an all-star, (the Phillies already named Odubel to the All-star ranks from the team last season) but a guy that will be getting on base and catching a lot of fly balls in the outfield. Anymore, that recipe will be getting you to a big payday in the MLB. A five-year deal for someone who hasn't accomplished all that much is a bit of a gamble. Will this player get better or will he just play about the same?

Fangraphs.com recently wrote an article that says that Odubel may have sold himself short. The article goes on to compare Herrera and his WAR, Wins Above Replacement player, ranking as a key point to the article. Players really aren't paid according to WAR rankings though. So, when they say he sold himself short, they don't know that Odubel would have been foolish to turn down $30.5M dollars for 5 years when he is only going to be 25 years old this season.

Fan reaction has been mixed to this news, they appreciate the hustle that Odubel puts in but a lot of fans didn't see him as the player that the Phillies (at least in December of 2016) were going to build around.

One thing is for sure though, the Phillies did have to start making some decisions for the future. This is one of the first contracts that have been finalized for a certain number of years into the future. We'll see if the saavy Dartmouth graduate, GM Matt Klentak, made the best move with this starting this season.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pat 'The Bat' Burrell and Stairs on 2017's Hall of Fame eligible vote list



Pat Burrell is one of the most popular Phillies in the history of the team, his swing was legendary




Wow, it's been 5 years since Pat Burrell retired, and this year 'The Bat' is on the 2017 Hall of Fame voting list. Matt Stairs also is on the list to be voted on by the BBWAA. How did Pat and Matt get on the list?

Both players were nominated by the writers for this year's election along with 17 other players in their first year of eligibility.

Is Pat Burrell a candidate that could make it to the Hall? He's had 292 HR and 976 RBI over his career. Baseball-Reference.com has a Hall of Fame monitor that keeps a numerical score as to how worthy a player is to make it to the Hall. Burrell unfortunately doesn't add up to Hall numbers, but it is an honor to make the list.

Another ex-Phillie, Matt Stairs, had a long career in baseball (19 seasons), and this year he will be the Phillies hitting coach. Stairs career was a few years longer than Burrell's but he didn't hit as many HR's (265) or drive in as many runs (899) as Burrell did in only a 12 year career. One reason for that is that Stairs was a DH for a long time in his career.

Stairs' numbers on the Hall of Fame statistics over at Baseball-Reference.com says he is even much lower than Burrell on the measurement scale, and he is compared to Burrell among others on a 'similar batters' comparison over a career.

It's a great honor to even make the list to be voted on, players must get more than 5 percent of the vote to make it on the list next year. We'll have to see if either player can surpass that in the vote. The vote is announced on January 28th, 2017.

Here's the ballot list for the 2017 Hall of Fame:

 
Rk Name YoB % of Ballots
1 Jeff Bagwell 7th 71.6%
2 Tim Raines 10th 69.8%
3 Trevor Hoffman 2nd 67.3%
4 Curt Schilling 5th 52.3%
5 Roger Clemens 5th 45.2%
6 Barry Bonds 5th 44.3%
7 Edgar Martinez 8th 43.4%
8 Mike Mussina 4th 43.0%
9 Lee Smith 15th 34.1%
10 Fred McGriff 8th 20.9%
11 Jeff Kent 4th 16.6%
12 Larry Walker 7th 15.5%
13 Gary Sheffield 3rd 11.6%
14 Billy Wagner 2nd 10.5%
15 Sammy Sosa 5th 7.0%
16 Ivan Rodriguez 1st
17 Manny Ramirez 1st
18 Vladimir Guerrero 1st
19 Mike Cameron 1st
20 J.D. Drew 1st
21 Jorge Posada 1st
22 Magglio Ordonez 1st
23 Derrek Lee 1st
24 Tim Wakefield 1st
25 Edgar Renteria 1st
26 Melvin Mora 1st
27 Carlos Guillen 1st
28 Casey Blake 1st
29 Jason Varitek 1st
30 Orlando Cabrera 1st
31 Pat Burrell 1st
32 Freddy Sanchez 1st
33 Arthur Rhodes 1st
34 Matt Stairs 1st
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/13/2016.



Sunday, December 11, 2016

2016 December Holidays Phillies Talk








It's about 114 Days until Opening Day, the Hot Stove Winter Meetings are over, the Phils didn't do much on adding any big named players. That wasn't something that was expected anyway, so we're not that disappointed.

What will 2017 bring to the Phillies, on this show there is talk of this young group of players could be on a final audition to either stay on this team, or be dealt away.

It's the Holiday show, where the podcast starts to smell the fireplaces in that very cold weather, maybe a chestnut or so roasting on an open fire, and some interesting Phillies Talk.


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Hot Stove yields little additions to Phillies team







Well, another Hot Stove season for baseball, and another season that is just plain boring for the Phillies fan. Just a few short years ago, we were treated to some great news of players joining the team but lately, that news hasn't been there.

The Phillies have made a few moves this off-season, but nothing to really hold out hope that it's going to be the team of the future or an important part of why the Phils will do much better this year.

Here's what has happened so far with the team:

Nov 2 2016:  Named Matt Stairs to hitting coach for Phillies

Nov 11 2016: Traded Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney to LA Dodgers for Howie Kendrick

Nov 14 2016: Jeremy Hellickson accepts a qualifying offer one-year deal

Dec 6 2016: Agreed to a one-year deal with Joaquin Benoit


Are Phillies management getting a bonus for keeping a tight reign on signings? It seems to be very strange that the Phils are supposed to be rebuilding for the future, now all of a sudden, there are a lot of one-year deals with players that aren't all that exciting.







Thursday, December 01, 2016

Baseball labor peace for 5 years as players feared International Draft


Owners and players agreed last night in labor peace, good for them, the fans were watching and waiting



Interesting times for baseball labor negotiations, as last night sealed the deal for labor peace in the US MLB for 5 years.

Many stumbling points of the contract had people thinking that this might not go as smoothly as planned to get a deal past.

Read all about the finer points of what happened with the new contract here in an article in the Chicago Tribune.

It came down to the wire almost, just 3 and a half hours until what was described as a player lockout which may have had an impact on the 2017 season. With each labor issue that baseball has had, they have lost fans, many of whom have never looked back. So, it's great that this didn't happen.

Interestingly, the player seemed to be very fearful of baseball opening the draft up to an international pool, I think that could have only helped salaries go higher. If teams speculated on international players that didn't pan out, there would have been plenty of money to go around for those players still in the regular draft.

This labor agreement could've had a significant impact in the future of baseball, had a lockout occurred, there would have been fans to close the book on the game. A generation perhaps? In this day and age of easy TV money, this agreement was a no-brainer. I am waiting on the day when the fans will speak to baseball a little. The high ticket prices passed on to fans with a myriad of other fees until you get in your seat at a ballpark is at an all-time high. Baseball is entertainment, a luxury, an item that people can choose to attend.

Monday, November 28, 2016

New Phillies Talk Podcast edition: Cyber Monday Phillies Musings


It's time for another edition of Phillies Talk Podcast, talking about the latest news surrounding the Phillies baseball team on the longest running independent show that talks Phils baseball. 
Join Rich Baxter on this edition as the subjects are:
Cyber Monday deals for Phillies gear
Hot Stove Phillies Talk
Phillies Home Run records in each month as a team and high for player in that month
all of this and more!
Stay tuned for the new Phillies Talk Podcast Youtube Channel, coming soon and of course a whole lot of shows in the offseason.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Shopping deals for the holidays for the Phillies fan

Here's some shopping deals for 2016 for the Phillies fan you know!
























Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Speculation of Trout signing somewhere else circulates like turkey during hot stove Thanksgiving season


Mike Trout enjoying an Eagles game in Philadelphia. Could this be the start of a long affair with the city of Philadelphia and the Phillies?



There was talk yesterday on MLB Network and it mentioned the marketability of Mike Trout.

There were pros and cons talked about the path that Mike Trout may want to take if he gets frustrated with the finishing place of the Anaheim Angels, like they finished this year. Yes, Trout signed a whopping $144.5M extension to stay with the Angels for 6 years which runs through 2020.

Plenty of reasons were thrown around where Angels management probably would never make a decision to want to trade a player like Trout. He's simply the best player in baseball, but the Angels haven't gone anywhere because of this. One real strong indicator that baseball is a team sport, it takes a lot more than one player to make a good team.

I think the Angels could someday want to test the waters to see what they could get. The bulk of his contract comes due in the years following 2017.

Matt Klentak used to get with the Angels organization, he knows Mike Trout personally, and that could be some sort of blue chip that the Phillies may hold. Another reason the Phillies have an edge is that Trout is from South Jersey, he could be close to his home for most of the baseball season. Of course with the millions that he'll make this season, anywhere could feel like home, and very comfortable at that for him. His roots though are in South Jersey.

Trout holds the keys to his future in regards to trades, he has a full 'no trade' contract. He must approve any trade, and if and when that day comes, it may be tough for him to make a decision. As he gets older, he may want to start be on a winning team. He may stay in that 'small market' bubble. We've seem plenty of good players stay in that mode, and quietly go home when it comes time for playoffs.

He'll probably want to play out the contract with Anaheim, taking him another 4 seasons down the road. Just think though at the contract he would have gotten after this year, he would have been a free agent and with the kind of money that was thrown at Giancarlo Stanton, $325M  for 13 years, the money for Trout would have possibly been more per season.

Of course there are a lot of teams that would rush to get the services of a Mike Trout, he's a player that doesn't seem all impressed by teams that would throw money at him, but for now that dream of landing Trout is just that, a dream. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Phillies not spending on salaries like they did a few years ago






The New York Yankees have made some bold moves over the offseason so far. They've catapulted themselves back up the spending ladder (estimated at $173M for '17), but still are below the free wheeling Boston Red Sox who almost have a $191M payroll for the 2017 season.

The Phillies have jettisoned salary but really haven't gone on any spending sprees of late. The Phils have added two players that will tack a $27M amount onto the payroll for just one year, but still have a payroll that is estimated to be well under $100M for 2017 so far.

The Phillies haven't been this low in salary since before the success of the 2008 World Series team. In fact, the team is at a level it was in 2006 or before. This is well off of all-time records set by the Phils in salary spending in the 2012 and 2014 seasons when the team spent more than it ever did in salaries for one season of baseball.

In 2012, the Phillies spent a record $172M for their Opening Day 25-man roster, culminating the big salaries they handed out after winning the World Series in 2008. They should have been making moves in the few years after the win, but never did. The Phils management led by Ruben Amaro Jr. was very reluctant to break up the success that they perceived was still capable of making it to the playoffs and winning again. After a dip in spending in 2013, the team then went out and set the all-time spending record for the Phils for their Opening Day payroll in 2014 of $177M, and ended up paying out about $183M by the end of the season. Again, no success on the field by that team and Ruben was headed out the door by Phillies management.

As of now, Jeremy Hellickson will be the highest paid on the Phillies at $17.2M for one season, somehow, I don't think the Phillies are done adding for 2017 yet. The hot stove season hasn't really got to a boil yet, and there are plenty of moves that the Phillies can still make.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Optimism on rebuild for Phils takes a turn down for 2017







A lot of the Phillies moves up to this point have made sense for the team. Have the aging veterans that were an important piece of the Phillies past success leave the team to pave the way for the next wave of success for the team. One by one we bid goodbye to important pieces of the 2008 World Series victory.

Cole Hamels, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Chooch, all gone now and the team got a lot younger in the process.

We needed something to build on in 2017, but so far all we have to show for the hot stove is the pickup with Howie Kendrick who himself is an aging veteran that just happened to have a really bad year last year, and we've offered a $17.5M contract to a pitcher who we liked, but really only wanted to offer him that huge one year deal on the premise that he would refuse it and go to free agency.

Jeremy Hellickson wanted to test the waters of free agency. He couldn't lose in this scenario. The Phillies offer him a huge chunk of change to stay with the team for 1 season, meanwhile he can get his 'super agent', Scott Boras, to find him a new team for a multi-year deal. Well, no team was real interested in Hellickson for a multi-year deal, so he keeps the Phillies overpayment for 2017. Somehow that doesn't seem right, how can the player lose in that situation? The Phillies should get a 20-30 percent discount off the original offer.

A post in the baseball website, Fangraphs.com, says that Hellickson didn't really improve all that much last year.  How does a mediocre pitcher command such a high salary of $17.5M? Up to this point in his career, Hellickson hadn't even earned $17M in his total career salary. I know it's free agent baseball, but this is kind of ridiculous and the fact that no other team was willing to pay for mediocrity for a multi-year deal is proof of that.

Matt Klentak, Phillies GM, said he was happy either way. If Hellickson stayed and took the huge one-year deal from the Phils, or he left and the Phils got a draft pick for him. That doesn't sound like a strategist to me, and this last two weeks in the Phillies off-season feels like they have taken a couple steps back in the rebuild process.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Phillies make a puzzling Hot Stove pickup with Kendrick




The Phillies finally made a hot stove move yesterday, and what they came up with is an aged outfielder who earned $10M last year with the Dodgers and didn't deliver much in return for it.

Howie Kendrick is now a Phillie, he'll be patrolling out in the field for the team in 2017 or he may be in the infield. What the Phillies gave up for Kendrick is quite a bit. The Phils traded Darnell Sweeney and Darin Ruf to the LA Dodgers in the deal.

Sweeney looked like he had a lot of promise with the Phillies. He is young, and he had a very good swing, hitting 3 HR and driving in 11 RBI in his brief stint with the Phillies. Sweeney was drafted by the Dodgers in 2012, but found his way to the Phillies and now back to the team that originally paved his path to the big leagues. Darin Ruf is another player that is an example of how the Phillies really messed up a career of a ballplayer by keeping him in the minors too long.

Is this the kind of moves that the Phillies management feel that are really upgrading this team? Matt Klentak used to be an assistant GM with the Angels prior to getting the GM job with the Phillies, so he is familiar with Kendrick as Howie played there from the age of 23 to 30.

Kendrick will be making $10M from the Phillies this year. Last year, he had low offensive production with the Dodgers, he wanted to be traded. Maybe the change in teams will be a good thing for him, and the fact that 2017 will be coming up for another contract after next year,

All in all, I think I'd have rather seen Sweeney have a chance at left field, the few times we saw him, he looked like he had a whole lot of potential.  

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Phillies not rushing into Hot Stove mode


Fowler is available, should the Phillies make a play for him?



We've seen some areas that the Phillies really need to improve at during the past couple seasons. If this was a building that the Phillies were 'rebuilding', we would have to say that there is a long way to go before this building could be declared ready for occupancy.

The Phils have tiptoed into the Hot Stove area of free agents and have barely made a peep. The salaries that have been shaved off of this team have been many, and now what we are left with is a bunch of younger players that most of are due a little more than league minimum for their services for 2017. The team lacked leadership in 2016, there was many games that could have been wins that weren't and the need for better hitters on this team is a glaring one that hasn't been addressed yet by ownership in the form of getting people on the team who can really hit the ball.

The top fielders that the Phillies could be in the hunt for is a hitter, maybe a Dexter Fowler or a Jose Bautista? Jose is a little on the old side, but you never know, a two-year deal perhaps? A few questions stand in the way of that interest. Would a player even consider signing in a place that Philadelphia has become in the past few seasons, and would it make sense to add a player that the Phillies would have to spend a lot of money to land.

You have to start somewhere, you need a veteran, and he should be a leader of some sort with this younger group of players the Phillies have. You need a spark, a guy who can come through and inspire others to do the same.

Do you package up a guy like Maikel Franco and trade him for someone? How about Tommy Joseph, do you package him up with someone and make a trade for a bigger fish?

These are the things that management must come up with, so far, they have played a very conservative hand with this Phillies team. Almost like they are afraid to spend some money, or directed not to.

Something needs to happen with this Phillies team, the clock is ticking, and the hot stove is cooking!

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Awards season is upon us, to be announced on MLB Network!


2016 BBWAA AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
Winners Will Be Announced November 14 – 17 Exclusively on MLB Network

November 7, 2016 – The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) today announced the top three finalists in the American League and National League for the 2016 BBWAA Awards. Following is the complete list of finalists, along with the dates for each upcoming award announcement on MLB Network:

Monday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. ET:
AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year: Michael FulmerTyler NaquinGary Sanchez

NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year: Kenta MaedaCorey SeagerTrea Turner

Tuesday, November 15, 6:00 p.m. ET:  
AL Manager of the Year: Jeff BanisterTerry FranconaBuck Showalter

NL Manager of the Year: Dusty BakerJoe MaddonDave Roberts

Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. ET:
AL Cy Young Award: Corey KluberRick PorcelloJustin Verlander

NL Cy Young Award: Kyle HendricksJon LesterMax Scherzer

Thursday, November 17, 6:00 p.m. ET:
AL Most Valuable Player: Jose AltuveMookie BettsMike Trout

NL Most Valuable Player: Kris BryantDaniel MurphyCorey Seager

Starting next Monday, November 14 through Thursday, November 17BBWAA Awards Week on MLB Network will feature the exclusive live announcements of the winners of each award in the American League and National League by BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O’Connell. Hosted by MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, BBWAA Awards Week will feature live interviews with award finalists, winners and BBWAA members, plus insight from MLB Network’s Sean Casey, Ron DarlingBrian KennyDan O’Dowd, Dan PlesacHarold Reynolds, Ken Rosenthal, Christopher Russo and Tom Verducci.  MLB Network’s offseason programming will provide extensive coverage leading up to and following the daily award announcements, including on Hot StoveHigh Heat with Christopher RussoMLB NowIntentional Talk and MLB Network’s signature studio show,MLB Tonight.

About the BBWAA:
Founded in 1908, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America was established to assist journalists covering Major League Baseball for daily newspapers. Its purpose is to ensure proper working conditions in press boxes and clubhouses, and to ensure its members have access to players and others in the game so members’ reporting can be accurate, fair and complete. Today there are more than 700 active members of the BBWAA working for newspapers, magazines and major web sites.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Hellickson getting a $17 Million dollar deal, just say no



Let Hellickson walk, he's not worth a $17M deal for one season



Just after the season ended, I was thinking it could be good to have Jeremy Hellickson around for at least another year on this Phillies rotation. In the past week or so, my thoughts about that have changed. Hellickson, who is represented by Scott Boras, should be allowed to pursue his free agent dreams and land somewhere else.

The thought of even offering him a deal for one year and $17M is just absurd, he's not that good of a pitcher. That's a lot of money, I'd rather see the team spend that money in other ways on a decent outfielder.

How did it happen when a pitcher is just a .500 type of pitcher qualify for all of this money? Hellickson is 61-58 over 7 full seasons. That's hardly the type of numbers that should be getting you all those millions of dollars to pitch.

Hellickson had 4 games in which the Phillies scored only 1 run for him this past season, a lot of the other games though, they scored plenty when he was on the mound. At the least he should have won about 16 or more games on this Phillies team, but he didn't. He went out there and was giving up 4, 5, and more runs per game a lot of times. He ended up with a 3.71 ERA on the year. Those kind of numbers aren't magical.

Boras seems to think his clients are the best to ever play the game, let them go elsewhere and have another team shell out a lot of money and not get that much back in return for it. The Phils are in a tough spot though, they wouldn't get anything for him if they just let him walk, at least if they offered him the $17M and he refused, they would be getting a draft pick for him. Is he worth $17M for one season, not in my opinion.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 29 should be a holiday in the Philadelphia area


The stadium went wild after the 2008 Phillies World Series victory


The Phillies won the World Series back in 2008 on this day, October 29. Maybe we should petition this day to become a holiday in the Philly area.

The time when area baseball fans were so filled with joy, it was hard to measure. Phillies fever swept the area and made fans out of people who were long out of the baseball scene but for this time, they would be drawn back into the fandom now the the Phillies were the team that was on top.

It wasn't only the fans that jumped on the Phillies bandwagon, it was the baseball players themselves. Now suddenly, there were players that wanted to join the team as a player and perhaps have a chance to get into the World Series, and win another one.

Well, we did get to another World Series, the very next year in 2009, but that year isn't as nearly as memorable as the one that the Phillies won it all. You very seldom hear people talk about that series from 2009, even though the team made it just about as far as you could go with winning the NL pennant. Fans love a winner, and sometimes the loser gets forgotten.

Will the Phillies be a team that ever makes it back to the World Series any time soon? It seems like we've been rebuilding for a very long time. We still haven't found the winning combination or even a spark of that winning combination despite now changing management and getting in some new names on the field.

It's a special chemistry that isn't one that is bought or manufactured, it's a kind of magic when it all comes together for a team like the 2008 Phillies. This team wasn't a heavy favorite to win it all early on in the season, but they pulled together and made magic happen.

Should October 29th get a special mention as a holiday of sorts around the Philly area.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Why the Phillies should be looking to add Mike Trout to the team


Trout in a Phillies uniform would sell at least 10K extra tickets to each game




This question is one that many people have been asking, Will the Phillies be adding any free agents to the roster anytime soon?

How about going after the best player in baseball, Mike Trout?

Trout was in Philadelphia for the Eagles vs. Vikings on Sunday. He's a local guy and he spends a lot of his off season in the area.

Here's some reasons to do that:

Trout is still only 25 years old, he's well on his way to Cooperstown already.

The Angels have had a really disappointing season after losing 88 games and being 21 games out in the AL West. If there was ever a time to consider trading some big names, that may be now for the Angels.

Trout is a local guy, he's from South Jersey. Maybe he'd like to play for the home town baseball team in the Phillies. Matt Klentak used to work with the Angels, he knows them personally and would be the best person to swing a deal for the Millville Meteor.


Some reasons you may not want to trade for Trout:

Trout's salary this year starts to climb, he signed a $144M dollar deal a few years ago, but it isn't until the 2017 season that Trout starts seeing the bulk of this contract kick in. In '17 he's getting $20M and then the next three seasons, he is getting $34M each year. So for 4 seasons you'd be looking at around $120M for his services.

Like the Angels learned, just because you have some big named players on the team, it doesn't always add up to a winning team.



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Familiar faces on the field for tonight's Game 5



Puig would like to come up with a big hit tonight for the Dodgers for sure


It's come down to a Game 5 for the battle in the NL Division series, the Dodgers and the Nationals will square off in Washington tonight to settle who will be going on to the NLCS.

We will see a couple familiar faces as Phillies fans tonight. Jayson Werth with the Nats, who helped the Phils win the Championship back in 2008 and also, Chase Utley, now playing for the Dodgers, who also was on that same 2008 Phillies team and is a longtime favorite with Phillies fans.

Who will triumph tonight? Will it be the home team? The Washington Nationals have been tasting a chance to move onto bigger and better things in the playoffs for the last couple of years. They have the talent but they lost the division series both times in the last couple attempts to move on. The losses in the DS occurred in 2014 and in 2012. This is only the third time in franchise history that the Nats have been in the playoffs.

The Dodgers on the other hand have made the playoffs each of the last 4 years including this year. They haven't advanced to the World Series in those attempts. The closest the LA Dodgers came to the Series was in 2013 when the lost the NLCS to St. Louis.

Both teams are thirsting to advance to better things. Both teams have newly hired managers for this season, so that is very interesting. Both teams have a lot of stars on them. Both teams went 18-12 in their last 30 games of the regular season and both went 11-9 in their last 20 regular season games. The similarities are amazing.

Where things differ are the regular season head-to-head matchup what goes to the Dodgers, these two teams have played 10 times in both regular and postseason play, the Dodgers have won 7 of those games.

It's Hill for the Dodgers vs. Scherzer for the Nats. Both pitchers have high ERA's but the Nats are the Vegas favorites. Who will win this match up?

Here's the latest Vegas odds thanks to Jimmy Shapiro!

Series Prices
Toronto Blue Jays                      -145     (20/29)
Cleveland Indians                      +125     (5/4)

Los Angeles Dodgers                +140     (7/5)
Washington Nationals                -155     (20/31)

Series Correct Scores
Boston Red Sox vs Cleveland Indians
Toronto Blue Jays 4-0                9/1
Toronto Blue Jays 4-1                5/1
Toronto Blue Jays 4-2                4/1
Toronto Blue Jays 4-3                7/2
Cleveland Indians 4-0                 20/1
Cleveland Indians 4-1                 13/2
Cleveland Indians 4-2                 5/1
Cleveland Indians 4-3                 5/1

Futures
Odds to win the 2016 World Series
Chicago Cubs                           8/5
Toronto Blue Jays                     9/4
Cleveland Indians                      15/4
Los Angeles Dodgers                9/1
Washington Nationals                9/1