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The Roy Halladay – Cliff Lee Blockbuster

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This was not supposed to happen. The Phillies were supposed to have a super rotation, led  by Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, that would overtake the Yankees in next year’s World Series. Now, that will not happen.

The news broke late on Monday that Roy Halladay was in Philadelphia,

A video game simulation of new Phillies' pitcher Roy Halladay (above).

 negotiating a 3 year, $60 million dollar deal, after he was finally traded to Philadelphia. However, Phillies owner, David Montgomery, set a strict and tight $140 million dollar payroll, and keeping ace Cliff Lee would not allow that to happen. So, Lee was traded to Seattle. However, the trade leaves many in the city of Brotherly Love puzzled.

Quite frankly, Halladay and Lee are nearly on the same level of talent. Of course, Halladay is right-handed, which favors splitting up the Phillies left-dominated rotation. However, Cliff Lee won the hearts of Philly, trotting out with one great performance after another. Lee lead the Phillies to their second consecutive World Series, albeit a loss.

The plot twist came long after the season was over. It was first reported in early December that the Phillies were working on a long-term contract extension with Lee, and he appeared to be open to it, saying that he enjoyed his time with the Phillies. Although, as the month went on, the rumors began to surface that Philadelphia was contemplating trading Lee. Actually, when I first heard this, a friend told me, and we both laughed at the crazy idea. However, it was that same day that Lee was traded to Seattle, and Roy Halladay was in Philly.

What is confusing to the public and sports experts is why the trade was made now. At the trade deadline, when Halladay was passed over for Lee, it was because the Phillies did not want to give up their top pitching prospect, Kyle Drabek. However, when Lee declined working out a long-term deal, the Phillies could not take the chance of losing him in the offseason for nothing. On the other hand, Halladay agreed to an extension before the trade was even completed. So, the deal came, in which the Phillies gave up Drabek, top prospect outfielder, Michael Taylor (who is being traded to Oakland in a seperate deal), and top prospect catcher, Travis D’Arnaud. This was a steep price for the Phillies, but they acquired prospects for Cliff Lee.

New Phillies' prospect, Phillippe Aumont (above), pitching for Team Canada in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

These prospects are all former first round picks, starting with reliever Phillippe Aumont, outfielder Tyson Gillies, and pitcher J.C. Ramirez. This group of prospects is widely regarded as worse than what the Phillies gave up, but just what Philadelphia may need. Above all, Aumont is a 6’7″ reliever who throws hard. If he has a good spring, Aumont could definitely find himself a spot in the Phils’ bullpen.

Now that the dust has settled, the Phillies made a trade that will be questioned for probably the next four months. There is no way of telling how this trade will work out, since most of the players in the deal are prospects, and there is no way of telling how Halladay or Lee will perform. It is possible that the Phillies could have created a situation similar to the Johan Santana situation a couple of years ago, in which the Twins had one offer left and were forced to take it. That would’ve enabled Drabek to possibly stay a Phillie, but Lee’s unwillingness forced this trade to happen. As of now, the Mariners look to have won this deal, as they will trot Felix Hernandez and Lee out every five days, but the Phillies may have won it both in the short and long-term. ESPN analyst John Kruk went as far as to predict that Halladay will win the NL Cy Young in 2010. No one knows what will happen, but over the next eleven months, the Phillies may show that trading for Halladay was the right move.

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The Free Agent Guessing Game

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I am a follower of the site “mlbtraderumors.com” during the offseason and when it becomes closer to the trade deadline of the baseball season. Usually, I am very interested and agree with a lot of what the site says. However, they posted their Top 50 Free Agent Predictions, and I throughly disagree on many. Here is my list:

 

Matt Holliday (above) watches the game from the dugout.

1.  Matt Holliday – Mets.   The Mets need offense, plain and simple. They have the money, and want to add the big bat.

2.  John Lackey – Red Sox. Boston’s rotation was almost a sure thing prior to last season. Now, Beckett and Lester are the only two definite starters, so signing Lackey is a top priority.

3.  Jason Bay – Red Sox.  Boston is the only place Bay has won, and he fits in very nicely there. I expect him to wait until Holliday signs, but after realizing Boston is his best spot, he will resign.

4.  Chone Figgins – Cardinals. A bit of a surprise here, as most believe Figgins will either sign with the Phillies or return to the Angels. However, the Cardinals struggled with solidifying the top of their lineup all season, and Troy Glaus is no longer a sure thing at the hot corner.

5.  Randy Wolf – Dodgers. L.A. is in the same situation as Boston, and have no idea what their rotation will look like next season. It’s highly unlikely that the Dodgers could acquire Roy Halladay, so Wolf is a must to bring back.

6.  Andy Pettitte – Retirement. Yes, Pettitte is finally going to walk away. After winning a World Series in 2009, who wouldn’t want to go out on top?

7.  Jose Valverde – Yankees. This will be the biggest splash of the offseason in the Bronx, as the will sign Valverde to set up Rivera, and possibly be his replacement.

8.  Marco Scutaro – Red Sox. The Sox let SS Alex Gonzalez walk, and Scutaro fits nicely. He can bat at either the top or bottom of the lineup, and will help SS Jed Lowrie stay fresh throughout the season.

9.  Adrian Beltre – Angels. They will need to fill the void that Figgins leaves, and I don’t think that they are ready to hand over the job to minor leaguers yet. This signing makes much more sense if the Halos are unable to bring back OF Vladamir Guerrero.

10.  Rich Harden – Mets. I believe the Red Sox will get Halladay, and that is why I have Harden going to the Mets. In desperate need of starting pitching and a winning club, look for New York to go on a spending spree to try and fill the stands at Citi Field.

11.  Mike Cameron – Royals. Kansas City already declined Coco Crisp’s option, and they need a center fielder. Frankly, the need elsewhere for Cameron’s services is limited.

12.  Johnny Damon – Giants. The Giants need to add offense, and Damon would fit nicely by the bay. Damon would also be the final piece of an outfield that includes Aaron Rowand and Nate Schierholtz.

13.  Orlando Hudson – Diamondbacks. It was a mistake letting Hudson walk in the first place, and Arizona was a dreadful team last season. They need to make improvements, and second base is one of the many holes on this club.

14.  Miguel Tejada – Orioles. I think Tejada would be good for the Phillies,

Miguel Tejada (above) could dawn that same Orioles' uniform again.

 but I just can’t see that happening. After the relationship soured between Baltimore and Melvin Mora last season, a hole at third base opened up for Tejada to step right back into.

15.  Joel Pineiro – Mets. New York needs rotation help, and its no secret that GM Omar Minaya likes the idea of building a latin oriented team.

16.  Nick Johnson – Orioles. Baltimore let 1B Aubrey Huff go at the trade deadline, and can afford to offer an incentive laden deal to the oft-injured Johnson.

17.  Aroldis Chapman – Reds. This could be the surprise of the offseason. After all the hype, when teams actually see him throw, I believe that his value will fall in the eyes of GMs, and will join the Reds rotation of the future, Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, and Micah Owings.

18.  Marlon Byrd – Rangers. It is the only place where Byrd has had success in his major league career, and there is not much of a market for center fielders, prompting the Rangers to keep Marlon.

19.  Vladimir Guerrero – Twins. This is another surprise pick here, but Minnesota needs to add a bat to help MVP Joe Mauer and 1B Justin Morneau. Guerrero would be the perfect DH to open a new ball park in the Twin Cities.

20.  Felipe Lopez – Dodgers. With Orlando Hudson leaving the Dodgers, Lopez fits right in as a bat in the No.2 hole of the line up, or down at the bottom.

21.  Adam LaRoche – Braves. LaRoche has spent most of his big league career in Atlanta, and the Braves can’t afford to lose too much offense. Look for LaRoche to get a pay raise to ensure that he doesn’t leave Georgia.

22.  Rafael Soriano – Angels. Adding this right-handed late inning reliever will give L.A. the ability to play the numbers, and put in either Soriano or closer Brian Fuentes based on matchups.

 23. Jon Garland – Twins. Minnesota would like another arm to go in their rotation, and Garland would be a nice addition. He is one of the lower pitchers of this year’s crop, so his price will not be outrageously high.

24.  Carl Pavano – Nationals. Pavano was given a shot by the Indians last season, and was then traded to Minnesota. While Carl could still return to Cleveland, the Nationals are in need of a veteran starter, and a stop gap until all their young pitching talent arrives.

25.  Brad Penny – Diamondbacks. Arizona needs everything, and Penny would give the D-Backs a deeper rotation, as well as a veteran starter.

26.  Erik Bedard – Dodgers. Bedard is often injured, and this could lower his price. However, price isn’t much of an issue in L.A. Bedard is also rumored to be a pain in the clubhouse, in which he would fit right in with Dodgers OF Manny Ramirez.

World Series MVP Hideki Matsui (above) won't leave the Bronx.

27.  Hideki Matsui – Yankees. Believe it or not, the Yankees need the Japanese media in New York. Not to mention, Matsui was just World Series MVP, and there is no way that he is let go.

 28.  Bengie Molina – Mets. The Mets need bats, and their offseason spending frenzy will continue with the signing of Molina. Acquiring one of the best hitting catchers in baseball will help New York build a deeper line up.

29.  Mike Gonzalez – Braves. A possible destination is in the Bronx, but if Soriano leaves Atlanta, Gonzalez may like having the closer’s role all to himself.

30.  Jason Marquis – Rockies. Marquis had a stellar first half in Denver, but struggled down the stretch. I believe that he will hold out in hopes of a bigger deal, but the market will not play in his favor and force a return to the Rockies.

31.  Placido Polanco – Rays. Money isn’t a plenty down in Florida, but after trading 2B Akinori Iwamura, the Rays could use a stabalizing force at the top of their line up. CF B.J. Upton was inconsistent last season, which is why signing Polanco could happen.

32.  Tim Wakefield – Red Sox.  Boston’s rotation is very uncertain, and Wakefield has only ever played for one team. If Wakefield doesn’t return to Boston like I believe, look for retirement.

33.  Ben Sheets – Rangers. Sheets has taken a year off to recover from shoulder surgery, and looks to mount a comeback. Not many teams will be willing to offer him a contract, but the Rangers are always in need of starters, and could offer him an incentive laden deal. Not to mention, Sheets is the same kind of pitcher that owner Nolan Ryan used to be, so that must make him attractive.

34.  Doug Davis – Brewers. Davis has already played for the Brewers, and Milwaukee doesn’t have the money to sign a top-notch starter. Davis’s signing looks even more likely since the Brewers claimed him on waivers in August but couldn’t work out a deal.

35.  Jarrod Washburn – Mariners. There were no bitter feelings between the two sides after trading Washburn to Detroit, and the pitcher said that he would like to return to Seattle. The Mariners aren’t deep on pitching, so bringing back Washburn makes perfect sense.

36.  Russell Branyan – Mariners. I don’t believe that any other club will take the chance of signing Branyan, for he very likely could be a one year wonder. Also, Branyan has the desire to stay in Seattle, so why would he leave?

37.  Billy Wagner – Nationals. Wagner has questions about his health and age, which makes him an unreliable option in the late innings. However, he has stated that he wants to close for the Washington Nationals, and they have no one better. There is no reason that this deal shouldn’t get done.

38.  Juan Uribe – Mariners. Uribe had a good season in San Francisco last season, but not good enough to demand a crazy amount of money. The Mariners will need a third basemen if Adrian Beltre opts to leave, making Uribe a fit in Seattle.

39.  John Smoltz – Retirement. Smoltz’s attempt to come back from shoulder surgery failed last season, and there is no reason to believe that he would be able to make it through a full season. I don’t believe any club in contention would take a chance on Smoltz.

40.  Jermaine Dye – Royals. Dye is in the last stretch of his career, and being a former Royal may appeal to him. His market is not that big, therefore Kansas City would be able to afford him.

41.  Mark DeRosa – Phillies.  The Phillies have tried to acquire DeRosa for years. It makes perfect sense for both sides, as Philadelphia will need a third basemen going into next season.

42.  Coco Crisp – Padres. Money is an issue for San Diego, and it helps that Crisp can’t demand a ton of it. The Padres need an outfielder, and Crisp would be a nice addition to the top of the line up.

43.  Carlos Delgado – Blue Jays. Delgado is another aging superstar, and

Carlos Delgado (above) could also be returning to Toronto.

may want to return to his old stomping ground in Toronto. The Jays are totally devoid of power, and could bring back Delgado at a low price.

44.  Orlando Cabrera – Twins. Both sides have interest, as Cabrera was the emotional leader of last season’s squad. I don’t see Cabrera going any place else.

45.  Gregg Zaun – Rays. The Rays need a backup catcher, and Zaun is cheap. Perfect fit.

46.  Jim Thome – White Sox. Thome has had a good run in Chicago, and the only other place I could see him landing would be Cleveland. I think the issue here will be money, and Thome will not get what he want, but Chicago will offer a little more than Cleveland.

47.  Fernando Rodney – Phillies. Rodney is a good fit in Philadelphia because of his versatility. He can close, set up, and pitch in middle relief. If Brad Lidge struggles again next season, Rodney would be the best insurance policy.

48.  Xavier Nady – Diamondbacks.  Nady provides corner outfield depth, and can play first base. He’s not an all-star by any means, but a decent player that could help out in Arizona.

49.  Kiko Calero – Rays. Calero would be cheap, and as I have previously said, that makes him a fit as a reliever in Tampa.

50.  Rafael Betancourt – Rockies. Betancourt was one of the Rockies best relievers last season, and there will be interest in him. However, I think Colorado will offer some decent dollars to Betancourt, and keep him around.

There is one thing that I did agree with on the site, and it is that this is a difficult puzzle. If one player signs with one team, it ultimately could effect another team’s interest in another player, and all sorts of mayhem in which is the MLB offseason. Although, I thoroughly believe that my predictions will prove more accurate.

A Two Month Recap

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I’ve had a busy couple months, and of course, schoolwork comes first. Realizing that I have left my blog undated, I will make it a priority to keep writing about important stories everyday.

Here’s what has happened in the past couple months:

The New York Yankees won the World Series: This saddened me greatly, being a Phils Phan. It has taken me a couple of months to come to grips with the loss, but I am already looking forward to our revenge next October. The Yankees just out pitched the Phillies starters, and hit in the clutch. Although, the Yankees got some help from a well placed camera, the Phillies got their own help from the umpires. All in all, it was a great and entertaining series. In attendance for Game 5, I can honestly say it was one of the greatest times of my life.

Surprising Teams in the NFL: Previously, I have predicted how I thought the season would unfold in the NFL. So far, I have pretty accurately

Cedric Benson (above) has led the Cincinnati Bengals to the AFC North Division lead.

predicted the positions of teams in the standings, but greatly miscalculated their records. Teams such as the 10-0 New Orleans Saints, the 7-3 Cincinnati Bengals, and the 7-4 Denver Broncos have overachieved by my standards, as I had these teams much lower in the standings. However, teams such as the 6-4 Pittsburgh Steelers, 4-6 Tennessee Titans, and the 5-5 Baltimore Ravens have really underperformed. My surprise pick for this year in the NFL was the Kansas City Chiefs, as I predicted them shocking the world and finishing the season with a 9-7 record, and a second place finish in the AFC West. However, the Chiefs have gone 3-7, and its looking very doubtful that they will win their final six games. I was wrong, I admit it.

Jimmie Johnson won his 4th consecutive championship: In a sport that goes highly unpublicized, a dynasty is occurring right before our eyes. Yes, NASCAR is not my favorite thing to watch, but even I can appreciate a champion like Jimmie Johnson. He has done nothing that no one else has ever been able to do, and there is a lot to be said for that. It takes much drive to succeed year in and year out, and Johnson has proven that he has more drive than anyone.

Tonight May Be A Special Night

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In Philadelphia this evening, some special things may happen. The Phillies can clinch the National League East with a victory or a Braves loss tonight. This division crown would be the Phillies’ third in a row, and would secure them a spot in the postseason. Although, tonight may also bring a first that I don’t believe anyone expected at the beginning of this season.

For the first time in Philadelphia Phillies history, someone other than the late Harry Kalas will be making the soundtrack to a Phillies clinching game. Tom McCarthy will be the first announcer since Harry Kalas to make a significant call, in a significant game. 

Tom McCarthyAs everyone knows, longtime Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas passed away in April. Tom McCarthy filled in admirably that day, calling the Phils-Nats game, and quite well. Throughout the season, McCarthy has been the soundtrack to the Phillies season, and although no one will ever forget Kalas, McCarthy is about to record his own legacy with the club. Not only does it begin with the NL East Division clinching call, but it will go all through the playoffs. If the Phillies are fortunate enough to make the World Series, and win again, it will be something to look out for.

Being relatively young, McCarthy can now begin to cement himself in the hearts and minds of listeners with this call. Of course, the Phillies winning the crown will overshadow this, but to true Phils Phans, this call will mean more.

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September 30, 2009 at 4:10 PM

The Unsung Hero… Jamie Moyer

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On Saturday, September 12, 2009, I was standing along the third base line at Citizens Bank Park. This is where I took in a Phillies-Mets game, and heard some of the most outrageous things I’ve ever heard in my life.

Jamie Moyer took the mound for the Phils, in place of injured starter J.A. Happ. It’s well known that Moyer has struggled this season, and was demoted to the bullpen. As the first inning went by, Moyer gave up four runs on four hits, including a home run to Mets CF Carlos Beltran. While Jamie was walking to the dugout, many fans cheered their native son. One fan next to me was not cheering.

“BOO! I WOULDN’T CARE IF YOU RETIRED RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIRST INNING! YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING ANYMORE MOYER! BOOO! JUST RETIRE ALREADY!

Jamie MoyerAfter Moyer’s hard first inning, he pitched six more innings of one run ball, and only gave up three more hits. When Moyer was lifted in the seventh, the Phillies had the lead by a score of 9-5. The fan booing Moyer had slowly quieted during the game, but still gave a rousing chant of “LET’S GO PANTHERS!” (Of course, the Panthers lost to the Eagles 38-10 the next day.) Another fan asked our Moyer Hater if he had changed his opinion of Moyer throughout the game. Our Hater responded: “No sir. He’s still got nothing. I wouldn’t care if we cut ties with him right now.”

Ironically, it was the Phillies’ bullpen that blew this game, not Moyer, as the Mets won 11-10 in the ninth. Still, this leads me to Moyer, and what he has done for this Phillies team.

  • Since being traded to Philadelphia in late 2006, Jamie Moyer has won a club leading 47 games.
  • Even though Jamie has struggled this season, he still leads the Phillies in wins with 12.
  • Jamie Moyer has won both NL East Division clinching games the past two years, and won Game 3 of the World Series.
  • While young pitchers like Cole Hamels and J.A. Happ have come to the big leagues, they have come to Moyer for guidance and advice because of his immense amount of experience. He is like having a second pitching coach.
  • Jamie Moyer was born in Sellersville, PA and went to St. Joseph’s University. This makes Moyer a hometown hero to many, and a great leader and role model.
  • Every game that Moyer does not pitch, he is out signing autographs toJamie Moyer 2 every fan that asks, which has become a rare thing in today’s game.
  • Jamie Moyer is not a power pitcher. He is all about control, and throwing different variations of pitches at different times. Moyer studies hitters and scouting reports, and is an overall student of the game.

All in all, Jamie Moyer has been one of the most integral parts of the Phillies’ recent success in the past couple years. His experience and clutch performances have been unbelievable, and any Major League Baseball team would be lucky to have a future Hall of Famer, such as Moyer, on their staff. Not to mention, Moyer is a true baseball player who is both kind and great to fans, and a true role model. While not a star, Jamie Moyer is one of my favorite players, and someone I will remember far after his playing days are done. Although, he plans on pitching until he is fifty, so his days aren’t quite numbered yet.

While Jimmy Rollins is getting base hits and stealing bases, while Chase Utley is hitting two run doubles, and while Ryan Howard is smashing home runs, Jamie Moyer is pitching, and teaching, which is just as valuable. Moyer quietly keeps winning and helping the Phillies win, which truly makes him the Phillies’ Unsung Hero.

Odds and Ends

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After not posting anything in two weeks, I figure it’s time to cover up some odds and ends. First, I was totally wrong on the Penguins, and congratulations to them for winning the Stanley Cup. Also, congratulations to the Lakers for winning their 15th title.

Other things I am waiting on:

  • Stephen Strasburg to sign with the Nationals…which could never happen.
  • Brett Favre to come back… which might not happen this time!
  • Terrell Owens’ first accusation of secret meetings between Trentto Edwards and Lee Evans in Buffalo.
  • The Flyers to let longtime wing, and fan favorite Mike Knuble walk.
  • The New York Mets to somehow overcome their injuries, only to collapse to the Phillies again in September.
  • The Cowboys, even without their alleged problem in Owens, to once again lose in the first round of the playoffs.
  • Ricky Rubio to return to Spain, just because he doesn’t want to play in Minnesota.
  • Stephen Curry’s first trade request out of Golden State.lebron
  • LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Curry to unite in New York, and lift the Knicks to a title.
  • The Padres to trade Jake Peavy, for much less value then they had been asking for.
  • The Blue Jays collapse down the stretch, after they decide to keep ace Roy Halladay.
  • The Orioles to get good! Of course, this won’t happen for another five years, but they are the future of the AL East.
  • The Indians to trade Victor Martinez, Cliff Lee, and anyone else who could actually be apart of a winning ball club that they apparently don’t need.
  • The Cubs to win a World Series.

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Yes, I am waiting on a lot, much of which could conceivably happen.