Thursday, January 29, 2015

Chad Billingsley Gets Guaranteed Money

From 2006-2013, Chad Billingsley was a solid MLB pitcher for the Dodgers.  Over 8 seasons, he won 81 games in 190 starts, with 1175.1 innings pitched, 1037 strikeouts, a 3.65 ERA, and a 1.36 WHIP.  Problem being, his last MLB action was 2 games back in April of 2013, NONE in 2014.  Yet, the omnipotent Ruin Tomorrow Jr. decided to dole out a guaranteed $1.5M to him.  Must be nice to be a has-been on the mend and be rewarded handsomely.

Seriously though, perhaps Billingsley will be able to return to form.  He's only 30 years old. He has plenty of incentive to perform well.  It's a minimal risk, though, I totally thought it would be a minor league contract.

To create room for Billingsley on the 40 man roster, the Phillies designated Cesar Jimenez for assignment.  The 30 year old lefty has appeared in 35 games for the Phils over the last two seasons, posting a nice 2.73 ERA and 0.7 WAR.  He's nothing special, but he's sure as hell better than that no-talent ass-clown Canadian, Phillippe Aumont, who still owns a spot on the 40 man roster for some unfathomable reason.

All We Do Is Win(ce)

Graciously "borrowed" from Philly.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

Still On The Market - Free Agent Squad

With Spring Training fast approaching (February 19th for pitchers and catchers), I thought I'd scour the free agent market to see who's feeling a bit lonely.  The bats are pretty much picked cleaned, but plenty of value is still awaiting to ink contracts in the pitching department, especially relief pitchers.  Below you will find a 25-man roster composed of remaining free agents.  Some would look good in a Phillies uniform under the right circumstance.


Catcher:
Wil Nieves - 36 G, .254/.614, 0.6 WAR
Jeff Mathis - 64 G, .200/.537

First Base:
Ryan Doumit - 100 G, .197/.553

Second Base:
Rickie Weeks - 121 G, .284/.809, 36 R, 19 DBL, 8 HR,  0.1 WAR

Shortstop:
Everth Cabrera - 90 G, .232/.572, 36 R, 13 DBL, 18 SB, 0.6 WAR

Third Base:
Kevin Kouzmanoff - 13 G, .362/1.029, 0.7 WAR

Outfield:
Eric Young - 100 G, .229/.610, 48 R, 30 SB, 1.1 WAR
Reed Johnson - 113 G, .235/.614, 15 DBL
Ryan Ludwick - 112 G, .244/.683, 20 DBL, 9 HR, 45 RBI
Nolan Reimold - 29 G, .232/.717, 0.1 WAR
Nate Schierholtz - 122 G, .195/.552, 32 R, 11 DBL, 7 HR, 37 RBI

Utility:
Ramon Santiago - 75 G, .246/.667, 0.6 WAR
Gordon Beckham - 127 G, .226/.618, 53 R, 27 DBL, 9 HR, 44 RBI, 0.6 WAR

Lineup:
1. Eric Young/CF
2. Rickie Weeks/2B
3. Ryan Ludwick/LF
4. Kevin Kouzmanoff/3B
5. Nolan Reimold/RF
6. Everth Cabrera/SS
7. Reed Johnson/DH
8. Wil Nieves/C
9. Ryan Doumit/1B

Rotation:
James Shields - 34 GS, 227 IP, 14-8, 180 K, 3.21/1.18, 4.3 WAR
Kyle Kendrick - 32 GS, 199 IP, 10-13, 121 K, 4.61/1.36
Chris Young - 30 G, 29 GS, 165 IP, 12-9, 108 K, 3.65/1.23, 2.0 WAR
Roberto Hernandez - 32 G, 29 GS, 164.2 IP, 8-11, 105 K, 4.10/1.39, 0.4 WAR
Kevin Correia - 32 G, 26 GS, 154 IP, 7-17, 79 K, 5.44/1.50

Bullpen:
Francisco Rodriguez - 69 G, 68 IP, 5-5, 73 K, 44 SV, 3.04/0.99, 1.4 WAR
Rafael Soriano - 64 G, 62 IP, 4-1, 59 K, 32 SV,  3.19/1.13, 0.7 WAR
Burke Badenhop - 70 G, 70.2 IP, 40 K, 2.29/1.26, 1.8 WAR
Joe Beimel - 56 G, 45 IP, 3-1, 25 K, 2.20/1.18, 1.1 WAR
Chris Perez - 49 G, 46.1 IP, 39 K, 4.27/1.36
Casey Janssen - 50 G, 45.2 IP, 3-3, 28 K, 25 SV, 3.94/1.18, 0.1 WAR
Dustin McGowan - 53 G, 8 GS, 82 IP, 5-3, 61 K, 4.17/1.38, 0.4 WAR

Friday, January 23, 2015

Tyler Greene not Tyler Green

The Phillies have attained the services of an old friend, in name only.  Tyler Greene, the former 1st round pick of the Cardinals, has joined the ranks on a minor league contract.  Tyler Green, the former 1st round pick of the Phillies, is still having nightmares of walking batters and serving up homeruns in retirement. 

Greene with a third "e" is 31 years old and can play all over the diamond.  His primary position is shortstop, but he's capable of playing 3rd, 2nd, and OF.  Over 5 seasons with the Cardinals, Astros, and White Sox he's hit .224/.645 with 17 HR and 28 SB in 288 games.  He's past prospect stage and it's highly doubtful he'll be a late bloomer.  In other words, organizational depth.  In 9 minor league seasons he's batted .273/.786 with 99 HR and 161 SB.

Now onto more pressing news...the Phillies and Brewers are in "serious talks" about Jonathan Papelbon.  I'm in favor of a trade because a crap team with a high priced closer is bogus.  The Phils will likely have to kick in some money to help offset Papelbon's exorbitant contract.  However, they should get an alright return. The facts- Papelbon is a douche.  Papelbon remains an elite closer.  Papelbon was the best relief pitcher in the NL in 2014 according to WAR (2.8).  Papelbon is owed $13M this year with a vesting option of the same for 2016 if he finishes 48 games. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Some Phillies Business

Jordan Dank, the outfielder formerly of the White Sox and brother of lefty stater John Danks, has been claimed.  Not sure why, but then again, I'm not sure about most of Amaro's roster decisions. Danks is 28 years old and over parts of the last 3 seasons in Chicago he's hit .227.629 in 180 games.  His defense grades out subpar, and obviously his stick does too.  Seems like a wasted spot on the 40-man roster to me.  In 7 minor league seasons he racked up 63 homeruns, 57 stolen bases, and a mediocre .268/.784 in 576 games.  Not too good.

Both Domonic Brown ($2.6M) and Ben Revere ($4.1M) agreed to contracts last week.  With Cesar Jimenez signing earlier in the offseason, this means the Phillies won't have to go through the ugly arbitration hearing process.

Reading all these Cole Hamels rumors is making me sick.  If they can't get a premier package for him, then there is no point in trading him.  Some reports have teams hoping to get the Phillies to pay for some of his salary. WTF?!  He's a Top 10 MLB pitcher.

My stance on Ryan Howard, trade him if you can, but DO NOT release him.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Jeanmar Gomez, Come On Down

Jeanmar Gomez, come on down. You are the next contestant on The Price Is Right.  Indeed, the price is right, because it's a minor league deal. 

Gomez is a soon to be 27 year old, right-handed pitcher.  He struggled early in his career, when used primarily as a starter with the Indians, but has posted decent numbers for the Pirates over the past two seasons working mostly relief (78 G, 8 GS, 142.2 IP, 3.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 0.6 WAR).

So, you know what this means, possible phuture Phucco!

Jeanmar Gomez career stats: 5 seasons, 19-18 record, 120 G, 46 GS, 349.1 IP, 203 K, 4.41 ERA, and a 1.43 WHIP.


In minors he's been solely a starting pitcher.  This means he has the ability to pitch multiple innings per appearance or jump into the rotation for a spot start from time to time.  I like the signing.  Nothing flashy, but could help chew up some much needed innings.

Monday, January 05, 2015

And Along Came Aaron Harang

Ruben Amaro did something right.  I shit you not.  Aaron Harang has been signed to a 1 year $5M contract, which is quite the deal for a pitcher coming off a campaign in which he notched 12 wins, a 3.57 ERA, and 204.1 innings pitched.  Of course, his prior contract was of the minor league variety, he's 36 years old, and the prior season he posted a 5.40 ERA.  But I digress.

Things I Like About It:
1. Harang is huge!  6'7"/260 lb.
2. In 13 MLB seasons he's won 122 games with a 4.21 ERA in 2149.2 IP.
3. He's made 26+ starts in every season since 2004, except 2010 when he only started 20 games.
4. In 3 out of the past 4 years, he registered solid ERAs (2011- 3.64, 2012- 3.61, and 2014- 3.57).  That's remarkably consistent (minus the shit storm he brewed up in 2013).
5. It's a cheap 1 year deal.  If he replicates last year's success, he's trade fodder in July.
6. He kinda looks like Droopy Dog.


Phillies 2015 Rotation:
1. Cole Hamels
2. Cliff Lee
3. Aaron Harang
4. David Buchanan
5. Jerome Williams
Depth- Wandy Rodriguez, Jonathan Petibone, Kevin Slowley, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.

Friday, January 02, 2015