Good As Gold

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If all that glitters is gold, Phillies Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino have enough bling to go around.  Both players were awarded the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in their respective positions yesterday.  For the shortstop Rollins, it is his third Gold Glove in a row; for centerfielder Victorino, this makes two in a row.  Rollins had only 6 errors all year, which was the best among all qualifying players.  Victorino had a .997 fielding percentage, 2nd best in the NL among outfielders, and 5 assists.

On the injury front, Brad Lidge had surgery yesterday to repair his right flexor tendon as well as remove loose bodies from his elbow.  It was not known before the surgery if the tendon was damaged, but it appears Lidge was worse off than anyone let on.  That fact has caused quite a stir among fans who are very disappointed about the whole situation.  Tell me again why Lidge was pitching with serious injuries, especially in the World Series?

But everyone must look forward now and it appears that Lidge will not be ready for the start of Spring Training.  As a result, the Phillies have been reportedly looking for another / back-up closer.  They need bullpen help anyway, so this is no surprise.

As for the Roy Halladay / Cole Hamels rumors, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. insists this will not happen.  Again, not much of a surprise as such a trade was a long shot at best.  In fact, the Jays demands are still very high, so it is possible that Halladay may not go anywhere.

Thank you everyone for the comments yesterday on this topic :O)  And to clarify, I have not given up on Hamels.  Odds are that he will rebound and have a better year.  However, the thought of a Cliff Lee – Roy Halladay combo, two proven veterans, is an exciting thought.  Think about it this way: The Phillies window to win another championship is closing.  We will probably have Lee only for 1 more year as he is going to command Yankees-type money, which the Phillies historically are unwilling to pay.  They may strike a deal with him, but do not hold your breath.  The core of the team is intact for a while, but the pitching overall has been shaky down the stretch.  If the Phillies can get a quality third baseman, improve the pen and add or develop a solid starter, they could be unstoppable in 2010.  In my humble opinion, they need to toss everything, including the kitchen sink, at this 2010 team.

But sadly, the Phils do not have the payroll of many other teams; the Phillies rank 7th, which is very high, but still $88,445,143 less than the Yankees, as an example.  That equals almost 4 CC Sabathia’s and nearly 8 Chase Utley’s.  I don’t know about you, but I would take 8 Chase Utley’s anyday.  And no, I am not jumping on the “buying a Championship” bandwagon which I hear a lot about the Yankees.  I believe they still have to play the game, regardless of income. And this year, the Yanks played better than anyone else.  But would an additional $88 million be a BIG boost for the Phillies or any other team…obviously, the answer is “yes.”

But that is just a dream and the Phillies will need to do the best with what they have.  Hopefully, that will include a few more quality pitchers.

Photo by Jenn

 

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4 Comments

Wow, I knew the Yankees’ payroll was big, but I didn’t realize it was THAT big! Of course, (as far as we know) the Phils’ ownership doesn’t have quite the bottomless wallet as Steinbrenner seems to have. But you’re right about the window of opportunity slowly but surely getting smaller – some of the core group of starters, esp. Rollins and Utley, are no spring chickens anymore. I hope Amaro is able to work some Gillick-like magic and keep the team in contention next year.
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

I think the Phils will be right back in contention next year, but look for the Mets, Marlins and Braves to be strong too. It will be much more competitive I believe. As for J-Rol, too bad he didn’t talk smack about getting a Gold Glove… he finally could’ve cashed a check his big mouth wrote :-)
–Jeff
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Good news for Jimmy and Shane as for Lidge…still sucks to be him… any Halladay trade would be stupid, like Hamels Halladay has no guarantees, but Hamels is cheaper…. Halladay will get traded at the deadline next July, maximum income from a contender needing a pitcher, probably Yankees or Red Sox…
You meant to say quality third baseman right… or are trading Howard away…LOL history shows for the Phillies an upcoming young gun pitches excellent in his first year, Kendrick, Happ, Hamels… they should bring one of the young kids to spring training, give them a chance at a rotation spot….
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
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Congrats to Rollins and Victorino on their GG’s. Very cool that the Phillies were so well represented! Btw, I’d take Halladay if your team doesn’t want him. :)

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