Free Agency Kicks Off

Free agent signings officially kicked off today and one of the top needs for the Phillies is a third baseman.  Although, do not expect them to jump too quickly; it will likely be a while before they settle on a player.  The front runner appears to be Mark DeRosa (Cardinals).  The Phils have courted him before and he should be within their price range.  Plus, DeRosa is from the area, growing up in Passaic, New Jersey and attending the University of Pennsylvania.

The big free agent name at third appears to be Chone Figgins.  However, Figgins also appears to be out of the Phillies price range.  Placido Polanco is an option, but the Phillies would have to give up a 1st round draft choice to sign him.  Adrian Beltre is another option, but he is defensively weaker than DeRosa.  So, odds are pretty good on DeRosa, but who knows.

197.JPGAs for bullpen help, the pickings are slim.  A few good options may be Mike Gonzalez (LHP) and Rafael Soriano (RHP), both from Atlanta.  Rafael Betancourt, Jose Valverde, Octavio Dotel and Bob Howry are all good right-handers, but each is getting up there in age.  Left-handed help is even scarcer, so let us hope Scott Eyre will return.

More Awards

You probably know by now that Charlie Manuel came in 6th place for the Manager of the Year voting.  That’s right, 6th place for taking his team to back-to-back World Series.  But this is just one more revealing award that shows the idiocy of the voting process for these honors.  No shock there.  Jim Tracy of the Rockies took home the prize.

But if you would like to voice your opinion this awards season, log on at MLB.com and vote for the This Year in Baseball awards.  Candidates include Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, JA Happ, Jayson Werth and even Emily, the cute little girl who tossed the ball her Daddy caught back towards the field.  And of course, you can give props to Manuel for the TYIB manager award.

Photo by Jenn

 

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1 Comment

I have to go with DeRosa for 3rd, it seems like the logical choice and he’s probably the best fit for a Phillies team, the bullpen needs a lot of thought and some good scouting before jumping at anyone… as for the awards especially in the NL, they haven’t made any sense… Happ was voted in the top3 by all 32 voters, yet still lost…and as for the latest Lincecum thing…and then there’s Charlie… 6th what a bunch of idiots doing the voting…
~peter
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