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Happy Juice

During the official introduction of Roy Halladay yesterday, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. explained further why he chose to ship Cliff Lee off to Seattle.  He backed off the idea of not being able to sign him past one year and moved on to replenishing the farm system.  Amaro admitted this move was a risk, but one he was willing to take in order to keep the franchise winning for years to come, rather than just putting all their eggs into the 2010 basket.

As for the fans, we are all very excited to see Roy Halladay in a Phillies uniform!  But many wish the ultimate pitching dream of Halladay & Lee could have been a reality.  Here is a synopsis of how it all went down for the Lee fans:

5 Stages of Grief In Losing Cliff Lee:

- Denial:  This cannot be happening!  Lee was the only pitcher to win a game for us in the World Series!

- Anger:   Noooooo!  Ruben Amaro Jr., you stink!

- Bargaining:   Hey Ruben, how about we keep both Halladay AND Lee?  Come on….please?  I’ll be your best friend :O)

- Depression:  I am going to crawl in a hole; wake me in the Spring.

- Acceptance:  Oh, ok.  I guess it was a good business decision.  I still love you Ruben :O)  Thank you for a Happy Halladay!

Amaro drunk.jpgMr. Amaro may be the happiest person on the planet right now; he has wanted Halladay for a very long time and finally got his wish.  During the press conference, Amaro referred to the acquisition of Halladay as “intoxicating.”  Well, that does explain a lot about the trade I suppose.  Clearly, he was drunk on Halladay Juice and made some very creative decisions.  I’ll give him an A+ on getting Halladay.  As for letting Lee go in exchange for the prospects, the jury is out until we see how he handles the hangover. ;o)

Well, it is the Halladay Season, so drink up Mr. Amaro!  Just sober up in time for Spring Training.

By the way, the This Year In Baseball awards are in and some Phillies, plus a few of their fans, won awards.  Ruben Amaro Jr. was voted Best Executive; J.A. Happ, who should have gotten the Rookie of the Year award will have to settle for the TYIB Best Rookie prize; Jayson Werth won Best Unsung Star; and the father-daughter pair who were shown all over TV after Dad caught a ball and his daughter tossed it back, were named the season’s Best Oddity.

Congrats to all!

Amaro photo by Jenn

 

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Halladay Shopping Is Done For The Phillies

The Phillies made it official this afternoon; Cy Young award winning pitcher Roy Halladay is now a Phillie :O)  Some say he is the best pitcher in baseball.  This is a huge pick up for the Phillies and an exciting day for the fans.  Halladay has signed a 3-year extension, keeping him in red pinstripes through 2013 for around 20 million a year after his 1-year Jays contract is fulfilled in 2010.

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So the Phillies have swapped one Cy Young winner for another and three prospects for 3 different prospects.  The casualties for the Phillies include Cliff Lee, who went to Seattle plus 3 of our top 4 prospects; pitcher Kyle Drabek, outfielder Michael Taylor and catcher Travis d’Arnaud who all went to the Jays.  In return, the Phillies will get 3 prospects from Seattle to restock the farm system; pitchers Phillipe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez and outfielder Tyson Gillies. 

The Cliff Lee trade is disappointing, but it makes sense from a business perspective as the Phillies were nearing their payroll limit and they knew for sure that Lee would be only a 1-year pitcher, testing the market after 2010.  From a fan perspective, it is sad to see Lee go and one cannot help but wish we could have had both Lee and Halladay even for just the one year.

And to all the yahoo’s out there who want to shout obscenities and declare that Phillies fans do not appreciate Roy Halladay, get over yourselves.  It has nothing to do with appreciating Halladay and everything to do with losing Cliff Lee.  If the Yankees got Halladay and had to ship off CC Sabathia to do so, tell me Yankee fans would not be shouting from the rooftops?  It is the same thing.  And yes, Lee and Sabathiha have comparable stats.

We are very, very happy to have Halladay and excited to see him pitch in a Phillies uniform.  But it does seem sad to lose other good players in the process, especially Lee and the three prospects.  You feel like a kid at Christmas that got exactly what you always wanted, but had to give back all your other presents to do so.

I have personally spoken to Michael Taylor, as an example, and he is not only a great player, but a great person as well.  One cannot help but feel disappointed to see these guys leave.  And I saw Lee pitch his first game with the Phillies in San Francisco; he pitched a complete game and made it look easy.  We are entitled to be upset over losing our best pitcher, as I am sure Jays fans are upset over losing theirs.  Are we getting a better pitcher in return?  Absolutely.  But wouldn’t both be so much nicer?

That being said, Phillies fans are thrilled to finally get the big prize!  Happy Halladay’s to everyone in Philly!  I cannot wait until Spring Training :O)

 

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UnbeLEEvable Early Christmas Halladay For The Phillies?

It appears the Phillies are going to land Roy Halladay.  However, in an unbeLEEvable twist, it is said that Cliff Lee will be shipped to the Seattle Mariners as part of a 3-team deal.  Shock and awe have overcome me….Cliff Lee??? 
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Really???  Our ACE miracle pick-up of 2009 traded away?  A few acronyms come to mind here; mainly OMG and WTF.

Ok, so apparently Lee is dead-set on testing the free agent market after 2010 and Halladay is agreeable to a multi-year deal; plus, Halladay really wants to come to Philly.  The Phillies are looking to keep the core of this team intact for at least 2 more years and I suppose, with Lee not being a possibility past 1 year, they feel he is disposable.  But we would be basically trading and ace for an ace instead of keeping TWO aces.  Ugh.

Halladay may be a slightly better pitcher than Lee, but he has also pitched nearly twice as many innings as Lee at almost the same age.  Halladay is 1 year and 3 months older and has pitched 2046.2 innings; Lee has pitched 1196.2 innings. 

Also take into consideration that Lee was amazing in the playoffs and is super steady mentally.  He may be one of the calmest players under pressure anyone has ever seen.  Halladay on the other hand was rattled in July and August over the trade rumors and it affected his performance.  This does not mean Lee is better than Halladay; clearly the numbers show otherwise.  However, Lee has advantages that Halladay does not.  The innings pitched and Halladay’s age (he will be 33 in May) are causes for concern in signing a long-term deal.

If there is any way possible to keep both pitchers, it should be done.  The Phillies with both Lee and Halladay may be unstoppable.  In fact, for only 2-3 million more, the Phils could trade Joe Blanton instead of Lee.  Why would they NOT do this?  But the money is the big issue, as it usually is; even a mere couple million apparently is too much for them to handle.  I can tell you this; teams like the Yankees and Red Sox, a few of MLB’s richest teams, would not have to make such a decision.  They would keep both players without question.  And that is what makes this idea hard to swallow.

Not that the Phillies are poor; they ranked 7th in payroll for 2009.  But a lot of money is tied up in big name players like Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.  The window for this group of players to score another World Championship is probably about two years.  With that being the case, I would like to see the Phillies throw everything and the kitchen sink at this 2010 team.  But the kitchen sink is Lee, and it looks like he will be gone.

Do not get me wrong, I will be thrilled to have Halladay.  But the price does seem a bit steep, which puts a damper on the celebration.  And now what about the bullpen?  Is there money left to fix that gaping hole?  That is the other thought that worries me.  It will not matter how good the rotation is if the pen blows games, like they did a lot in 2009.  That solution or lack thereof is yet to be determined.

And on top of all this, it is also rumored that the Phillies top pitching prospect, Kyle Drabek, will be sent to the Jays.  This is the player the Jays have been asking for since last July.  So tell me, WHY exactly would the Phillies wait until we LOSE the World Series to give up Drabek when we could have had Halladay in July had they traded him then??  This makes me very, very, very angry.  Of course, we do not know the details of the deal yet, but usually, where there is smoke, there is fire.

And so we all wait with bated breath for the decision to come down from above…

Photo by Jenn

 

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Lidge Hits The DL / Draft Day Is Here

Having blown six saves already this season amidst various complaints of a sore knee, Brad Lidge recently insisted that his knee troubles were in the past.  However, he was placed on the 15-day DL today, which will be retroactive back to June 7th.  Does this explain his 7.27 ERA?  Maybe.  But placing him on the DL may very well be a combination of the knee issue plus his bad performance.  Perhaps the knee, which may well be feeling better, threw off his mechanics and now he needs time to straighten things out.  Lidge was looking better his last few outings, but is still not the Lidge of last season. 

Ryan Madson will take over the closers role in Lidge’s absence and a new face was added to the club to fill the hole.  Paul Bako, 36, has been called up from AA.  Bako is a catcher who hit .357 in 10 games so far this year with the R-Phils.  One can only assume he will be used as an additional bat off the bench, as we do not need two 30-something year old catchers (Coste), plus a starter (Ruiz).  This still seems an odd choice though, as Bako bats lefty.  I would love to look into my crystal ball to see what the Phillies are thinking here.  Then again, if I could read minds, I would be making a lot more money ;O)

Draft Day

The draft is upon us and word has it that the Phillies will take a high school prospect for their first pick (75th overall).  They had a first round pick, but that went to the Mariners in the Raul Ibanez deal.  We are all fine with that though, I assume :O)  The draft kicks off at 6pm.


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Mets Voodoo

Yes, it is back.  The Mets voodoo is ON!  J-Roll Smurf and friends have prepared the hex for this 3-game series which kicks off tonight at 7:10pm.  Power of the mind, people – get out your pins and take a stab to help out J-Roll Smurf!

And do not forget to keep VOTING for our Phillies All-Stars!  VOTE up to 25 times per day, per email address!

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