Who will be at third?

It’s a simple question. Who will be playing at Third Base for the Phillies next season?

Right now, it looks like it’s been narrowed down to three candidates. Mark DeRosa, Adrian Beltre, and Placido Polanco.

Chone Figgins seems out of the Phillies grasp, and Feliz won’t return. Plus, he’s been connected to the Orioles.

In my humble opinion, Polanco is probably the best deal. Sure, he’s a Second Baseman, not a Third Baseman. But he’s got a big bat, and that’s what we needed in the World Series. A bat. That, and for Hamels and Lidge to actually not play like crap.

I wouldn’t mind DeRosa. But Beltre doesn’t seem all that much of an improvement over Feliz. I would still take Feliz’s glove, I would take Beltre’s bat over Feliz’s, but Beltre’s an uncertainty. He’s been plagued by injuries. We have to sign a sure thing, because we have no other options in the Farm System. The only possible third basemen we have is Greg Dobbs. Hardly an improvement over Feliz.

Hardly a good third basemen.

Right now Amaro is really going after Beltre. Beltre is who the Phillies are linked to the most. We need a Third Baseman with a good glove, and a great bat, and I honestly think Polanco is the answer.

Plus, I miss Polanco. I always liked him. Even though I’ll take Utley over him any day of the week.

So which will we sign? I have no idea. But I hope it’s Polanco.

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“What a play by Wise!” Phils Ink Wise, Valdez to Minor League Deals

DeWayne Wise, the Center Fielder most known for saving Mark Buerhle’s Perfect Game earlier this season, and Wilson Valdez, shortstop for the injury ravaged Mets, will now be wearing Phillies Pinstripes.

The Phils signed Wise and Valdez to minor league deals earlier today. The terms of the deals are unknown at this time.

Wise batted .225 with 2 HR and 11 RBI in 84 game for the Sox, generally serving as a defensive replacement. He also had a OPS of .628.

Valdez batted .256 with no homers, 7 RBI, and an OPS of .664. He has one career home run, with the White Sox back in 2004.

Also, the Phillies resigned First Baseman Andy Tracy to a minor league deal. He had a batting average of of .417 with an RBI in 9 Games for the Phils in September.

So that’s 4 Free Agent Signings in 3 Days.The Phils also signed Juan Castro earlier this week. Looks like Amaro is working quickly.

Bye Bye Bruntlett, Hello Castro!

It seems like the Phillies have their first new addition of the offseason. Utility man Eric Bruntlett has been replaced by 37-Year old Utility Man Juan Castro.

This deal came out of virtually no where. The Phillies were first linked to Castro at around noon. At 1, they were the frontrunners, and by 4, he appearently signed with the defending NL Champs.

So far only minor details about the contract are known. It is a 1 year deal, worth less than a million, and there is a club option for 2011. No word on any incentives.

The deal is pending a physical, which is not expected to occur until next week, since Castro is on vacation.

Bruntlett is out, Castro is in. This is the first of the Phillies moves this offseason. What will they do next?

 

J-Roll, Victorino Win Gold Gloves

For the third and second time respectively, Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino will walk away with a Gold Glove. The winners of the NL Gold Gloves were announced earlier today. The Phillies were one of three teams to have 2 players win Gold Gloves this year.

The Cardinals and Dodgers were the other two.

Four Players won the award for the first time in their careers. Adam Wainwright (P) of the Cardinals, Ryan Zimmerman (3B) of the Nationals, Michael Bourn (OF) of the Astros, and Matt Kemp (OF) of the Dodgers, all won the award for the first time. The other three winners were Yadier Molina (C) of the Cardinals who won the award for the 2nd time, Adrian Gonzalez (1B) of the Padres (2nd Time), and Orlando Hudson (2B) of the Dodgers, who walks away with his 4th Gold Glove Award.  

Next up on the award train?

The Silver Slugger awards for both the NL and AL will be revealed tomorrow.

The first one of the major 4, MVP, ROY, Cy Young, and Manager of the Year, will be the AL and NL Rookies of the Year, to be revealed Monday the 16th.

Awards

So, the Awards will be presented in around 1-2 weeks, so you have to wonder, who will win what?

Do the Phillies have any contenders?

Heck yeah.

Pujols seems to lock up the MVP, but I could see Cliff Lee winning the Cy Young. Again. Well, I see Cliff Lee in the top 5. Sabathia was high up last year, and he was only around for 2 months. Lee is a contender, but I doubt a winner.

ROY?

J.A. Happ definitely.

 

Just a quick little post saying if I think any Philly will walk away with an award. To put it bluntly, in case you don’t want to read the paragraph.

MVP: n/a

Cy Young: Cliff Lee: Top 5

ROY: J.A. Happ: Serious Contender for Number 1

 

Why did I make this post? I’m bored. See you later.

Looking ahead to the Offseason

Sorry I haven’t updated in a while.

Well, the Phils lost the Fall Classic to the Yankees, and so the offseason begins. Cliff Lee will play for the Phils next year, while Brett Myers will not. Those two things are the only sure things so far. So here are my predictions, and I use that term lightly, for the Phillies’ Offseason. It’s more like Suggestions actually.

Need 1) Replace Pedro Feliz

Now I have nothing against the guy, I’ll say that now. He has a great glove, but the bat needs work, and that’s the problem. Because of the lack of a bat, he’s probably our worst overall position player. We can either sign him for 5 Million in 2010, or axe him and pay him 500K.

Right now, I’m thinking to replace him at third with Chone Figgins of the Angels. Figgins is a Free Agent, unless the Angels sign him by Monday. He is not only a drastic improvement over Feliz, in offense, speed, and possibly even defense, he can play every position, except for 1B, Catcher, and Pitcher. He is one of the best utility guys in the majors. Even if we keep Feliz, I still say sign him. He would drastically improve our bench.

Figgins would not only be an offensive improvement over Feliz, but he would add even more speed to this lineup. He could probably even replace J-Roll in the 1-Hole. Of course, that would mean that either J-Roll or Victorino would have to move down to the 7 Spot, but that’s a small price to pay to add such a helpful player.

So, I say replace Pedro Feliz with Chone Figgins. It could work wonders.

Need 2) The Bench

The bench was, let’s say it, horrible this season. Matt Stairs, Greg Dobbs, Eric Bruntlett, and Miguel Cairo didn’t do all that well. Especially Matt Stairs. He’s most likely not even going to return next season. Though I do give props to Eric Bruntlett for that Triple Play. Thanks for rubbing our success into the Mets’ Face even more.

No offense to the guy, but when your best bench player is Ben Francisco, you’re in trouble. Though Ben Francisco has been a blessing in desguise for us so far. He’s done a great job, and was definitely worth the price we paid for him. Which was virtually nothing. The four prospects we gave up was for Lee, not Francisco. Francisco was just a free parting gift in my eyes. Francisco is argueably the most underrated player on this team, except for maybe Jayson Werth. 

Anyways, what could we do to improve this bench?

First off, you could go after the two guys that was the main reason the Yanks beat us this year. Johnny Damon, and Hideki Matsui. Now I highly doubt we’ll get either of them, but think about it. Now Damon would probably be a definite no, because he would want a full time position, not a bench position, but Matsui could work. He can’t really play the outfield anymore (though he said he was going to work on his knees and market himself as an OF), but he’s still got a bat. He’s proved that to us in Game 6. If we manage to land Matsui, it could improve our bench immensely.

Another option to consider is Jim Thome, though I doubt he’d want to be a bench player. He wants a full time DH gig, but not many DH spots are open. If he is without a team by January, I’d say go after him. Who knows what would happen? He would be like a Matt Stairs 2.0. Except he has more Home Runs than Reggie Jackson. And he hits home runs much more often.

Will the Phillies get any of the guys I mentioned? On a scale of 1 to 10:

Damon: 1

Matsui: 3.5

Thome: 3.5

Yeah, I doubt we’ll get any of them. But still, the point is, we need to improve the bench drastically. Heck, Nomar is a possibility too. The Phillies have been linked to Garciaparra a lot since last Winter. Maybe this winter they’ll actually sign him. Don’t count Nomar out yet, his name has been tossed around as late as August, when teams were still trading.

Garciaparra: 1.5

I’m not good at names. But the point of this big mess of paragraphs is: Improve the Bench

Need 3) The Bullpen

This is a no-brainer. All I can really say is improve it. I really have no clue who’s on the market when it comes to the bullpen. Eyre, and Park could return next season. That’s a start. Brad Lidge needs major work. If he’s still blowing saves in April, I say give’m the Brett Myers treatment. Even though that means he’ll be gone after 2011.

I’m litterally scanning through a list of Bullpen Free Agents right now.

J.J. Putz is an option. He had an injury plagued 2009, but he could still have something in him for 2010. It’s not like the Bullpen could get worse. Oh wait….It could. Still, he’s worth a look at the least. Horacio Ramirez could be your lefty specialist is J.C. Romero is still working out some kinks.

Honestly, I’m litterally typing random names. Again, the point is to improve the bullpen. 

Need 4) GIVE LEE AN EXTENSION

It speaks for itself. We need to give Lee a contract extension. If we can nail him down for a few years, it would put us (The Phillies) in near-definite playoff contention for years to come. Sure, the Phillies don’t like signing long term contracts, but this is CLIFF FRIKKIN LEE. This guy is Yankees calibar, and I say Yankees Calibar meaning that if he was on the market, the Yankees would give him a 7 Year, 190 Million Dollar Contract, or something rediculous like that. You have him for another year, extend it. Nail down Lee while you can.

 

Listening to everything I said, here’s our 2010 Phillies:

Rotation:

Lee

Hamels

Blanton 

Happ

Moyer/Martinez (Assuming Martinez is still on the team)

Bullpen:

Lidge

Madson

Durbin

Eyre (If he doesn’t retire)

Park (If he resigns)

Romero

*FA ARM*/Bastardo/Condrey

Lineup:

Figgins

Victorino/Rollins

Utley

Howard

Werth

RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUL

Rollins/Victorino

Ruiz

Bench:

Dobbs

Bruntlett/Cairo

Francisco

*FA BENCH*

*FA BENCH*

 

Not sure if Condrey or Bastardo or either will be in the lineup, so I just put them in as maybes.

 

How does it look?

Well, It really depends on who fills those 3 Free Agent Spots I put in there.

But overall, we could definitely win the Pennant again. All depends on who fills the spots, and how they perform.

This is Smash, signing out. Can’t wait to see how the offseason turns out.  

 

 

Lee takes No-Hitter to 6th; Blanton and Hamels struggle

This is a recap of the last three games against the San Francisco Giants.

 

GAME 2:  Phillies 5, Giants 1

Reigning Cy Young Winner Cliff Lee made his Phillies debut against the San Francisco Giants. Man oh man was he superb.

Lee took a Perfect Game into the third, which ended with a walk. The No-Hitter though, went to the sixth. Lee had 2 hits as well. His first career extra-base hit came in his second at bat, a ball which was inches away from a home run, but hit the very top of the wall instead. If he had hit that ball in Citizens Bank Park, it would’ve gone into the seats.

Lee pitched a full 9 Innings, walked two, gave up four hits, with one-earned run, and struck out 6.

Jayson Werth was the offensive hero, with 1 HR and 3 RBI.

 

GAME 3: Phillies 0, Giants 2

Tim Lincecum didn’t win the Cy Young award for nothing. Lincecum pitched 8 Innings of brilliant ball, allowing 7 hits, striking out 8, and allowed no runners to cross the plate.

Joe Blanton allowed sven hits as well, but 2 runs crossed the plate. Blanton stuck out 5 in Seven Innings.

Juan Uribe hit two sacrifice flies, which proved to be the difference.

 

GAME 4: Phillies 3, Giants 7

The Phillies took an early 3-1 lead, thanks to RBI hits by Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz, along with a homer by J-Roll, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Giants, who rallied for an additional 6 Runs.

Hamels went 5 innings, allowing 10 hits, and seven runs, six of which were earned.

Barry Zito went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs, two earned, and struck out 5, compared to Hamels’ Two Ks.

 

Freddy Sanchez went 2-4 with 2 RBI, while Eugenio Valez went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI.

 

 

The Phillies start their homestand on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. Jason Hammel (5-6) will try and take down the oldest active player in baseball, Jamie Moyer (10-7).