The Postseason So Far (As of December 23rd)

I did this once and I decided to do it again. This is an update to the recap I did earlier this month. A whooooole lot has changed since then.

November 6, 2009- The Phillies picked up Cliff Lee’s 9 million dollar option for 2010. The Phillies traded for Lee and Ben Francisco back in July for Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson, Jason Knapp, and Jason Donald. Lee went on to have one of the most dominant postseason pitching performences in history, going 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA, in 40 1/3 innings pitched with a strikeout to walk ratio of 11 to 1 (33 Strikeouts, 3 Walks). Needless to say, 9 Million dollars is a steal for the Cy Young winner of 2008.

November 24, 2009- The Phillies signed a 1 Year deal with utility man Juan Castro, worth less than 1 million with a 2011 option. Castro is a career .230 hitter, with 36 career home runs. He will be replacing Eric Bruntlett on the bench. The deal pends a physical, which will be taken Early December after Catro returns from vacation.  

November 25, 2009- The Phils signed a Quartet of players to minor league deals. DeWayne Wise (the guy who made the catch that saved Buehrle’s Perfect Game), Wilson Valdez (Shortstop for the Mets), Andy Tracy (Minor League 1B), and Paul Hoover (Minor League C).

December 1, 2009- The Phillies signed Catcher Brian Schneider, a long-time Phillies fan, to a 2 year 2.75 Million dollar deal. Schneider has been killing the Phils for the past decade, playing for the Expos/Nationals and Mets since his debut in 2000, and always seemed to play his best against the Phightin’. No more of that. Schneider is a lifetime .251 hitter with 59 home runs.

December 3, 2009- Utility man Juan Castro passed his physical, making his 1 year deal official.  

December 3, 2009- The Phillies signed Infielder Placido Polanco to a 3 year, 18 million dollar deal. Polanco was formally Philly’s second baseman before a certain prospect named Chase Utley came around. He was traded to the Tigers in 2005, and became a free agent this season. The Phillies swooped on him when it was announced he was not offered arbitration. The deal has an option for 2013. Polanco is only the third Phillie that is secured through the 2012 season. The other two are Chase Utley and Ben Francisco.

December 8, 2009– The Phillies completed their bench with the signing of outfielder Ross Gload. Gload hit .261 with 6 HR and 30 RBI in 230 at bats with the Florida Marlins. As a pinch hitter in 2009, Gload hit .318. He has played with the Cubs, Rockies, White Sox, Royals, and Marlins in his 8 year career.

December 15, 2009- Ross Gload passed his physical, making his 2 year, 2.6 million dollar deal official.

December 16, 2009- In the biggest trade in Phillies history, the Phillies shipped Cliff Lee to Seattle for Roy Halladay and 3 prospects. The Phillies gave up Lee (to Seattle), top pitching prospect Kyle Drabek (To Toronto), outfield prospect Michael Taylor (To Oakland), and top catching prospect Travis D’Arnaud (To Toronto). The Blue Jays also recieved Brett Wallace (From Oakland) in the deal. The Phillies recieved Halladay (From Toronto), pitching prospect Phillippe Aumont (From Seattle), pitching prospect J.C. Ramirez (From Seattle), and outfield prospect Tyson Gillies (From Seattle). It is, by far, the biggest trade in Philly history. I’m not too sure about Seattle and Toronto, but it must be pretty high up there at the least.

 

 

 

 

Reports: Phillies sign reliever Baez

The Phillies reportedly signed reliever Danys Baez today. The deal, again, reportedly, is pending a physical to be taken the first week of January.

Reuben said to expect the Phillies to sign a reliever after Christmas, but they decide to do so on Christmas Eve Eve.

The Phils have reached an agreement with Baez pending a physical. He is 35-49 in his career, with an ERA of 4.04 and 114 saves in 8 years with the Indians, Rays, Dodgers, Braves, and Orioles.

Also interesting to note is that Charlie Manuel managed Baez back in 2001 when both were with the Cleveland Indians.

4 Team Blockbuster Complete: Halladay to Phils, Lee to M’s

The 4 Team Blockbuster first reported on Monday is complete. Roy Halladay will be coming to Philadelphia and Cliff Lee will be leaving for Seattle.

Here is the deal:

 

Phillies Get: Roy Halladay (TOR), Phillippe Aumont (SEA), Tyson Gillies (SEA), Juan Ramirez (SEA), $6 Million (TOR)

Halladay also gets a 3 year, $60 Million Extension, with an option for a 4th Year at $20 Million.

Mariners Get: Cliff Lee (PHI)

Blue Jays Get: Kyle Drabek (PHI), Brett Wallace (OAK), Travis D’Arnaud (PHI)

Athletics Get: Michael Taylor (PHI) 

 

The Cliff Lee era is already over, but the Halladay Era is just beginning.

TRADE OF THE DECADE: HALLADAY TO PHILLY, LEE TO SEATTLE

THE DEAL IS DONE!

Roy Halladay is heading to Philly, along with Cash. Cliff Lee is heading to Seattle. Phillies are working on an extension with Halladay.

It is unclear what the Blue Jays will recieve in the deal.

 

 

I will miss you Cliff.

Lee for Halladay: Trade of the Decade about to go down in Philly

The Trade of the Decade is on the verge of going down in Philly. A three-team blockbuster is in discussion; All that is certain is that Halladay’s coming to Philly along with cash.

The trade that is being talked about now is this. The Phillies will get Halladay and cash to help pay for his contract. The Blue Jays will get….This, we don’t know. We don’t know what the Blue Jays will be getting. A third team, RUMORED to be the Mariners, will get Lee. Of course, these are all rumors and such. For now. But the Halladay talks are reaching a peak.

Halladay and his agent arrived in Philly, and checked into a hotel earlier today. The Phillies and Halladay’s Agent are talking about an extension right out of the gate; Lee isn’t willing to take a discount for Halladay to come to Philly his agent says. Halladay is rumored to be taking a Physical later this week.

All that’s certain is that Halladay is in Philly. Blanton, and now Lee, have been rumored to be part of a deal. So has J.A. Happ.

But Halladay IS in Philly.

But, if a deal goes down, and Lee is not dealt….The Phillies are automatically the favorites for their 3rd World Title.

Recap of the Phillies Offseason thus far

Just thought I’d post a little recap of the offseason so far for Philadelphia.

November 6, 2009- The Phillies picked up Cliff Lee’s 9 million dollar option for 2010. The Phillies traded for Lee and Ben Francisco back in July for Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson, Jason Knapp, and Jason Donald. Lee went on to have one of the most dominant postseason pitching performences in history, going 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA, in 40 1/3 innings pitched with a strikeout to walk ratio of 11 to 1 (33 Strikeouts, 3 Walks). Needless to say, 9 Million dollars is a steal for the Cy Young winner of 2008.

November 24, 2009- The Phillies signed a 1 Year deal with utility man Juan Castro, worth less than 1 million with a 2011 option. Castro is a career .230 hitter, with 36 career home runs. He will be replacing Eric Bruntlett on the bench. The deal pends a physical, which will be taken Early December after Catro returns from vacation.  

November 25, 2009- The Phils signed a Quartet of players to minor league deals. DeWayne Wise (the guy who made the catch that saved Buehrle’s Perfect Game), Wilson Valdez (Shortstop for the Mets), Andy Tracy (Minor League 1B), and Paul Hoover (Minor League C).

December 1, 2009- The Phillies signed Catcher Brian Schneider, a long-time Phillies fan, to a 2 year 2.75 Million dollar deal. Schneider has been killing the Phils for the past decade, playing for the Expos/Nationals and Mets since his debut in 2000, and always seemed to play his best against the Phightin’. No more of that. Schneider is a lifetime .251 hitter with 59 home runs.

December 3, 2009- Utility man Juan Castro passed his physical, making his 1 year deal official.   

December 3, 2009- The Phillies signed Infielder Placido Polanco to a 3 year, 18 million dollar deal. Polanco was formally Philly’s second baseman before a certain prospect named Chase Utley came around. He was traded to the Tigers in 2005, and became a free agent this season. The Phillies swooped on him when it was announced he was not offered arbitration. The deal has an option for 2013. Polanco is only the third Phillie that is secured through the 2012 season. The other two are Chase Utley and Ben Francisco.

 

That is the offseason so far. It looks like the Phillies will focus on pitching from here on out. The Phils have been linked to J.J. Putz, and John Smoltz among others, so keep an eye out.

 

 

 

Welcome back to Philly Mr. Polanco!

The third base problem has been solved.

Placido Polanco is coming back to the city of Brotherly Love, but will move over to third base, instead of Second Base, which he played during the duration of his tenure in Philly.

The Phillies announced the three-year, 18 Million Dollar deal earlier today, with an option for 2013. .

Polanco is another power bat added to this Philly lineup. With the addition of Polanco, this lineup is bursting at the seams with power. Polanco, Utley, Howard, Werth, Ibanez. This lineup is packed.

Polanco has only played one game at third since 2005. Looks like my prediction was correct.

 

Making up for the post I didn’t make, the Phillies also signed catcher Brian Schneider to a two year deal. He will make 1.25 Million in 2010 and 1.5 Million in 2011. He will replace Paul Bako as Ruiz’s backup.

Looks like Amaro won’t have much to go after during the Meetings in Indianapolis. The Phillies have been rumored to be eyeing John Smoltz, so don’t think their offseason doesn’t have more surprises in store.

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.

“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?