BDD: Amaro is Phils’ Weakest Link

At Baseball Digest Daily, I rip Amaro a new one for his utter lack of logic and complete refusal to use the Phils’ WFC as leverage in the free agent market.

Instead, Jenkins’ and Eaton’s salaries will remain wholly on the books, their bodies filling up roster slots that could be taken by more productive players. Amaro is content paying $6.5 million for a downgrade in left field, $6.5 million for a 46-year-old starter in Jamie Moyer, and $2.5-5 million for a flaky, typically unproductive SP/RP hybrid in Park.

WFC’s and they’re scavenging the free agent market. WFC’s and they’re hoping some food falls off the table.

Mets GM Omar Minaya, despite his team’s embarrassingly pathetic play at the end of each of the last two seasons, is eating at the table. He’s at the back end of a three-course meal. With Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz stains on his bib, he may as well get some Derek Lowe on there, too.

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  1. PhillyFriar

    January 01, 2009 01:40 PM

    Well stated. While I have my doubts as to whether anyone would really take on Eaton or Jenkins without the Phils paying a substantial chunk of their salaries, I think you’re dead on with respect to everything else.

    And I think you hit on the key point: while every GM makes mistakes, Gillick was able to cover for his by finding gems like Dobbs, Durbin, Werth, Romero, etc. Amaro’s first attempt at a “gem” was splashing a rather silly amount of money on Chan Ho Park, which only further reinforces the view that he’s more Wade-esque than Gillick-esque.

  2. Shay Roddy

    January 01, 2009 09:03 PM

    Are you nuts? Lets refrain from bashing Amaro before we even see his players play a single game.

  3. GM-Carson

    January 02, 2009 08:21 AM

    I’ve held off bashing Amaro, but I agree now he deserves it. He was too quick to sign Ibanez, because it looks equal players (Burrell, Abreu, Bradley) will be signing for less years and less millions. I love Moyer, but 2 guaranteed years? Ho Park is superfluous, he makes no sense at all to sign, especially not at that price. He sucked for nearly a decade then had a decent year in pitcher-friendly Chavez Ravine for crying out loud!

  4. Bill Baer

    January 02, 2009 12:29 PM

    Are you nuts? Lets refrain from bashing Amaro before we even see his players play a single game.

    It doesn’t matter if Ibanez puts up a 250 OPS+ and plays stellar defense in 2009; the three-year deal given to him was completely illogical.

    Amaro can absolutely be judged at this point in the off-season.

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