Crash Bag Vol. 45 – Poetry And Prospects And Punters (Wait…Quarterbacks, Not Punters)
I greet you with this query from Poet Laureate of The Phils Blogosphere:
What are the best soil nutrients?
— Wet Luzinski (@Wet_Luzinski) December 15, 2017
My response to this reference to an interesting quote from our new field manager, is a verse for that February day when spring returns to Clearwater, Florida, while the rest of us still slowly move out of winter.
As frost wanes
As snow turns to rain
We push through the pains of stagnation
From a long winter spent in shelter
In the north
Remains of a wreath dying on a door
Remains of the season of mirth and cheer
From the midst of the season of death and despair
But in the south
The glorious south
The soil is prepared
The whitest chalk in the straightest lines
The maple and the ash
The reddest of thread
Stitched twice all around the orb
But from now
Until that day
When givers and takers return to their fields
We have hope
For a man both strong and agile
Prince of the Chesapeake
But for just one spin ‘round the sun
The young flame coveted
Shall not depart
Maybe for like Franklyn Kilome or something, IDK
Do you all think the end needs work? Maybe a little.
Any Phils prospects you’d consider untouchable? #crashbag
— Hail the Corn Wizard (@FRESHticles) December 15, 2017
If I’m the GM, Sixto Sanchez and J.P. Crawford are not moving this offseason. Sanchez is too elite a talent and Crawford is too good at such a key position with no immediate replacement. Scott Kingery could go, and you keep César and hope he stays good through his arb years and maybe look to buy out one year of free agency via extension. Adonis Medina is the last of the bunch to consider, IMO. I say he’s got to stay. Everyone else is on the table.
And another thing – for me there is not an untouchable among the big league outfield – I’d listen on Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera or Nick Williams. You don’t deal more than one, but it’s a position of strength now, that could be backfilled at most any trade deadline to make a run at the playoffs if it’s not been filled internally or through free agency.
Why SHOULDN’T the Phillies make a play for Machado? (Because they totally should)
— Ethan Witte (@ethan_witte) December 15, 2017
All signs point to Manny Machado being a one-year rental for 2018 and not negotiating a contract extension this offseason with Baltimore or whoever might trade for him. If that’s true, a team in a better position to win now should give up more. Machado is a rare talent, but he doesn’t turn the 2018 Phils into a contender. You take your chances that he hits free agency and you can heap dollars and years on him like others can’t or won’t.
Arrieta makes sense to me. Still solid and can usher in the younin’s. Why don’t the Phillies do everything I think makes sense?
— Drew (@DrewCastellano) December 14, 2017
Jake Arrieta is worth thinking about, sure. And if you can get him, and get one more starter, whether it be a Lance Lynn or Alex Cobb or maybe swing a deal for Chris Archer, then suddenly your club is built to win in 2018. If that’s happening, maybe I rethink Manny Machado and push hard to build a roster that can win day in and day out. That seems not to be the plan, however.
And so is Arrieta worth having around this year in an effort to have him around in ‘19-20 when the young core of the lineup is hopefully maturing into a bunch of first-division regulars, and some young pitching is starting to make an impact? Maybe. Like I said, it’s worth thinking about. As is everything you suggest, Drew. Klentak should be all in your DMs looking for advice. Particularly as it seems you’re a strat player, and they’re all cool. Tweet me a photo of your strat. (Sorry non-guitar people. Guitars are very important).
Took a buddy to his first ever Phillies game in September. Guys sitting around us were huge Odubel fans and were having fun shouting out to him during the game. In the 8th inning, Odubel throws up a ball, they drop it, my buddy picks it up & keeps it. Should he have given it up?
— Mitch Rupert (@Mitch_Rupert) December 12, 2017
If the guys sitting around you were over 21, no way do I give that back to them. What I would probably do for a tossed ball like that is pass it to a kid, so if these guys were even like college-aged, without beers, I would give it back to one of them. Beers nixes it – if you can’t catch a ball while drinking, you don’t deserve the ball. Or the beer. HAND IT OVER, BRO!
Now if this were a foul ball, I’d try give it to a young kid (under 15 maybe) who almost caught it or made an effort. I don’t really need a foul ball at my house. The dog would eventually find it and chew it. Dude can chew. A home run, I am keeping unless a younger kid, like 10 and under, blew the catch and is all whiny and upset. I can find somewhere to keep an MLB home run ball away from the pup, but it’s not worth hearing a kid bitch and moan.
Are the Yankees a fit for Hernandez now? #crashbag
— Eric Eckman (@EEEckman) December 12, 2017
If they land Machado in a White Sox swappidy-doo, or some other decent veteran option at third, then no, I think they stopgap their way to Gleyber Torres’ being healthy and ready (and maybe screw him out of a super-two future). If not, Torres maybe is their third baseman mid-year (still after the “super-screw” – that’s what we should all call that now, btw. Give it a good name and maybe it forces owner to change. Sure. Right.) At that point, César is a viable option. He’s got a good chance to help for a couple years, so he won’t be cheap, and he doesn’t have to go now – he could be held up to the July deadline or even until next winter.
which Phillie should play QB for the Eagles now?
— Luke Nixon (@lukejnixon) December 12, 2017
There are a couple possibilities – I think Aaron Altherr would make a decent signal caller – he’s tall, has a good arm, seems mobile enough to bail out the lackluster left side of the O-line, but he was born in Germany so he probably plays soccer, not football. Shame. Nick Pivetta is built like a QB, but being from Canada, he’d always be saying things like “we just need to get to the fifty-three yard line” and “what the heck’s a fourth down” and “let’s run the Ol’ Moosejaw Mambo”.
A big arm is a must, so you have to consider Vince Velasquez, but he’d have to come out before the first half ended after throwing 117 passes. Adam Morgan’s a lefty, which to me is weird for a QB. Aaron Nola’s arm slot is too low – every pass would be batted down.
I think I’m going with Jerad Eickhoff here. He’s a big body with a good arm who’s known to manage a game well, and “The General” is a great nickname for a quarterback.
Ok, that’s it. Happy Holidays to all of you. And Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating this week. I’m a non-practicing gentile, and my wife is non-practicing Jewish, but we’re doing the more secular holidays for the first time this year with our 2-year-old daughter Ada. Rosh Hashanah was ok – apples and honey is not a bad thing – but Hanukkah is better. Ada likes the candles and gelt, plus I think we’re making latkes and lox with dinner-eggs this weekend. And there’s beef stew, (we didn’t actually get brisket but whatever), in the slow cooker starting to smell really good at 3am when I am finishing writing this. Not bad.
FYI – Trader Joe’s gelt is pretty good. Not waxy and gross like others I’ve had. It’s so good that Ada had a meltdown when we wouldn’t give her any before dinner tonight. FUN!