Crash Bag #4: Desi Relaford is Salty
What is your favorite Desi Relaford memory
— Justin Klugh (@justin_klugh) March 8, 2018
In case you hadn’t heard, Desi Relaford thinks Phillies fans are trash. Here’s a counterpoint: Desi Relaford is trash. In parts of five seasons with the Phillies, Relaford came to the plate 1189 times and produced a 66 OPS+. In every single season Relaford was with the Phillies, he was below replacement level.
Here are his WAR totals with the Phillies: -2.0 fWAR and -1.8 bWAR. I have produced exactly 0.0 fWAR and 0.0 bWAR for the Phillies. Therefore, it’s logical to conclude that I’m a better baseball player than Desi Relaford.
In short, Desi Relaford is a bum and deserves to be booed.
But to the original question, I have to admit; I don’t have much memory of Desi, trash or otherwise. I was only eight years old when Desi took his last plate appearance in a Phillies uniform. All I remember distinctly about Relaford was the way Harry Kalas said his name, which is the case for a lot of forgettable Phillies over the years.
Number two is probably him calling Phillies fans trash. Like I said, I have very little memory of this particular scrub from the late 90s.
Why aren’t they adding starting pitching in free agency?
— J Dorazio (@jdorazio624) March 8, 2018
I’m assuming J means the Phillies, but realistically this could apply to almost any team in Major League Baseball.
The obvious answer is that the Phillies don’t think Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb, or Lance Lynn are worth the money/years they’re asking for (not to mention the draft pick they’d forfeit), and it seems like most teams agree. I can’t say I necessarily fault the Phillies for holding the line on three years for Arrieta, who’s entering his age-32 season and has shown signs of decline.
Any of those three pitchers are good enough to immediately compete with Aaron Nola for the top slot in the rotation, but it seems the Phillies are content to enter the season with what they have unless the asking price comes down.
I think once his service time has been manipulated to their liking Kingery is with the big club, do you think there is a still a Cesar market?
— Andrew Rinnier (@andrewrinnier) March 8, 2018
I’m also inclined to think that Scott Kingery reaches the Majors this year, but let’s not forget that Hernandez has been the Phillies’ second best position player over the past three years. In fact, MLB.com ranked Cesar as the seventh best second baseman in baseball earlier this offseason.
I think in the hype surrounding Kingery, a lot of fans have forgotten what Hernandez brings to the team. He’s a damn good player, and guys like him don’t grow on trees. That being said (and provided Kingery picks up this season where he left off in 2017), I think the Phillies look to move him closer to the trade deadline for pitching.
Regarding Hernandez’ market, I took a look at the top ten projected teams by FanGraphs as an approximation of who might be a buyer at the deadline. In order: Astros, Cubs, Yankees, Dodgers, Indians, Red Sox, Nationals, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Angels. Of those teams, only the Yankees really have a huge hole at the keystone. That’s not much of a market, and just last year, very few position players of consequence were moved at the deadline.
Of course, any team could surprise in the first half and look for upgrades in July. Some second baseman could get hurt and the team could look to upgrade. It’s just too early to tell.
Out of all the options, who should bat second for the Phillies
— Luke (@LScheetzy26) March 8, 2018
Before spring training, I’d have thought Odubel Herrera would hit second, but in the last Crashbag, our evil Crashburn Alley overlord Matt had Carlos Santana batting second behind Cesar Hernandez and before Rhys Hoskins.
Sure enough, Gabe Kapler has slotted Santana in at the two spot in six out of the nine games he’s played this spring by my count. Nobody else has been there in more than two games, so I’d imagine that’s the way the Phillies will start the season.