ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted this yesterday:
Ichiro Suzuki does not have a no-trade clause, and he appears to be the odd man out in the NYY outfield. The Phillies need outfield help.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 9, 2014
(Since we’re all still kind of new to this design: There are arrows on both sides of the gif above. You can click that to paw through the three .gifs. Alternatively, you can click on one of the three tiny circles in the bottom left.)
At ESPN, I discussed the implications of the latest setback in Cole Hamels’ quest to return from his arm injury, and discussed a few of the internal options that the Phillies could call upon to pitch in his stead.
There’s also this:
Phillies now inquiring about Ervin Santana
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) March 7, 2014
Update: And this…
The Phillies have not inquired about Ervin Santana, a team source said, refuting an earlier report.
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) March 7, 2014
I wonder if anyone from Spain has ever written in to the blog. I’d be surprised if that was the case. Because, you know…
@Bradleycs1: “what do you think AJ Burnett’s reaction to the Phillies implementing defensive shifts will be?”
I know he was unhappy with the Pirates shifting last season, but he’ll deal with it, because he’s a professional, and the Pirates shifted their infielders more last season than just about anybody, one of the consequences of such things being that Pittsburgh won 94 games and Burnett got to start a game in the playoffs. The shift is one of many developments in baseball strategy and tactics that I really, really don’t like from an aesthetic point of view, even though I recognize that it’s smart. For instance, strikeouts are on the rise as teams realize the most reliable way to get outs is to have pitchers who miss bats, while also, somewhat paradoxically, realizing that strikeouts for hitters aren’t terrible if they’re part of an approach that also leads to deep counts, home runs and walks. Meanwhile, stolen bases have also gone out of style to a certain degree, since the high break-even point makes it more important for would-be basestealers to pick their spots more wisely. Continue reading…
I joined Toby Hyde and Rob Brender on the Mostly Mets Podcast to preview the Phillies in the upcoming season. We talked about the Phillies’ aging roster, their lack of starting pitching depth, and their payroll situation, among other topics. I join the group around the 14:35 mark.
It’s been a while since we’ve had our last major, quantifiable or technological advancement in the public baseball sphere. It’s allowed us, certainly me, to become totally comfortable with just about everything presently on the statistical menu, knowing how everything is cooked and what other stats compliment it. I was comfortable, almost bored. Then, this week, two rather significant valuation bombs have been dropped on the baseball world. Continue reading…
Bad news. Cole Hamels suffered a setback in his recovery from tendonitis in his left shoulder. Via Chris Branch on Twitter: