Elsewhere, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to… not a Major League team, not a Minor League team… but a Community College team! Ouch!
ShooterB, I demand an explanation.
Jenkins is classy, though:
What’s there to be mad about? I picked a great year to be here. I wish it worked out better and I could be with them, but I don’t regret one minute. I wouldn’t change a thing being with these guys going through what we went through last year.
The Phillies had two left-handed hitters — Jenkins and Matt Stairs — vying for a spot on the bench and with the left-handed Greg Dobbs guaranteed a spot, one of the two clearly wasn’t going to make it through spring training.
Due to Jenkins’ large salary ($6.75 million for ’09 and a $1.25 buy-out for ’10), he was essentially untradeable. Stairs is only owed $1 million through 2009 and will become a free agent after the season, thus he can be appealing to a team looking for a lefty masher at the trading deadline.
Gary Sheffield was also released by his team, the Detroit Tigers, as well and Zolecki thinks he fits in with the Phillies:
Sheffield is a right-handed, power-hitting corner outfielder.
The Phillies are looking for a right-handed, power-hitting corner outfielder.
the Phillies only would have to pay Sheffield $400,000. In essence, they would be paying Sheffield $8.4 million to get a right-handed bat for their bench compared to paying Jenkins $8 million.
Aside from Sheffield, there aren’t any other right-handed outfielders that the Phillies would be interested in, so the right-handed bat could be Miguel Cairo or John Mayberry. At this point, the chances of Mayberry getting that spot are slim. Although he impressed spectators with his power during spring training, he still needs a lot of polish (including better knowledge of the strike zone) before you can trust him with 150 at-bats.
Additionally, while Mayberry — offensively — would likely outperform Cairo, who has a career OPS+ of 75, he lacks versatility; he’s just an outfielder. Cairo can fit in at any infield or outfield spot, giving the Phillies plenty of versatility.
Back to Sheffield: whether you like it or not, his effect on the team’s chemistry will be a factor brought up with the Phillies’ brass. He’s been a troublemaker plenty of times throughout his career, and it may not be a wise move to import a player with such baggage. I’m not advocating this as a reason to keep him away; it’s just the elephant in the room.
Further, Sheffield is on the cusp of a career milestone and baseball history as he sits on 499 home runs. That certainly would be a reason that more fans would come out to the stadium, but with the Phillies, would that really have an effect? They just won the World Series and tickets have been selling like hotcakes. In other words, would Sheffield making history — which is dwarfed in importance by the Phillies’ World Series championship — give the organization a significant and worthwhile return on its $400,000 investment?
Elsewhere… Zolecki reports that Chan Ho Park has beat out J.A. Happ for the #5 spot in the starting rotation.
Happ’s fate with the team has not been decided, although Amaro said Happ, Gary Majewski, Jack Taschner and Bobby Mosebach are comepting for two bullpen jobs.
I have two articles up at Baseball Daily Digest today.
The first is a preview of the defending World Series champions. One of my bold predictions:
Don’t Be Surprised If…
A Phillie wins both the NL MVP and Cy Young awards.
When it comes to Ryan Howard, we make a lot of assumptions based on not a whole lot of actual evidence. We pigeonhole the guy, calling him a one-dimensional out-of-shape tub o’ lard who is going to crash and burn in epic fashion.
The truth is that we really don’t have enough information — fancy that — to make a reasonable conclusion as to how best to project him. In other words, we are unable to reject the null hypothesis that Howard will be more like his 2005-07 self than his ’08 self.
The Philadelphia Phillies acquired reliever Jack Taschner from the San Francisco Giants on Friday for catcher Ronny Paulino.
Taschner was 3-2 with a 4.88 ERA in 67 games last season. He gives the Phillies another left-hander in the bullpen to go with Scott Eyre. J.C. Romero was suspended the first 50 games for using a banned substance.
An initial glance at Taschner’s career statistics doesn’t give you any reason to get excited, and a look at his splits reveal no noticeable difference against left- and right-handed hitters.
Against Taschner over his career, lefties have a .345 BABIP as opposed to the .288 BABIP of right-handed hitters. Factor in that he is moving from a very spacious ballpark to a smaller park, and that he will have baseball’s best defense behind him, and that BABIP should regress quite a bit.
The Phillies definitely accomplished their goal of acquiring a lefty to take Romero’s place for the first 50 games of the regular season, and it didn’t cost them anything but an expendable catcher. It may have been wiser to simply sign free agent Will Ohman (who still doesn’t have a home) but GM Ruben Amaro repeatedly said that they didn’t have the funds available to do so.
UPDATE: The Giants turned right around and traded Paulino to the Florida Marlins. Per the San Francisco Chronicle:
[…] the Giants traded just-acquired catcher Ronny Paulino to the Florida Marlins for 21-year-old right-hander Hector Correa, Florida’s fourth-round draft choice in 2006.
Paulino must be having a lot of fun over the past few months. Pittsburgh to Philly to San Fran back to the East coast to Florida.
The Phils’ international scouting department signed 16-year-old Domingo Santana from the Dominican Republic. Santana, a 6-foot-5 outfielder with a strong throwing arm, received a $300,000 signing bonus. He had also been pursued by the Yankees.
A 6’5″ 16-year-old from the D.R.
Color me surprised, yet skeptical. Cross your fingers and hope he didn’t lie about his age, like everyone else seems to do.
Related links: Phuture Phillies
At Baseball Daily Digest, you may find a preview of the Manny Ramirezes — err, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
PECOTA is high on the Dodgers despite losing a huge chunk of their league-best pitching staff over the off-season. Gone are Derek Lowe (Braves), Brad Penny (Red Sox), Greg Maddux (retired), Takashi Saito (Red Sox), Joe Beimel (Nationals), Chan Ho Park (Phillies), and Scott Proctor (Marlins). The only pitchers they’ve brought in are Randy Wolf, Guillermo Mota, Shawn Estes, and Claudio Vargas.
We have saved the best for last, however. On March 30, the 30th and final preview will be posted by yours truly, focusing on the WFC’s.
It is with great sadness to report that John Brattain has passed away. Brattain wrote for a number of websites including Baseball Daily Digest and The Hardball Times.
The thread at Baseball Think Factory shows just how many lives he touched with his quick wit and great outlook on life.
John was my mentor and likely my first loyal reader here at Crashburn Alley. He was always available to talk — about anything whether it’s baseball, writing, or just random things about life. The advice he gave me was indispensable and he’s likely the reason why Joe Hamrahi of Baseball Daily Digest decided to add me to his staff of writers.
See ya on the other side…
This will be my last post for a little while–I go under the knife for the ol’ ticker at 7:15 AM Monday. Again, thanks for all the notes and well-wishes; once I’m fixed…er, repaired, I’ll be back with a vengeance. I’ve submitted a column for SMSN Sports that will run next week–beyond that it’s wait-and-see.
My deepest condolences to the Brattain family as well as to anyone that had the privilege of knowing him.
You will be dearly missed, John.
At Baseball Daily Digest, I have given yet another reason why we should lay off of Alex Rodriguez.
Other athletes, who we’ve yet to catch, will look at our treatment of A-Rod and conclude that there is no incentive for them to come out with the truth either on their own or when they are prompted. Look at their options:
A) Don’t admit to using. Media and public presume I used anyway, assassinating my character in print and on the Internet. With presumption, media and public suggest altering my statistics, taking away my accomplishments like MVP or Cy Young awards, and keeping me out of the Hall of Fame.
B) Admit to using. Media and public assassinate my character in print and on the Internet. Media and public suggest altering my statistics, taking away my accomplishments like MVP or Cy Young awards, and keeping me out of the Hall of Fame.
Continued from the last post… here’s a look at each team by position. In parentheses are other positions at which the player is eligible.
C: Russell Martin (3B), Mike Napoli
1B: Lance Berkman
2B: Ian Kinsler
3B: Aramis Ramirez
SS: Alexei Ramirez (2B, OF), Jhonny Peralta
OF: Matt Holliday, Jermaine Dye, Johnny Damon, Torii Hunter
UTIL: Carlos Pena (1B)
SP: Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Zack Grienke, Jordan Zimmermann
RP: Joe Nathan, Carlos Marmol, Joey Devine
Jack Bauer’s Army
C: Jorge Posada
1B: Kevin Youkilis (3B)
2B: Dustin Pedroia
3B: Felipe Lopez (2B, SS, OF)
SS: Hanley Ramirez
OF: Nick Markakis, Magglio Ordonez, Raul Ibanez, Chris Young, Rick Ankiel
UTIL: Derrek Lee (1B)
SP: Tim Lincecum, Dan Haren, Joba Chamberlain (RP), David Price, Erik Bedard, Chien-Ming Wang
RP: Francisco Rodriguez, Brad Lidge, Trevor Hoffman
C: A.J. Pierzynski
1B: Albert Pujols, Carlos Delgado
2B: Mark DeRosa (3B, OF)
3B: Aubrey Huff (1B), Jorge Cantu (1B), Mark Reynolds
SS: Michael Young
OF: Carlos Beltran, Manny Ramirez, Ryan Ludwick, Randy Winn
UTIL: Nate McLouth (OF)
SP: Josh Beckett, Ricky Nolasco, Ryan Dempster, Derek Lowe, Kevin Slowey
RP: Mariano Rivera, Brian Fuentes
C: Joe Mauer
1B: Prince Fielder, James Loney
2B: Howie Kendrick, Robinson Cano
3B: Ryan Zimmerman, Adrian Beltre
SS: Jose Reyes
OF: Ichiro Suzuki, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jay Bruce, Denard Span
UTIL: David Ortiz
SP: Johan Santana, Francisco Liriano, Carlos Zambrano, Matt Cain, Brett Myers
RP: Max Scherzer (SP), Huston Street
C: Matt Wieters
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Jason Giambi
2B: Brian Roberts
3B: David Wright
SS: Stephen Drew
OF: Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Quentin, Vladimir Guerrero, Corey Hart
UTIL: Travis Hafner
SP: Felix Hernandez, Rich Harden, Scott Kazmir, Javier Vazquez, Chris Young
RP: Brandon Morrow (SP), Mike Gonzalez, Hong-Chih Kuo (SP), Grant Balfour
C: Pablo Sandoval (1B, 3B)
1B: Chris Davis (3B)
2B: Mike Aviles (SS)
3B: Evan Longoria
SS: Derek Jeter
OF: Grady Sizemore, Carlos Lee, Bobby Abreu, Pat Burrell, Shin-Soo Choo
UTIL: Nelson Cruz (OF)
SP: Cole Hamels, Brandon Webb, Roy Halladay, Yovani Gallardo
RP: Joakim Soria, B.J. Ryan, Frank Francisco, Matt Lindstrom, Chris Ray
C: Brian McCann
1B: Miguel Cabrera (3B)
2B: Chase Utley
3B: Alex Gordon
SS: Rafael Furcal, Miguel Tejada
OF: Adam Dunn (1B), Andre Ethier, Jayson Werth
UTIL: Milton Bradley
SP: C.C. Sabathia, John Lackey, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Clayton Kershaw, Jair Jurrjens, Justin Duchscherer
RP: Bobby Jenks, Matt Capps, Chad Qualls
C: Geovany Soto, Chris Iannetta
1B: Ryan Howard
2B: Dan Uggla, Kelly Johnson
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Troy Tulowitzki
OF: B.J. Upton, Matt Kemp, Vernon Wells, Lastings Milledge
UTIL: Joey Votto (1B)
SP: Jake Peavy, James Shields, Aaron Harang, John Danks, Scott Baker
RP: Jonathan Broxton, Jose Valverde, Brad Ziegler
C: Ryan Doumit, Bengie Molina
1B: Mark Teixeira, Conor Jackson (OF)
2B: Brandon Phillips
3B: Chipper Jones, Edwin Encarnacion
SS: J.J. Hardy
OF: Ryan Braun, Jason Bay, Curtis Granderson, Xavier Nady
UTIL: Hunter Pence (OF)
SP: A.J. Burnett, Edinson Volquez, Justin Verlander, Ben Sheets, Matt Garza
RP: Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Cordero
C: Victor Martinez
1B: Justin Morneau, Carlos Guillen (3B)
2B: Chone Figgins (3B), Jose Lopez (1B)
3B: Garrett Atkins (1B)
SS: Jimmy Rollins
OF: Josh Hamilton, Carl Crawford, Alex Rios, Justin Upton, Brad Hawpe
UTIL: Shane Victorino (OF)
SP: Ervin Santana, John Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Adam Wainwright, Josh Johnson
RP: Kerry Wood, Brian Wilson
Jack Bauer’s Army: Hanley Ramirez
Cust’s Club: Albert Pujols
Hat Guy: Jose Reyes
Niagara Stars: David Wright
Crashburn Alley: Ian Kinsler
The Beast: Grady Sizemore
Shooter’s Swingers: Miguel Cabrera
Toothsome: Ryan Howard
Todak: Ryan Braun
IWS: Josh Hamilton
IWS: Jimmy Rollins
Todak: Mark Teixeira
Toothsome: B.J. Upton
Shooter’s Swingers: Chase Utley
The Beast: Evan Longoria
Crashburn Alley: Lance Berkman
Niagara Stars: Alfonso Soriano
Hat Guy: Johan Santana
Cust’s Club: Carlos Beltran
Jack Bauer’s Army: Dustin Pedroia
Jack Bauer’s Army: Tim Lincecum
Cust’s Club: Manny Ramirez
Hat Guy: Prince Fielder
Niagara Stars: Carlos Quentin
Crashburn Alley: Matt Holliday
The Beast: Carlos Lee
Shooter’s Swingers: C.C. Sabathia
Toothsome: Alex Rodriguez
Todak: Brandon Phillips
IWS: Carl Crawford
IWS: Justin Morneau
Todak: Jason Bay
Toothsome: Matt Kemp
Shooter’s Swingers: Brian McCann
The Beast: Cole Hamels
Crashburn Alley: Aramis Ramirez
Niagara Stars: Vladimir Guerrero
Hat Guy: David Ortiz
Cust’s Club: Ryan Ludwick
Jack Bauer’s Army: Kevin Youkilis
Jack Bauer’s Army: Nick Markakis
Cust’s Club: Nate McLouth
Hat Guy: Ichiro Suzuki
Niagara Stars: Brian Roberts
Crashburn Alley: Russell Martin
The Beast: Brandon Webb
Shooter’s Swingers: Adam Dunn
Toothsome: Jake Peavy
Todak: Curtis Granderson
IWS: Alex Rios
IWS: Shane Victorino
Todak: Jonathan Papelbon
Toothsome: Geovany Soto
Shooter’s Swingers: Rafael Furcal
The Beast: Roy Halladay
Crashburn Alley: Alexei Ramirez
Niagara Stars: Adrian Gonzalez
Hat Guy: Jacoby Ellsbury
Cust’s Club: Mariano Rivera
Jack Bauer’s Army: Dan Haren
Jack Bauer’s Army: Magglio Ordonez
Cust’s Club: Josh Beckett
Hat Guy: Joe Mauer
Niagara Stars: Corey Hart
Crashburn Alley: Joe Nathan
The Beast: Chris Davis
Shooter’s Swingers: John Lackey
Toothsome: Troy Tulowitzki
Todak: Hunter Pence
IWS: Victor Martinez
IWS: Garrett Atkins
Todak: Chipper Jones
Toothsome: Dan Uggla
Shooter’s Swingers: Chad Billingsley
The Beast: Joakim Soria
Crashburn Alley: Cliff Lee
Niagara Stars: Stephen Drew
Hat Guy: Ryan Zimmerman
Cust’s Club: Aubrey Huff
Jack Bauer’s Army: Francisco Rodriguez
Jack Bauer’s Army: Brad Lidge
Cust’s Club: Michael Young
Hat Guy: Francisco Liriano
Niagara Stars: Felix Hernandez
Crashburn Alley: Jermaine Dye
The Beast: Bobby Abreu
Shooter’s Swingers: Andre Ethier
Toothsome: James Shields
Todak: J.J. Hardy
IWS: Chone Figgins
IWS: Ervin Santana
Todak: Ryan Doumit
Toothsome: Jonathan Broxton
Shooter’s Swingers: Alex Gordon
The Beast: Derek Jeter
Crashburn Alley: Roy Oswalt
Niagara Stars: Rich Harden
Hat Guy: Jay Bruce
Cust’s Club: Carlos Delgado
Jack Bauer’s Army: Derrek Lee
Jack Bauer’s Army: Joba Chamberlain
Cust’s Club: Ricky Nolasco
Hat Guy: Howie Kendrick
Niagara Stars: Scott Kazmir
Crashburn Alley: Carlos Marmol
The Beast: Yovani Gallardo
Shooter’s Swingers: Bobby Jenks
Toothsome: Joey Votto
Todak: A.J. Burnett
IWS: Jon Lester
IWS: Daisuke Matsuzaka
Todak: Edinson Volquez
Toothsome: Jose Valverde
Shooter’s Swingers: MattCapps
The Beast: Mike Aviles
Crashburn Alley: Zack Grienke
Niagara Stars: Matt Wieters
Hat Guy: Carlos Zambrano
Cust’s Club: Mark DeRosa
Jack Bauer’s Army: Raul Ibanez
Jack Bauer’s Army: David Price
Cust’s Club: Ryan Dempster
Hat Guy: Matt Cain
Niagara Stars: Javier Vazquez
Crashburn Alley: Carlos Pena
The Beast: B.J. Ryan
Shooter’s Swingers: Jayson Werth
Toothsome: Vernon Wells
Todak: Justin Verlander
IWS: Adam Wainwright
IWS: Kerry Wood
Todak: Francisco Cordero
Toothsome: Lastings Milledge
Shooter’s Swingers: Clayton Kershaw
The Beast: Pablo Sandoval
Crashburn Alley: Johnny Damon
Niagara Stars: Chris Young (Padres)
Hat Guy: Brett Myers
Cust’s Club: Brian Fuentes
Jack Bauer’s Army: Jorge Posada
Jack Bauer’s Army: Chris Young (D-Backs)
Cust’s Club: Derek Lowe
Hat Guy: Max Scherzer
Niagara Stars: Brandon Morrow
Crashburn Alley: Jhonny Peralta
The Beast: Nelson Cruz
Shooter’s Swingers: Milton Bradley
Toothsome: Aaron Harang
Todak: Ben Sheets
IWS: Josh Johnson
IWS: Brian Wilson
Todak: Matt Garza
Toothsome: John Danks
Shooter’s Swingers: Miguel Tejada
The Beast: Frank Francisco
Crashburn Alley: Torii Hunter
Niagara Stars: Mike Gonzalez
Hat Guy: Huston Street
Cust’s Club: Jorge Cantu
Jack Bauer’s Army: Rick Ankiel
Jack Bauer’s Army: Erik Bedard
Cust’s Club: Kevin Slowey
Hat Guy: Robinson Cano
Niagara Stars: Hong-Chih Kuo
Crashburn Alley: Joey Devine
The Beast: Pat Burrell
Shooter’s Swingers: Ted Lilly
Toothsome: Scott Baker
Todak: Edwin Encarnacion
IWS: Justin Upton
IWS: Brad Hawpe
Todak: Conor Jackson
Toothsome: Chris Iannetta
Shooter’s Swingers: Jair Jurrjens
The Beast: Matt Lindstrom
Crashburn Alley: Mike Napoli
Niagara Stars: Travis Hafner
Hat Guy: Adrian Beltre
Cust’s Club: Randy Winn
Jack Bauer’s Army: Trevor Hoffman
Jack Bauer’s Army: Chien-Ming Wang
Cust’s Club: Mark Reynolds
Hat Guy: James Loney
Niagara Stars: Jason Giambi
Crashburn Alley: Randy Johnson
The Beast: Shin-Soo Choo
Shooter’s Swingers: Justin Duchscherer
Toothsome: Kelly Johnson
Todak: Bengie Molina
IWS: Carlos Guillen
IWS: Jose Lopez
Todak: Xavier Nady
Toothsome: Brad Ziegler
Shooter’s Swingers: Chad Qualls
The Beast: Chris Ray
Crashburn Alley: Jordan Zimmermann
Niagara Stars: Grant Balfour
Hat Guy: Denard Span
Cust’s Club: A.J. Pierzynski
Jack Bauer’s Army: Felipe Lopez
* IWS, Todak, Toothsome, and Hat Guy had teams that were auto-picked because they did not attend the draft.