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Some of you may have looked at this title and said, “Is this guy serious?” Yes, the Eagles may have more pressing needs at CB, RT, and LB, but for Locker, I believe you make an exception to your more pressing needs. Now, all of this is predicated on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at
Phillies Should Sever Ties with Lidge Yet again, Brad Lidge is on the DL. This time, it’s for soreness in his shoulder, something he has been feeling since the beginning of Spring Training. Despite his injury, Lidge felt he could pitch during spring training and in six outings was 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA with 6 SO and 4 BB. If those stats weren’t bad enough, Lidge’s fastball was topping out at 86 mph. With only one year left on his contract, it may not be the worst move for the Phillies to cut ties with Lidge, thereby opening up a spot in the bullpen for a young pitcher such as Michael Stutes. Ever since his magical 2008 season where he went a perfect 48 for 48 in saves situations (including playoffs), Lidge hasn’t been a very effective pitcher. In 2009, Lidge’s ERA was 7.21, the highest among all relievers in baseball and was a liability for the Phillies all season, highlighted by Game 4 of the World Series when he allowed the go-ahead run in the 9th inning. Last year, Lidge was much better, with a 2.96 ERA, but was still shaky in many of his outings, allowing 56 runners in just 45.2 innings. With both he and Ryan Madson in contract years, the Phillies need to make the decision if Madson is finally ready to close since Lidge will almost certainly not be here next year. Brad Lidge was once a great closer. There is no denying that if it weren’t for his efforts during the 2008 season, there is a good chance the Phillies would not have won the World Series. However, his slider is his only effective pitch and his fastball can’t get anyone out. If you’re a closer, you need two dominant pitches and Lidge no longer has those. Ruben Amaro needs to at least consider the possibility of releasing Lidge, even though he would be eating $11.5 million, for the betterment of the team and to allow younger pitchers the opportunity to prove themselves in the major leagues. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2011 at
I agree with you that I would not make this trade unless the Rangers eat a large portion of the contract. That is why I mentioned Blanton and Ibanez as trade possibilities because Young is not worth surrending a top level prospect for. At this point though, the Phillies may have no choice but to give a solid prospect plus Blanton because it appears Utley's knee may be headed toward surgery
Phillies would be wise to trade for Young With Chase Utley’s knee seemingly getting worse by the day, Ruben Amaro would be wise to trade for Michael Young, who at the age of 34 is still a very productive player. Last season, Young hit .284 with 21 HR’s and 91 RBI’s. Not only would Young fill the void Utley would leave at 2nd base, he would also help balance out a very left-handed heavy lineup. Young would certainly help make up for the loss of Utley’s production in the lineup. The main sticking point in a deal for Young is his salary. With three years and $48 million left on his contract, Young can’t really fit into the Phillies financial plans without the Rangers taking back some salary. A trade of Joe Blanton, who makes $16 million over the next two seasons, and Raul Ibanez, who makes $11.5 million in the final year of his deal, would work for both teams. At this point, the Rangers want to get value for Young but know they can’t get top prospects due to his contract and age. Getting a reliable pitcher in Blanton that can throw 200 innings a year would be a nice pick-up for the Rangers, who right now are counting on Brandon Webb to be their 5th starter. Ibanez would also provide an adequate replacement for Young, who is expected to DH for the Rangers this season. While this idea may seem far-fetched due to the Phillies payroll, it’s not as crazy as it may have seemed just a week ago. The Phillies and Utley both seem frustrated by what doctors are saying about the knee and both don’t know what the best option may be. At this point, it looks like Utley could be heading for surgery, which could place him out of the lineup for an extended period of time. Right now, their starting 2nd baseman would be Wilson Valdez, who is a nice bench player but will never be mistaken for an everyday player. It’s going to be hard enough replacing Jayson Werth’s production, but the loss of both he and Utley would be devastating to an aging Phillies lineup that struggled at times last year. The addition of Young would help the Phillies score runs and hold down the fort until Chase gets back. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at
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Jan 11, 2011