Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 12/19/12
Pop quiz: Which lefty reliever would you rather have? (2012 stats listed, 2013 aged season listed) - Player A: 52 IP, 14.02 K/9 IP, 4.50 BB/9 IP, 3.18 xFIP. Age 27 - Player B: 50.1 IP, 7.51 K/9 IP, 3.93 BB/9 IP, 4.17 xFIP. Age 30 - Player C: 27.1 IP, 11.52 K/9 IP, 6.59 BB/9 IP, 3.92 xFIP. Age 26 - Player D: 31.1 IP, 11.49 K/9 IP, 4.02 BB/9 IP, 3.24 xFIP. Age 27 - Player E: 31.0 IP, 10.16 K/9 IP, 1.45 BB/9 IP, 3.03 xFIP. Age 35 - Player F: 25.0 IP, 5.76 K/9 IP, 2.88 BB/9 IP, 4.48 xFIP. Age 27 There are a lot of players on that list – of the six, five are currently on the Phillies 40-man roster and one was reportedly a free agent target. Player F is the only player whose stats indicate that he is probably not as good as the other five. Player F is Joe Savery – let’s assume everyone is OK with moving on from Savery for the sake of this exercise and move on to exhibit B. Knowing that four of the five are already available on the Phillies 40-man, and that the Phillies have limited salary available headed into 2013, here are the estimated commitments for each of the players above: - Player A: ~$1 million, three years of team control available - Player B: $4-5 million per year, two to three year commitment - Player C: ~$480-500 thousand per year, five years of team control available - Player D: ~$480-500 thousand per year, five years of team control available - Player E: ~$480-500 thousand per year, four years of team control available As you can probably tell, I am intentionally leading the witnesses here. One of these players’ costs is between four and ten times higher than the other four and I have made statements already indicating which direction I would go. Player A is Antonio Bastardo, Player B is J.P. Howell, Player C is  Jake Diekman, Player D is Jeremy Horst, and Player E is Raul Valdes. Late last evening, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reported the Phillies were one of five teams that had interest in Howell. The Phillies bullpen shined last year in getting strike outs (highest K/9 IP in the Majors) and had a nice xFIP (fifth in NL, eight in MLB) but struggled avoiding walks (fifth in NL/MLB), getting ground balls (worst in NL, 29th in MLB), and gave up a lot of home runs (fourth worst in NL in HR/9 IP, seventh worst in MLB). A lot of the struggles came early on and the team improved by cutting loose the deadweight (Chad Qualls, Savery) and finding quality arms from within their system (Horst, Diekman, Phillippe Aumont). In the areas where the Phillies should seek improvement, Howell is not an improvement. His BB/9 IP (3.93) and his HR/9 IP (1.25) are downgrades while his 48.9% GB% is a minor improvement. Bastardo, Horst, Diekman, and Valdes are all cheaper options with years of team control with the potential to get better. The Phillies would be foolish to waste precious resources on Howell who does not present himself as an obvious upgrade to what they currently have that throws left-handed. What they have that throws right-handed has been addressed with the acquisition of Mike Adams and may have been the best opportunity to score the most bang for their buck.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Try Outs, Ep. 1: What happens when two regular dudes attempt to workout with professional boxer Raquel Miller
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Von Miller gifts every AFC West player custom bottle of wine

Bucs C Joe Hawley claims Seahawks player spit in his face

Report: A.J. Green jogging, no timeline for return from injury

Vikings’ Robison tees off on NFL officiating after missed call

Former NFL doc hints Gronk's injury could threaten career

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Odom battling addiction, hanging with ‘same old crew’

Joe McKnight shot and killed in apparent road rage incident in Louisiana

Brett Brown plans to play Ben Simmons at point guard

Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson resigns

Report: Chargers and Raiders fully expected to relocate

Report: Rob Gronkowski to undergo back surgery

The Pirates prepare for rarely chartered waters in dealing Andrew McCutchen

Box Score 12/2: High-kicking it into the weekend

Everything you need to know for CFB Championship Week

Jeff Fisher is the unkillable cockroach of NFL head coaches

Four teams to keep an eye on at the 2017 Winter Meetings

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Belichick addresses Gronk's injury, future this season

Ideal MLB offseason blueprint for every team

Eight NFL teams facing must-win games in Week 13

12/1: Philadelphia 76ers are all wet

The Rock once tried pulling a Miami teammate's tongue out

EPL teams itching for January transfer window to open

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The Pirates prepare for rarely chartered waters in dealing Andrew McCutchen

Everything you need to know for CFB Championship Week

Jeff Fisher is the unkillable cockroach of NFL head coaches

Four teams to keep an eye on at the 2017 Winter Meetings

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Porzingis reshapes Knicks by elevating his game

TailGreater: Your championship week playlist is set

Clarification: Why the rules near the crease need to be fixed

College Football Playoff rankings: Calm before the storm

The NBA bottom feeders learning to swim

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker