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Sifting through thousands of pitching numbers and coming out with only five surprises is not as easy as it sounds (actually, it doesn’t even sound that easy). But rules is rules so I had to stick to five, but wait…there’s more! I added a bonus surprise and covered more than one player per surprise. Why? Because I’m a people pleaser.
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Cliff Lee wins only 6 games…and loses 9!
If you didn’t watch baseball last year and then read this headline you’d probably think, “Wow, Cliff Lee must have gotten hurt or pitched horribly last year.” Nope. It was quite the opposite, actually. Lee finished the year with 211 IP, 7.39 K/BB ratio (ridiculous!), 3.16 ERA/3.13 FIP and 1.11 WHIP. Unfortunately, Lee only received 3.6 runs per start from his offense (10th-worst in baseball), which just proves that you should never chase wins when drafting. For what it’s worth, Lee ranked tied for 17...
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Rangers fans are left this week pondering the mixed legacy of their now departed Michael Young. As a legacy member of that team, Young had produced far more positive moments for the Rangers than the other way around. But his contract--which is not his fault--combined with two episodes of whining at position changes despite that contract--which is his fault--led to a falloff of some...
Lineup:1. Ben Revere/CF2. Michael Young/3B3. Chase Utley/2B4. Ryan Howard/1B5. Carlos Ruiz/C6. Jimmy Rollins/SS7. John Mayberry/RF8. Domonic Brown/LFBench:Erik Kratz/C, Kevin Frandsen/UTL, Freddy Galvis/UTL, Darin Ruf/OF/1B, and Laynce Nix/OF.*Humberto Quintero will serve as 2nd catcher while Chooch serves 25-game suspension.*Nix and Ruf would likely platoon with Mayberry and Brown...
Michael Young is the 2nd domino to fall for the Philadelphia Phillies. How will the remaining dollars be spent by Rube Amaro?
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My articles are designed to represent a baseball-man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box. Most fans do not consider the budget, prospects on the radar, the stick-glove-or-power requirements...
Michael Young hit .277/.312/.370 last season for the Rangers.
Michael Young spoke to reporters today about his trade to the Phillies over the weekend. He says he’s ready to take on third base.
There is no press conference scheduled for Young in Philadelphia as of yet.
Check out this video, courtesy of the Dallas Morning News.
A couple videos today via MLB.com of Michael Young reflecting on his trade to the Phillies. He thanked the Rangers fans and looked forward to the Phillies: The first is from Emily Jones of MLB.com: Your browser does not support iframes. The second comes courtesy of MLB.com and the Texas...
A lot of Phillies fans are unimpressed with the Phillies two latest additions – CF Ben Revere and 3B Michael Young. While both players fill huge holes for the Phillies, many don’t think they are the type of impact players that can help the Phillies climb back into the NL East race that they coughed up last year.
Ben Revere, whom the Phillies acquired in a trade that sent Vance...
Soriano to Philly? Forget it. (MLB)
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Phillies have discussed trading Domonic Brown to the Cubs for Alfonso Soriano. Jayson Stark of ESPN chimed in on twitter and said it’s a long shot to happen.
Thank the Lord.
Soriano is owed $36 million over the next two seasons and is 36-years-old (37 in January). He still has a little bit of power...
The Phillies pulled off a solid yet risky deal last week to solve their centerfield dilemma but simultaneously created another area of need. By including Vance Worley in the Ben Revere trade the Phillies current rotation would feature Kyle Kendrick and likely one of Tyler Cloyd or Jonathan Pettibone behind The Big Three. That isn’t the most appetizing back-end of a rotation...
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reported on Sunday that the Phillies have signed free agent RHP Zach Miner to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training.
Miner, 30, has not appeared in a big league game since 2009. After being sidelined with an elbow ailment, Miner underwent Tommy John Surgery and missed the entire 2010 season. Since then, the former Detroit...
DALLAS (AP) -- Michael Young says he's ready for a different challenge in Philadelphia after spending the first 12 seasons of his career with the Texas Rangers.
Young says it was an easy decision from a baseball perspective. He wanted to go to the Phillies to be their everyday third baseman.
Speaking publicly for the first time since waiving his no-trade clause and the deal...
The ball is in Asche's hands to win third base in 2014 according to Jayson Stark. Photo: Jay Floyd
Fresh off of my mother-in-law’s holiday choral concert, I’m back and ready to report on the latest from the Hot Stove in a special Midnight Update!
Something “Big” Coming
The biggest Philadelphia-related news of the day was obviously Michael Young being acquired by the...
Scott Elarton has signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins. While Elarton is a veteran and the Twins have rotation spots to fill, Elarton, 36, will serve primarily as organizational depth.
Last season Elarton pitched at the Triple-A level for the Phillies where he posted a 5.26 ERA.
The last time Elarton pitched in the majors was 2008 when he pitched eight games in relief...
The Philadelphia Phillies announced Sunday that they acquired infielder Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalberto Bonilla. Young, who wants to play more regularly, dropped his no-trade clause to go to Philadelphia. The Phillies will pay $6 million of Young's $16 million salary for next year. Young...
The Phillies could add a bat soon, the Dodgers probably aren`t done spending, and information about the lead-up to the Royals-Rays blockbuster is coming to light.