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Decisions employed by these lucky guys determine the careers of many Philadelphia Phillies, like Jonathan Papelbon. How did they do their jobs in your humble opinion?
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Is Time Running Out On Rube And Cholley As A Combo?
Praise Or Blame:
The red pinstripes dropped from 102-60 in 2011 to 81-81 last year. They have 6 stars plus 1: Doc Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Papelbon, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Chooch Ruiz as the 7th wheel. Only King Cole and Cinco Ocho were at their healthy, productive best. Cholley Manuel can only play the roster he is given, and he is one big-name injury away from a major obstacle. When both leaders had 3.5 of 7 major assets on the shelf, they struggled to break even.
Rube Amaro’s financial boundaries restricted him to gambling on the recovery of Jose Contreras for 8th-inning set-up. The GM also had no choice but to depend on the 4 breakout players from 2011: Antonio Bastardo, Mike Stutes, Vance Worley and John Mayberry Jr. Parity is the new reality for all 30 higher-ups, which means the only fallbacks are signed to Triple-A contracts, like 3B Josh Fields. A general manager in today’s market is limited to a $178M budget, if he works for one of the well-heeled franchises.
Keep in mind, this is only the early stage of the off-season, which should not be figured into Amaro’s 2012 results. If you think that Rube or Cholley did fantastic with what they had, you vote a stud. If not, you can say their performance was beer league or give them a pass, which is my view.
The 2009 NL Pennant Was The Peak For Rube And Cholley together
Stud = A Solid Result For 2013
Suds = A Beer-League Year
Pass = A Fluke Season
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The Phillies passing on some “overpaid” big name free agents have traded for Ben Revere, sending Vance Worley and Trevor May to the Twins. The Phils who are in dire need of offense and power will get little of either in acquiring Revere. Last season with the Twins Revere hit .294 ,stole 40 bases, and drove in a paltry 32 runs in 553 at bats. What makes the 24-year-old Revere...
Phillies get:Ben RevereTwins get:Vance WorleyTrevor MayDetails and analysis later. But my first reactions is:
In 2008, the Phillies brought the city its first championship since the early 1980's. Every winter since then, the team has added a markee name and big contract to its roster, only to see the team's overall performance slip a little from the previous season.
The club's general manager, Ruben Amaro Jr., was initially praised for each of the "big splash" moves...
Apparently Ruben Amaro Jr. is hot and heavy for the Texas Rangers Michael Young to fill the Phillies 3rd base vacancy next season. Young has full no-trade rights and is owed $16M in 2013. He's coming off a season in which he only hit .277/.682 and is now 36 years old. Rangers are rumored to be willing to eat at least half of his salary, but that's still a steep price...
OFF YOU GO
Third baseman Michael Young has reportedly waived his no-trade clause, allowing the Rangers to trade him to the Phillies.
Right-handed pitcher Vance Worley was actually standing in Citizens Bank Park when he got the news that he was being shipped to Minnesota. He was as shocked as the rest of us that his time in Philadelphia was at an end. Sadly, the Vanimal is gone. Phillies’ top pitching prospect Trevor May will join him there as well.
In return, the Phillies got a young centerfielder. Ben Revere...
The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired centerfielder and leadoff man Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says that the Twins are getting right-hander Vance Worley in return.
Revere gives the Phillies a big stolen base threat as well as a tremendous defender with outstanding range in center. The 24 year old has...
The ball is in Asche's hands to win third base in 2014 according to Jayson Stark. Photo: Jay Floyd
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Something “Big” Coming
The biggest Philadelphia-related news of the day was obviously Michael Young being acquired by the...
The Phillies have taken 22-year old Ender Inciarte 15th overall from the Arizona Diamondbacks’ system. Inciarte is a speedy outfielder who reached High-A Visalia last season at age 21, hitting .319/.377/.419 with 1 HR and 28 steals in eight attempts. The lefty is 5’11 from Venezuela and could be an immediate defensive contributor for the Phillies. Baseball America editor John...
Michael Young is coming to Philadelphia.
After two days weighing his options, the 36-year old lifetime Texas Ranger has decided to leave the only organization he has ever played for, waiving his no-trade option for a chance to play third base everyday with the Phillies.
In exchange for Young, the Phillies will send back 25-year old right-handed reliever, Josh Lindblom, and Lisalverto...
Ben Revere will man center field in Citizens Bank Park when the Philadelphia Phillies take the field in 2013. The outfielder was acquired on Thursday from the Minnesota Twins for pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May.
The Phillies were one of a handful of teams who had interest in Revere. The 24-year-old Revere batted .294/.333/.342 last season. While he has blazing speed on the base...
The Philadelphia Phillies have filled their hole at third base with Michael Young after the veteran has accepted a rumored trade to Philadelphia. The Texas Rangers will be paying $10 million of the $16 million owed to Young in 2013. Heading to the Rangers in return for Young are reliever Josh Lindblom and prospect Lisalverto Bonilla.
2012 was the worst season of Young's career...
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Philly Baseball Beat 12.6.2012
The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired center fielder Ben Revere from the Twins, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Vance Worley and Trevor May wil be going back to Minnesota to complete the deal.
Revere hit .294/.333/.342 with 13 doubles, six triples, 32 RBIs, 40 stolen bases and 70 runs scored in 511 at-bats last season. He also carried a .333 on-base percentage and a .342...
The deal is done. After time to mull it over, Michael Young has accepted the trade to Philadelphia and will be the Phillies' starting third baseman. The cost: relief pitcher Josh Lindbloom and minor league pitcher Lisalberto Bonilla, reports CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury. The Phillies acquired Lindblom at the trade deadline...