Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Juan Pierre is still with the Philadelphia Phillies and I am not surprised.  Why would you swap a .300 hitter to save $267K and receive a no-shot prospect?




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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:    5-1 Triumph

TYPEPLAYERREASON The Crystal Champagne ToastCliff LeeFive-Star Performance The Penthouse John Mayberry Jr.
Jimmy Rollins

Chase Utley
Cliff Lee
A 2-Out RBI Single For A 1-0 Lead In The 1st
A Solo HR Off The Foul Pole For A 2-0 Score In The 3rd
During His 3 For 5 Day With A SB
A 2-Out RBI Double For 3-0 Game In The 5th
* A 8-Pitch Bags-Full BB To Knock Out His Matchup In The 6th
Fired 7 Scoreless, 5-Single (Hit) Innings The Kangaroo CourthouseCliff LeeFailed To Cover 1st For A DP In The 2nd The BathhouseHome SP* Sent To The Showers After 5+ The GlasshouseB.J. RosenbergWorking His Way Off The 2013 Active Roster


Above Asterisk ( *) = Corresponding Play And/Or Event


J-Roll Looks Into The Crowd After The Victory With The Thought Bubble: We’re Not Dead Yet.







Ready To Spend:


The baseball dynamic has changed over the last 2 seasons, but most observers are still mired in the before-parity past. All GM’s–no exceptions–are restricted by the $178M limit to avoid the competitive-balance tax. That stated, Rube Amaro needs 2 endgame relievers, a third baseman and 3 outfielders, but he has $27.5M to work with. That does not count $5M for the trading deadline and $3M to compensate achieved incentives, which leaves $19.5M. He can add Magic Juan to platoon with John Mayberry Jr. for $1M, which includes a $200K raise. For that he gets a steady bat who works endlessly at his craft, like Chase Utley and Doc Halladay. Where else can you get a deal like that?

J-Roll Pilfers 2nd In The 9th With His It-Ain’t-Over-Until-It’s-Over Mentality


The higher-ticket keepers are listed in the decisions column and can sign elsewhere. Their current organizations will need to think, long and hard, about their value, which in the case of Josh Hamilton will skyrocket. The Mets may pass on this year’s FA crop because their finances are questionable. Jon Rauch is an arm they probably will want to re-up. The White Sox are included because they play in a 2-team city, like New York and Los Angeles. Their 3 players are:  SP Francisco Lirano, LF Dayan Viciedo and C A.J. Pierzynski. Meanwhile, Texas has to be interested in:  Hamilton, Ryan Dempster, SP Colby Lewis, C Mike Napoli, RP Mike Adams and RP Koji Uehara. It will cost the Rangers a lot more to keep these five for 2013 and beyond.

Antonio Bastardo Has Back-To-Back Extended Performances



Adams, Uehara and Rauch are veterans on Amaro’s radar. However, the Sox and Cubs are the huge buying favorites. Red Sox Nation will experience certain unrest, if that franchise doesn’t ink a few stars. They have David Ortiz and Cody Ross, while Matt Garza will cost big bucks for Theo Epstein. Epstein has a ton of money and another curse to vanquish in Chicago. He loves expensive contracts and a championship for the Cubbies would enshrine him in Cooperstown.



DESCRIPTIONDESCRIPTION DealsPlayers & Dollars Under ContractBuyoutsPlayers & Owed Dollars To Not Re-Up Min. $Players @ Approx. $500K MLB MinimumBal. & Bal. $# Of Players To Reach 25 & Dollars To Hit $178M Arb. $Players & Arbitration Dollars Estimate Dec. $Players & Dollars Needing A Decision



Part 1:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Greenback mountain


$178M Range Teams:

NOTE:  Click entries button to open more than the visible 10.

TEAMDEALSMIN. $ARB. $BUYOUTSTOTALBALBAL. $DEC. $ Phillies11 @ $145.50M09 @ $4.5M-----1 @ $0.50M20 @ $150.50M5$027.50M----- Dodgers17 @ $169.90M06 @ $3.0M-----3 @ $0.95M23 @ $173.85M3$004.15M----- Angels08 @ $101.63M09 @ $4.5M3 @ $18.0M2 @ $4.50M20 @ $128.63M5$049.37M3 @ $37.50M * Yankees07 @ $131.07M08 @ $4.0M5 @ $21.0M-----20 @ $156.07M5$021.93M4 @ $42.75M * Tigers09 @ $092.42M04 @ $2.0M3 @ $15.5M-----16 @ $111.92M9$066.08M3 @ $23.75M * Rangers09 @ $084.31M08 @ $4.0M3 @ $17.0M1 @ $0.60M20 @ $105.91M5$072.09M5 @ $38.40M * Marlins09 @ $087.50M11 @ $5.5M1 @ $03.5M-----21 @ $096.50M4$081.50M----- Cubs05 @ $039.88M16 @ $8.0M1 @ $11.0M-----22 @ $058.88M3$119.12M----- Red Sox05 @ $038.81M04 @ $2.0M7 @ $32.0M-----16 @ $080.81M9$097.19M2 @ $17.58M * Mets06 @ $071.52M09 @ $4.5M2 @ $09.0M-----17 @ $085.02M8$092.98M1 @ $03.50M * White Sox11 @ $122.44M09 @ $4.5M-----1 @ $2.0M20 @ $128.94M5$049.06M3 @ $14.00M *

* 2012 Dollars


King Cole Survives The Rain At The Bank On August 23 Against The Reds








Cole Hamels:


He was 3-1 for his last 5 efforts with a 1.86 August ERA. During those 5, his ledger reads:  38.2 frames, 33 hits, 9 runs (8 earned), 7 walked (1 intentional) and 34 fanned.  Against the Braves (three times) in both parks (1 home), his line is:  1-1, a 2.25 ERA, 20 total, 15 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), 8 free passes and 19 whiffs.


STARTERRECORDTMSTARTERRECORDDAY & TIME 3LHP Cole Hamels14-6, 2.99 ERA@ BravesLHP Paul Maholm11-9, 3.44 ERASunday, Evening 1RHP Tyler Cloyd00-1, 4.50 ERA@ RedsRHP Johnny Cueto17-6, 2.48 ERAMonday, Day 2RHP Kyle Kendrick08-9, 4.01 ERA@ RedsRHP Mat Latos11-4, 3.79 ERATuesday, Night 3RHP Doc Halladay08-7, 4.01 ERA@ RedsRHP Mike Leake07-8, 4.45 ERAWednesday, Day


Paul Maholm Hurls A Dart On August 27 In San Diego


Paul Maholm:


For Atlanta, he is 2-3 with a 2.45 ERA and his numbers are:  36.2 innings, 29 hits, 10 all-earned runs, 7 BB and 31 K’s.  Overall, he has toiled 6.1 frames or more in 13 of 25 showings with 5 clunkers.  He faced the Phils as a Cub at the Bank with this mark:  6.1 innings, 5 hits, 1 run (earned), no walks and 1 strikeout on 100 late April tosses.


DELIVERY = PITCHER’S 2012DEFINITION OF SEASON Over The TopExcellent 3-Quarters SidearmGood SidearmAbove Average Short Arm Approximately Average SubmarineBelow Average



Starters’ photos, not described otherwise, are in the 1st inning.


Quality number of the pitcher:  1 – 5

Slot on his club:  1 – 5

Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.

*** = Approximately equal to after plus-and-minus computation


HURLERCole HamelsPaul Maholm NUMBERA OneA Three CLUB SLOTThreeFour FOR 2012Over The TopSidearm '12 RANKING1st of 5 Categories3rd of 5 Categories LAST STARTChangeupCurveball *** LAST HIGH OR LOW8th of 15 Categories5th of 15 Categories



PITCHINNER - R- HPITCHINNER 1Gyroball9 (CG)0 - 0 - 310Screwball64 2Fastball9 (CG)0 - 011Knuckleball53 3Cutter9 (CG)312Forkball0 - 4.2Monstrosity 4Split Finger7213Eephus Pitch0 - 2.2Disaster 5Curveball7314*Palm BallEjected 6Sinker6.1315*Spit Ball**Ejected+ 7Slider62*Breaking BallInjured 8Changeup63*FoshRain Interrupted 9Slurve52*Knuckle CurvePitch Count ** = Suspended* = A 2nd Pitch Also





CLIFF'S LINE: 7 INN, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K & 93 DARTS



ACEW - LERAINN+CONVCG SOBADINNHRERBBIBBSO Total26 - 203.466.249 of 69229476.0446192183932437 Halladay08 - 074.027.013 of 20005130.0123058058240104 Lee04 - 073.526.218 of 24002168.2174069066260161 Hamels14 - 062.996.218 of 25222177.1155065059432172




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Check out my previous publications (Parity For 2013) and the 99 storylines–so far–for 2012 on the Phillies page, where there is an excerpt photo.

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