Originally written January 20, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
Was Mike Adams the most important acquisition of the Philadelphia Phillies for 2013?  Was it Michael Young, Ben Revere or a piece that will be added later?   TAL’S HANDY CAPS WELCOME, NEWCOMERS:  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 team’s weaknesses, the track record, the competition and the other intangibles. Please go to my author archives or Phillies page for my most recent coverage. Scroll down to Tal’s Handy Links at the bottom. Thank you.   Check out:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Unstoppable parity   Baseball-Fix Schedule When the stove is hot, I will continue the process of the previous Monday’s approach, if appropriate.  For early birds Sunday evening is post time. Due to a strong response and a complicated off-season, my reviews will be weekly until spring training ends. The new summer schedule will allow me to publish the best 3 storylines each week, but there will be an updated calendar included with each feature:  Posts involving commentary, polls and stats will be listed for the upcoming 7 days. TIMEFRAMEFORMATPUBLISHING December to AprilBaseball-Fix MondayWeekly December to AprilSuds or Studs2-4 Times a Month April to Season's EndNitecap Insight3 Times a Week April to Season's EndSuds or Studs2 Times per 10 Days April to Season's EndTal's Handy Stats2 Times per 10 Days     Adams Dials up a Circle Change in the 2011 World Series during the 8th of Game 2 on October 20 in St. Louis     3RD JANUARY BASEBALL-FIX MONDAY        Creative Doctoring:   When you strive to stitch up 4 holes with almost $23 million, you need a scalpel, a deft hand and nerves of steel. There are 2 directions for a franchise, and most general managers decide against exceeding the competitive-balance threshold. After 10 completed campaigns, the Yankees have averaged more than $22 million a year in tax penalties. And they went to 2 Fall Classics, winning one. They have targeted 2014 and its $189 million boundary to push the one-time reset button.  It’s a do-over back to a first violation beyond ’14. The Dodgers will be approximately $44 million over the limit, and be on the hook for an additional $7.7 million (17.5%). Increasing the maximum to $189 million in 2014, they will be $33 million over, which means charges of 30% (’14), 40% (2015) and 50% (2016). Those amounts are respectively $9.9 million (’14), $13.2 million (’15) and $16.5 million (’16). That’s $47.3 million for the next 4 tours and $22 million each season after that. When New York (AL) does not desire losing $22 million per 162, what does that scream? The Phils and 28 other organizations came to the conclusion that this is not a wise business decision. That translates to locking up home-grown talent, like Cole Hamels. It also involves new, challenging ways to assemble a club before training camp, which equals varying risks because of financial limitations. Comfort levels for a general manager: The so-called sure thing:  Ryan Howard. The limited track record:  Revere. The gamble on a decent player when healthy or a 3-month breakout star:  Jose Contreras and John Mayberry Jr. respectively from 2012. The breath-holding roll of the dice:  Dom Brown and Darin Ruf. The no-resume regular:  Freddy Galvis from last April.   Young Slams an RBI Double during the 3rd on October 3 in Oakland For the purposes of the bottom line, Rube Amaro spent $6 million (Adams), $6 million (Young) and $3.8 million (John Lannan). That’s $15.8 million of almost $23 million, which figures in $1.3 million for Lannan’s incentives–the most achievable ones. He received the best 8th-inning setup man in the majors, a .300 hitter with something to prove, a fleet center fielder, and a replacement rotation arm. He has around $7 million to sign a corner outfielder and $5 million for the trading deadline.     Financial Table @ Philadelphia Phillies news: Suds or studs, retooling   The Big Splash   The 8th frame was the gap between the starter and the closer that doomed at least a dozen games.  Young can bat 2nd, 5th or 6th and he fixed his mechanical flaw, averaging .313 after August.  To supersede Shane Victorino, Revere shores up the middle of the diamond with Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins.  Revere hit .294 with 40 stolen bases in 49 attempts last summer, while Lannan is good for 180 innings and a respectable ERA.   The Corner Outfielders: PLAYER & AGEPOS.ABAVG.HRRBIBB IBB RH John Mayberry Jr., 29Right Field441.2451446342 LH Dom Brown, 25Right Field187.2350526212 TOTALRight Field628.2421972554 RH Darin Ruf, 26Left Field033.3330310021 LH Laynce Nix, 32Left Field114.2460316120 TOTALLeft Field147.2650626141     Combined stats: Current left fielders thrice projected to 441 at-bats equals .265, 18 dongs and 78 RBI. Current right fielders produced a .242 mark, 19 jacks and 72 RBI.   Lannan Deals a Circle Change during his Final Game as a National against his New Club on October 1 in Washington   The 1-6 lineup in some order will be: Rollins, Revere, Utley, Howard, Ruiz and Young after the catcher returns by early May. The 7 and 8 spots will be Laynce Nix, Brown, Ruf or Mayberry. They are not a guaranteed 2 outs for the opposing pitcher. In other words, this one problematic area is not a season ender. The Nationals lost 3 southpaws from their ‘pen:  Sean Burnett (Angels), Mike Gonzalez (Brewers) and Tom Gorzelanny (Brewers). They added Bill Bray, who was released outright by the Reds. They say their right handers can retire left-side sticks, but that may not be the smartest decision with Howard and Utley on an adversary’s squad. According to the numbers: Tim Hudson is a 2:  16-7, 3.62 ERA. Paul Maholm is a 4:  4-5, 3.45 ERA (Atlanta) and 13-11, 3.67 ERA (total). Mike Minor is a 5:  11-10, 4.12 ERA. Kris Medlen is a 3 until he duplicates 2012:  10-1, 1.57 ERA. Julio Teheran will slot in at 5:  0-0, 5.68 ERA.   Revere Smacks a 1st-inning Single on October 1 in Toronto   The Braves added B.J.Upton, but they bid goodbye to Chipper Jones and Michael Bourne. Their 5-man staff was stronger last March, and Medlen needs a full campaign to draw a more realistic appraisal. They will have to tax their bullpen more also. Our 2 NL East rivals have their flaws also, which means the division is up for grabs and the wild card is only a fallback position.     LINK-UP BELOW: A link for specific email notification is provided below. Any holdups that may occur will be posted at Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook. This is the 12th storyline for 2013. Check out my recent publication (The Spring Swing) on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo. Also, my new feature is Suds or Studs.  I will periodically publish the 2013 ERA for the NL East and the 2013 ERA for the MLB 5. Thank you, to all who bookmarked my page. TAL’S HANDY LINKS   Email Notifications TAL’S HANDY CAPS on Facebook  Philadelphia Phillies news: Suds or studs, retooling Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Ruf is ready Phillies Tal Venada (Author Archives) Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at final game 162 Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the MLB 5 at final game 162  
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