No More Nomar?

nomar.jpgThe word is that the Oakland A’s are interested in Nomar Garciaparra.

The Phillies have been interested in Garciaparra for some time, but the feeling I get is that he isn’t coming to Philadelphia.

“We’re not going to get into a bidding war with the A’s,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said today. “He knows what our parameters would be.”

Those parameters are believed to be modest.

But what about free agent lefthanders like Joe Beimel and Will Ohman? They’re still on the market, and the Phillies could use another lefthander.

“If they get to the point where they would take something that is extremely modest, then we’d still be in it,” Amaro said. “But they’d have to take something that’s very, very modest because, frankly, we don’t have any money to play with right now.”

Amaro wouldn’t say what “modest” means, but it’s safe to say it’s less than $1 million.


If the Phillies are looking for another lefthanded arm to have in camp, lefthander Mike Bacsik is looking for a job. He pitched for triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2005, so he has familiarity with the Phillies’ organization and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who he also knew in Cleveland.

“My connection to Charlie and the organization makes the idea of being part of the Phillies organization enticing,” Bacsik said. “My ability to start or relieve could possibly serve a need the organization has from the left side. I spent most of 2007 pitching in the big leagues with Washington and would welcome a trip back to the NL East.”


Ryan Madson changed numbers. He wears No. 46 after wearing No. 63.


“I needed a change,” Madson said. “(President Barack) Obama said it’s time for change.”


I know the Phillies have added about 30 million to the payroll but Amaro shouldn’t be talking about not having any money left. They still have a few minor needs to fill, like a bat from the right side and an arm from the left.

If Nomar wants to go to a team with no hope of competing for a championship for a few more bucks, then let the fool go.

With a reported payroll of $132.5mil, Amaro is now telling the world the Phillies are broke. With Romero missing the first 1/3 of the season(that’s a lot) we have Scott Eyre, a situational lefty as the only southpaw in the pen. With a couple of quality LHRP like Biemel (especially) and Ohman still available at less than their market value, Amaro needs to make a move. Perhaps if he had back what little money he spent on signing M Giles, Ozuna and even Cairo to minor league contracts, he could sign Beimel or Ohman. We don’t really need a RH bat off the bench. There is always the option of keeping 3 catchers and using Coste primarily as a PH. The biggest concern is adding a Lefty to the pen. I absolutely do not believe Amaro when he says we are broke. That’s just lip service to the fans for not offering a deal to Beimel/Ohman.

I know this is a silly comment – but if I pitched the way Madson did in the World Series, and won a ring – I would have my numbered tattooed to my back, much less change it the next year.

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