Results tagged ‘ Jake Peavy ’

A Look Back at Deadlines Past

gillick and amaro.jpgThe Phillies got Cliff Lee, the Tigers got Jarrod Washburn and the White Sox got Jake Peavy.

Roy Halladay?

The Blue Jays didn’t trade him. It appears Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi overplayed his hand before today’s non-waiver trade deadline. He would not budge from his asking price, and because he didn’t budge he will get less for Halladay in the offseason than he would have gotten today.

Doh.

The Phillies seem to have done a nice job. They got one of just four starting pitchers traded before the deadline — Ian Snell also got traded — without giving up three of their top prospects: Kyle Drabek, Dominic Brown and Michael Taylor. That’s not bad work.

Let’s take a look at the mid-season trades the Phillies have made since they traded Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle, Rheal Cormier, Ryan Franklin, David Bell and Sal Fasano during their 2006 fire sale. These trades include trades made before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline.

2009

2008

2007

  • Russell Braynan from the Indians for cash.
  • Julio Mateo from the Mariners for Jesus Merchan.
  • Kyle Lohse from the Reds for Matt Maloney.
  • Tadahito Iguchi from the White Sox for Michael Dubee.

2006

The Phillies got Stairs, Eyre, Iguchi, Braynan, Moyer, Conine and Hernandez after the July 31 deadline. I mention that only because the Phillies still could make a move this season. If they do, I’m guessing it would be a utility player.

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Back to Business

phillies jays scrum.jpgThe second half is upon us.

Pedro Martinez is in the fold. Roy Halladay is not.

But like the Shermanator said, “Confidence is high. I repeat: confidence is high.” Not long ago the Phillies lost 14 of 18 games and their season appeared to be spiraling into the ground. Then they went 9-1 at home to take a four-game lead over the Marlins (it’s the second largest lead of any division leader at the break).

Phillies fans consider a third consecutive National League East championship a fait accompli, which is a little scary when you think about it (remember the ’07 and ’08 Mets).

Fans have reasons to be optimistic. The Phillies have the best offense in the National League, and that is with Jimmy Rollins struggling most of the first half and Raul Ibanez missing much of June and July with an injury. They also have the best defense in the National League.

But pitching remains a problem, which could become a bigger issue in October. Phillies starters have a 4.98 ERA, which ranks 14th in the league. Cole Hamels has a 4.87 ERA and has pitched more than six innings just four times this season. Brad Lidge has a 7.03 ERA, and has a 6.00 ERA since he returned from the 15-day disabled list in June. Jamie Moyer has a 5.99 ERA. Those are some red flags, which makes it even more crucial the Phillies improve their pitching before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Halladay said this week in St. Louis he considers his chances to be traded at 50-50. If that is the case, his chances of going to the Phillies are less because so many teams are interested in him. But Ken Rosenthal said the Phillies are a favorite because he doesn’t think the Angels and Cardinals have enough in their systems to get him. The Phillies do.

Here are a few things to consider when talking about Halladay:

  • Halladay’s current contract is not an issue. One Phillies source said recently, “He isn’t making anything.” Halladay is making $14.25 million this year and $15.75 million next year. In comparison, Brett Myers is making $12 million this season. Halladay is a bargain at that price, and because the Phillies have been selling out the Bank regulary they can afford it. So, yes, the Phillies can afford to pick up Halladay’s contract. The issue with Halladay is going to be prospects. Who does the Blue Jays want, and who are the Phillies willing to give up? The Phillies are in better shape than most teams, which does put them at the top of the pack.
  • Halladay has not indicated he needs a contract extension to accept a trade. He said he has made plenty of money in his career. He wants to win.
  • Halladay sounds like he is ready to go to any winner, including Philadelphia. This isn’t a Jake Peavy situation.
  • I’m getting a lot of Halladay and Vernon Wells questions. Any inclusion of Wells is a deal killer for the Phillies (and most every other team out there). And I have not heard anywhere the Blue Jays insist on including Wells in any talks. If the Blue Jays suddenly insist on Wells in any deal, the Phillies won’t be getting Halladay. But like I said, I have not heard that to be the case. At all. So relax.

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I was looking for Halladay/Phillies pictures and came upon this one from Spring Training 2003. Halladay hit Jim Thome with a pitch and Larry Bowa sparked a bench-clearing brawl when Halladay came to bat later in the game. Good times.

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Bastardo Shines

bastardo 0602.jpgYep, that settles it. Antonio Bastardo is better than Jake Peavy.

Bastardo impressed everybody in his Major League debut last night in a 10-5 victory over the Padres at Petco Park. He allowed four hits, one run and one walk and struck out five in six innings to pick up his first big-league win. His fastball settled in the 93-94 mph range, and he attacked the strike zone.

“I thought he had a good fastball,” Charlie Manuel said. “He was on a rush and you couldn’t slow him down if you had to. He did one thing real good and that was to be aggressive and he wasn’t afraid to throw the ball.

“He has a good changeup and a breaking ball, but he was gripping the ball and trying to throw it, so there wasn’t much action. But he did a super job, but he did it with one pitch.”

Of course, Bastardo will have to be able to throw his other two pitches if he expects to remain in the big leagues, but that is for another day. Right now the Phillies are feeling good because Bastardo showed he had the guts and the stuff to pitch in the big leagues. They could use somebody like that, especially if Ruben Amaro Jr. can’t pull off a trade for one of the top pitchers in baseball (i.e. Peavy or Roy Oswalt).

Say Bastardo sticks in the rotation, but he carries a 4.50 ERA come late July. Would you rather have him in the rotation or somebody like Jason Marquis or Jarrod Washburn, knowing you would have to give up a prospect or two to get them? Marquis is 7-3 with a 3.93 ERA after 10 starts with the Rockies. Washburn is 3-2 with a 3.22 ERA after 10 starts with the Mariners.

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Raul Ibanez homered twice for his 200th and 201st homers of his career. He’s good.

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The Phillies optioned Sergio Escalona to make room for J.C. Romero, who is back after serving his 50-game suspension.

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Bastardo vs. Peavy

bastardo.jpgTonight’s game at Petco Park has some intrigue to it.

Phillies rookie Antonio Bastardo, who is taking Brett Myers‘ place in the rotation, faces Padres ace Jake Peavy, who the Phillies would like to take Myers’ place in the rotation (Roy Halladay or Roy Oswalt wouldn’t be bad, either).

It is true Peavy is a long shot to come to Philadelphia, but that does not mean the Phillies aren’t interested. We’ve been over this before. The Phillies and Padres would have to agree on the talent to be exchanged for Peavy, which is not easy. The Phillies would have to decide if they can take on the remaining $63 million on Peavy’s contract — no small task considering the Phillies have nearly $100 committed to a handful of players next season. And, oh, Peavy would have to waive his no-trade clause to make it happen, and there are indications he would be unwilling to do that.

But who knows? Maybe Peavy can’t work a trade to one of his preferred teams (Cubs, Dodgers) and has to think to himself, “Either I stay with the Padres, where they’ll have to cut payroll elsewhere, or I go to Philadelphia for three years.”

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The Phillies optioned John Mayberry Jr. to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Bastardo. The Phillies want Mayberry to play everyday. When the Phillies activate J.C. Romero after tonight’s game, I imagine left-hander Sergio Escalona will be headed back to the Minors.

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The Pen – the reality series featuring the Phillies bullpen – debuts Sun., June 14 @ 8 pm on MLB Network.

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Heading Out West

The Phillies left for California yesterday a season-high eight games over .500.

This 10-game road trip through San Diego, Los Angeles and New York … wait a second, didn’t the Phillies just finish one of those? Yeah, they did. I can’t remember the last time two 10-game road trips were so close together. That’s craaazy. … is going to be a great test for the Phillies.

Can Joe Blanton build upon last week’s start against Florida, when he threw seven shutout innings? Can Antonio Bastardo — the man who is taking Brett Myers‘ spot in the rotation — outpitch Jake Peavy on Tuesday — the man Phillies fans would love to see pitching in Myers’ spot? Can the Phillies manage at least a split in four games in LA, where the Dodgers are the best team in baseball? And can they play a little better against the Mets, who are 3-1 against them this season?

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A couple stats to get your Monday morning going:

  • Baseball Prospectus gives the Phillies a 37 percent chance to make the postseason. BP likes the Mets better, however. They give the Mets a 71.1 percent chance.
  • Jayson Werth leads the Majors, averaging 4.52 pitches per plate appearance. Boston’s Kevin Youkilis is second with 4.44. Chase Utley is tied for 35th with 4.06. Ryan Howard is tied for 45th with 4.03. Shane Victorino sees the 15th fewest pitches in the Majors with 3.41 pitches per plate appearance.
  • Utley swings at only 7 percent of first pitches in his at-bats. That’s the third-lowest mark in baseball. Only Joe Mauer (3 percent) and J.J. Hardy (3.9 percent) swing at fewer first pitches. Werth is the 12th lowest at 12.1 percent. Raul Ibanez (24th at 15 percent), Jimmy Rollins (47th at 18.4 percent) and Victorino (tied for 57th at 19.9 percent) also are in the lowest 100. Ryan Howard is the 24th highest at 35.8 percent.
  • Utley leads the Majors with 11 hit by pitches. He leads the Majors with 88 hit by pitches from 2004 through 2009. Former Phillies centerfielder Aaron Rowand is second with 85.

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Petco Park and Dodger Stadium are two of my favorite ballparks in baseball. Petco is just a notch below Citizens Bank Park. I’d put Dodger Stadium on par with the Bank, I think. I wasn’t impressed with Dodger Stadium the first time I walked in it, but it really grew on me. But maybe I like it because there’s a solid chance I’ll see fellow MLBlogger Alyssa Milano there. We go way back. And when I say we go way back, I mean I used to watch Who’s the Boss? 

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Manuel Clears the Record

manuel looks on.jpgI joked with Matt Stairs last night that the Phillies should start spending nights in Philadelphia in hotels so they think they’re on the road.

The Phillies are 9-14 at home and 16-6 on the road.

Charlie Manuel addressed his team’s issues at home again after last night’s 6-2 loss to the Marlins. Actually, Manuel addressed something he said Tuesday, which was blown out of proprtion Wednesday.

Manuel met with reporters in his office Tuesday afternoon, when he also addressed his team’s issues at home. Manuel was asked about the fan support, which he said has been great. But he also mentioned how before games, standing behind the batting cage during batting practice, he often hears fans thank his players for last season. He said that is great, but he also does not want to live in the past. He said he wants to win in 2009, too. That is when Manuel said the following about the fans:

“Maybe they should get on us a little.”

Now here’s an important piece of context to that quote: He wasn’t being serious. In fact, he laughed after he said it.

Manuel wasn’t really suggesting the fans need to start booing the Phillies more. He wasn’t suggesting the fans are playing a role in his team’s struggles at home. He cracked a joke. But because it got taken out of context, Manuel felt he had to address it after last night’s game.

He said he was trying to be funny. He said the team’s problems at home have nothing to do with the fans.

Cool?

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Barry Axelrod is the agent for Jake Peavy. He said last night that the Phillies have two of three things going for them in a potential trade: they’re in the National League and they’re a winner. The one strike against them? Geography. Peavy’s family has a home in Southern California. He has three small boys, and they prefer their father remain close to home where they can see him.

“It’s not a controlling factor, but it is a factor,” Axelrod said.

My sense is that Philadelphia simply is too far for Peavy to go, and that even if the Phillies could work a deal with the Padres that Peavy ultimately would veto it.

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Could the Phillies and Peavy Be a Match?


peavy.jpgJake Peavy
told the Padres yesterday that he would not accept a trade to the White Sox.

He wants to play in the National League.

Hey, aren’t the Phillies in the National League? Don’t they need starting pitching?

It got me wondering: Could the Phillies and Peavy be a match?

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined comment.

“We do not discuss trades,” he said.

There are a few reasons Peavy and the Phillies could fit. Of course, there also are a couple BIG (BIG!) reasons they would not.

Let’s first look at the reasons why it isn’t completely crazy to think Peavy could join the Phillies:

  1. Peavy has made it clear he wants to play in the National League. The Phillies can offer him that much, but he might not be as keen on pitching at Citizens Bank Park as he is at Petco Park. But, hey, maybe Cole Hamels could make a call.
  2. The Phillies need starting pitching. Their starters have a combined 6.31 ERA, which is the worst in baseball. That is nearly a full run worse than the Nationals (5.35 ERA), who are second-worst in the NL. Amaro has said the Phillies won’t stand pat if the starting pitching doesn’t improve. He has reasons for that. One of them is this team’s nucleus (Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Brad Lidge, Hamels, etc.) is in its prime. I think if the Phillies have the chance to make a move to put a championship run together, they will try for it. Why not take advantage of the nucleus’ best years while they can?
  3. The Phillies have the talent to make the trade. They were believed to be the runner-up last year for CC Sabathia, but the Indians wanted a power-hitting corner outfielder close to the big leagues, which the Phillies did not have. The White Sox reportedly were prepared to send top pitching prospects Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard and two other Minor League pitchers in the Peavy deal. The Phillies could match that in terms of talent. Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson, Jason Donald, Kyle Drabek, Joe Savery, Michael Taylor and Dominic Brown are top-level prospects that could land somebody like Peavy.
  4. While the Phillies have a franchise-record payroll of more than $130 million, they have sold more than 3 million tickets this season and seem to be in better financial shape than other teams — and thus potentially more able to take Peavy’s contract. Peavy will make $11 million this season, $15 million in 2010, $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012. He has a $22 million club option for 2013.

But here are a couple reasons why all this talk might be wishful thinking:

  1. Peavy has a full no-trade clause, so he has all the power. He doesn’t have to go anywhere he doesn’t want go. Peavy has a home in Southern California, and he likes it there. It is believed he expressed over the winter that he didn’t have interest in pitching for the Red Sox or Yankees, which might mean he doesn’t want to play anywhere on the East Coast (that’s a long way from Southern California, don’t you know). Philly might be in the NL, but it’s a long way from home. That’s a big strike one against it.
  2. Peavy might think pitching in the Bank is too similar to pitching in the AL. Strike two.
  3. Peavy might ask the Phillies to pick up that $22 million option in 2013 to make the trade happen. The Phillies don’t like giving pitchers more than three-year contracts. That would turn Peavy’s deal into three-plus seasons into four-plus seasons. That is a lot of risk for the Phillies. And consider they already have at least $95.5 million committed in payroll next season, and at least $80.5 million committed in payroll in 2011. Tack on Peavy’s deal and that’s a TON of money committed to just a few players over the next couple seasons. That would mean the Phillies would need to rely on some of that top young talent to start producing at the big-league level because the Phillies aren’t going to spend money continuously like the Yankees. But — woops — some of them have been traded to acquire Peavy. Now what? That’s Strike three.

Am I crazy for even bringing it up? (Don’t answer that.) But it’s at least fun to think about.

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