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The Oswalt Trade

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Roy Oswalt makes his Phillies debut tonight.

A few thoughts about the trade:

  • It looks like a favorable one for the Phillies, doesn’t it? They get Oswalt through 2011, possibly 2012. They get $11 million to help pay the remaining $23 million on his contract. They did not have to trade Domonic Brown, Jonathan Singleton or Jared Cosart — who Baseball America considers three of the top 50 prospects in baseball.
  • Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Oswalt would be a scary rotation in the postseason, wouldn’t it?
  • Ruben Amaro Jr. redeemed himself for the Cliff Lee trade, although it remains a mistake. Since I’ve been covering the Phillies, I’ve heard Ed Wade, Pat Gillick and Amaro say one thing over and over and over again: You can never have too much pitching. The Phillies never should have traded Lee, but now they have Oswalt at an affordable price for one-plus seasons. That is a nice bounce back.
  • The Phillies said they are confident they are getting a healthy pitcher in Oswalt, who has had a history of back issues. (Those issues have required cortisone injections.) The Phillies should hope so. They also thought they were getting a healthy pitcher in Freddy Garcia, who won just one game for the Phillies in 2007 because of shoulder problems.
  • The Phillies have 16 players under contract next season for $145 million. I’m guessing that means the end of Jayson Werth‘s time in Philadelphia, and any thoughts the Phillies had about bringing back Lee in the offseason. (Lee would like to come back to Philly, for what it’s worth.)
  • The Phillies lose a tremendous guy in J.A. Happ, who always treated me with respect. It’s not easy when you’re an athlete and you’re asked the same questions over and over and over again – especially when some of those questions are questions you don’t like. But Happ never made you feel like less of a person. He seemed to get that we were doing our jobs. I wish him luck in Houston.
  • The Phillies liked outfielder Anthony Gose, who Baseball America ranked sixth in the organization late last year. He’s got a lot of talent. And he’s young. Just like Jonathan Villar. It will be interesting to see how they develop. But take a look at trades the Phillies have made in recent seasons. Not many of those prospects have come back to haunt them. Why? Because the Phillies know their prospects better than anybody (just like some might say the Mariners knew Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies and J.C. Ramirez better than anybody).

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Sounds like there will be plenty of Phillies fans tonight in DC.

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Fourteen Players Re-Assigned to Minor League Camp

The Phillies re-assigned 14 players to Minor League camp today:

Pitchers: Phillippe Aumont, Yohan Flande, Scott Mathieson, Drew Naylor, J.C. Ramirez, Jesus Sanchez, Joe Savery and Bill White.

Catchers: Tuffy Gosewisch, Kevin Nelson and John Suomi.

Infielders: Freddy Galvis.

Outfielders: Quintin Berry and Tyson Gillies.

Some people thought Mathieson might have a chance to win a job in the bullpen, but Ruben Amaro Jr., Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee stressed early in camp that Mathieson needed innings, and needed to work on his secondary pitches. He’ll get that opportunity in the Minors. But I still think the Phillies could have Mathieson on their roster this season, if he shows enough improvement. They still love his arm.

Aumont, Gillies and Ramirez came to the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade, but none of them had any illusions about making the club. Aumont heads to Minor League camp working on a new/old delivery. Gillies heads to Minor League camp trying to slow things down at the plate.

“I’m leaving on a good note,” Aumont said. “I got some experience. I’ll go down there, get that pitch count up and get my arm ready for the season. I’m actually excited about it. It was all at once (the new delivery). It was kind of shaky a little bit at the beginning, but I guess that’s why the Minor Leagues are there.”

“It was a great experience for me,” Gillies said. “Being able to see the way these superstars go about their business was really exciting, watching how they prepare every day, seeing their daily routines. I learned the things I need to be successful, and where consistency starts. Charlie told me the things I need to work on, slowing things down. Slower. Slower when I’m hitting. He wants me to be slow with the feet, and quick with the hands. Basically just stay back a little bit more. Keep my hands and everything back and try not to lunge at everything. Let the ball come to me.”

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Brown, Gillies, Ramirez and Bastardo …

The Blue Jays spanked the Phillies today at Dunedin Stadium, 14-9, but a few Phillies prospects made their mark:

– Domonic Brown, the organization’s top prospect, went 2 for 4 with one double and two RBIs. He also threw out a runner at the plate in the sixth inning. Brown tried to stretch his double into a triple in the seventh, but was thrown out after a head first slide.

“I made a couple adjustments early on after my first couple at-bats,” Brown said. “I was trying to do too much. Just settled down after the second at-bat, got some pitches to hit and luckily drove a couple. I feel pretty good. … It’s great for me. If I can hit here (against big league pitching) I should be able to hit anywhere. It’s great competition. It’s hard work, man. I’m tired.”

Brown said he would not have tried to stretch his double into a triple during the regular season, but he thought he would be aggressive.

“I was trying to test it out,” he said.

Tyson Gillies hit a solo homer to right field in the sixth inning. He literally sprinted around the bases.

“Oh, man,” Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. “Wow. He was in the B game today (at Bright House Field). Throwing, he can throw, too. He’s got a good arm. A good looking player. A very good looking player. I like him a lot. … He’s got a lean, too. That means he can really get around those bases. He’s leaning the right way. Inside lean. That’ll get you around there quick.”

Gillies is becoming known in camp for his high motor. He’s always running somewhere, which is why Manuel memorably said that Gillies “takes shagging to another level.” Does Gillies do anything slow?

“That’s a question that everybody asks me,” Gillies said. “I try. Honestly, I try to slow things down. The last few days of hitting that was something that was really getting me down, being too quick. Wanting everything now and being impatient. Trying to slow things down and knowing when I should use my speed.”

So home trots are a time to use his speed?

“Oh, yeah,” he said. “I’m not going to hit a lot of home runs, so I’m not going to do the whole slow pace around them. Quickly score the run and move forward.”

J.C. Ramirez, who joined Gillies and Phillippe Aumont in the Cliff Lee trade, allowed four hits, five runs (four earned runs) and three walks in just 1 1/3 innings. “His command was off,” Charlie Manuel said. “He was a little wild. He’ll get more work. We’ll see.”

Antonio Bastardo struck out two in a perfect eighth inning. “Bastardo pitched a good clean inning,” Manuel said. “He threw some good pitches. He threw a good fastball and threw a couple good breaking balls. He had a good inning.”

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Relax, Phillippe

Phillippe Aumont looked like a guy with a lot on his mind tonight at Bright House Field.

He allowed two hits, five runs, three walks, one home run and one wild pitch in just 2/3 inning in an exhibition game over Florida State at Bright House Field. Aumont acknowledged afterward that he was trying hard to make a good first impression with the organization that thought enough of him that they requested him from Seattle in the Cliff Lee trade.

“It’s the first one,” Aumont said. “I can’t do worse than that, so we’re just going to have to build on that, make a joke out of it and move on. Obviously it didn’t turn out how people wanted, fans, me and everybody else.”

The Phillies are making Aumont a starter this season, and after spending last season in the Mariners organization as a reliever he is working on pitching out of the windup again. He said he is still trying to get comfortable with that.

“I went out there with a bunch of new guys behind me,” he said. “You want to get that first impression out there. And you have that small pressure that’s behind you that you got traded for Cliff Lee. You want to do good. You don’t want to disappoint, especially the fans. Fans are a big part in this. If I look at me right now, this is over. But I want to do good, just give the fans some support.”

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More Non-Roster Invitees to Spring Training

The Phillies announced today they had invited 13 more non-roster invitees to Spring Training:

  • Phillippe Aumont, RHP. Acquired in the Cliff Lee trade, Aumont split last season between Single-A High Desert and Double-A West Tennessee, where he went a combined 2-6 with a 3.88 ERA, 16 saves and 59 strikeouts in 51 innings (44 games).
  • Domonic Brown, OF. The organization’s top prospect. 
  • Ozzie Chavez, INF. He hit .259 with 34 RBIs last season with Double-A Reading.
  • Freddy Galvis, SS. Galvis hit .247 with 15 RBIs in 63 games at Single-A Clearwater. He missed time in May because of a fractured right ring finger. He finished the season with Reading.
  • Tyson Gillies, OF. Gillies also arrived from Seattle in the Lee trade. He hit .341 with 50 extra-base hits and 42 RBIs in 124 games for High Desert. He led all Mariners Minor Leaguers with 44 stolen bases.
  • Tuffy Gosewisch, C. He hit .235 with 21 RBIs in 76 games with Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
  • Kevin Nelson, C. Nelson spent most of last season with Reading. He set career highs in games (53), hits (40), home runs (9) and RBIs (27).
  • B.J. Rosenberg, RHP. He pitched for Single-A Lakewood and Reading. He went 7-2 with a 0.89 ERA and 19 saves in 37 appearances for Lakewood, earning South Atlantic League All-Star honors.
  • Dane Sardinha, C. Split last season between Triple-A Toledo and the Detroit Tigers. He hit .097 with three RBIs in 12 games for the Tigers.
  • Joe Savery, LHP. The Phillies’ first-round pick in 2007 went 16-6 with a 4.40 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) with Reading and Lehigh Valley.
  • John Suomi, C. Spent last season in Kansas City’s Minor League system. In 60 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha, he hit .246 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs.
  • Ryan Vogelsong, RHP. Vogelsong, 32, has not pitched professionally in the United States since 2006. He spent the past three years pitching in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers (2007-08) and Orix Buffaloes (2009).
  • Ehren Wasserman, RHP. He went 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 43 appearances last season with Triple-A Charlotte. In the big leagues, he is 2-3 with a 5.06 ERA in 57 games with the White Sox (2007-08).

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Looper Talks Prospects

aumont.jpgGot a chance to speak with Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper about the three prospects the Mariners sent the Phillies for Cliff Lee: pitchers Phillippe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez and outfielder Tyson Gillies.

Looper, who said they’re all likely to start the season in Double-A Reading, had some familiarity with them because he worked in Seattle through the 2008 season, but he also said the Phillies scouted these three prospects pretty thoroughly.

Here is what he said:

On Aumont. “He signed as a starter. He’s a big 6-foot-7 right-hander that has got a very good arm. We had him up to 97 mph in the (Arizona) Fall League with very good sink. They moved him to the pen. I think they thought that was his quickest way to the Major Leagues. Fastball, slider and he’s now throwing a split. I thought he was a starter all along, but maybe a reliever is where he belongs. But that’s an internal discussion we’ll have.”

On Ramirez: “He’s a 6-foot-3, big, strong right-hander with very good arm action and delivery. I looked at an old report. In ’08 I had him at 90 to 96 mph. Good arm. Good slider. I really liked his arm action and delivery and body.”

On Gillies: “He’s a strong tool, above average run and throw. A high energy guy that gets on base and steals bases.”

On comparing Aumont’s potential to Kyle Drabek. “I don’t like comparing players. We do often when we’re sitting around talking to players, but he’s what we would classify as a good prospect. And that’s where we had Kyle at — a good prospect. We didn’t want to give up Kyle, but the two pitchers we got we like them a lot, too.”

On Domonic Brown’s presence making it easier to trade Michael Taylor. “In looking at our prospects, we probably have more outfielders than we do anywhere else. Whether it be Michael or Brown or (Anthony) Gose. We didn’t want to give up any of them, but we felt like giving up one outfielder we still had some guys that we liked that we think will be Major League players in the outfield.”

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Halladay, Phillies Agree to Extension

It’s getting closer.

Roy Halladay could be putting on a Phillies uniform as early as tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies and Halladay have agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $60 million or more, which would keep him in red pinstripes through the 2013 season, sources said. Halladay is taking his physical Tuesday and could be announced at a news conference Wednesday.

The Blue Jays would send Halladay and $6 million to the Phillies for prospects Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor and Travis d’Arnaud. The Phillies also would send Cliff Lee to the Mariners for prospects Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies and J.C. Ramirez. ESPN.com reported that the Blue Jays will send Taylor to Oakland for Brett Wallace.

The Phillies got one of the best pitchers in baseball in Halladay. They also restocked their farm system by dealing Lee.

But that was not the only reason the Phillies traded Lee, who they acquired in July for four prospects. They also needed salary relief as their payroll approached $140 million. Lee will make $9 million next season. Add that to the $6 million the Blue Jays are sending to the Phillies for Halladay, who makes $15.75 million, and the Phillies’ payroll jumps only $750,000.

First baseman/outfielder Ross Gload also is taking his physical Tuesday. The Phillies agreed to a two-year contract with him last week.

Once the deals for Halladay, Lee and Gload are finalized, the Phillies are expected to continue their pursuit for bullpen help. Their top two targets are believed to be Fernando Rodney and John Smoltz.

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Roy, Cliff, Kyle and the Rest

Thumbnail image for halladay 04.jpgIf the Phillies and Roy Halladay can agree to a contract extension, here is what we believe could happen before the end of the week:

– The Blue Jays will send Halladay and a reported $6 million to the Phillies.

– The Phillies will send Cliff Lee to the Mariners, and a package to the Blue Jays that sources said includes right-hander Kyle Drabek, outfielder Michael Taylor and catcher Travis d’Arnaud.

– The Mariners will send at least two prospects to the Phillies. One of them is expected to be right-hander Phillippe Aumont.

OK, thoughts?

Here are two things that Phillies fans should like: Halladay is a stud, a step above almost everybody in baseball. Lee pitched great in the postseason, but Halladay’s body of work pitching in the American League East is second to none. Halladay also will be in a Phillies uniform beyond 2010. The Phillies clearly felt Lee would not have been. So you guarantee yourself a stud pitcher atop your rotation for a few more years, rather than losing Lee after the season.

But they also could have kept both. If the Mariners are not sending prospects to Toronto, it means these are two totally separate trades. Essentially, the Phillies did not have to trade Lee to acquire Halladay. Of course, there is the issue of payroll. Lee is making $9 million next season, so this provides the Phillies salary relief. But Joe Blanton could make $7 million or more next season. I can’t imagine the Phillies are trading Lee over Blanton to save themselves roughly $2 million. No, it looks to me like the Phillies want Seattle’s prospects to restock their farm system. But is it worth it? Having Halladay and Lee in the same rotation is no guarantee of a World Series championship, but it sure puts them in excellent position to try.

So go for broke next year knowing the farm system is depleted, or upgrade the rotation with Halladay and hope the prospects from the Mariners soften the blow of losing Drabek, Taylor and d’Arnaud down the road?

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