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The Philadelphia Phillies have seven free agents heading into the winter

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were the GM by chinmusic on Friday 29 October 2010 at 4:50 pm

The Phillies have seven free agents heading into this winter. This is how I see things shaking out with these players:

Jamie Moyer: 47-year old lefty starting pitcher Jamie Moyer started 19 games for the Phillies last season and he was 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. His season ended with injury. VERDICT: The Phillies should thank Moyer for the decent years that he gave them and then let him walk.

J.C. Romero: 34-year old lefty reliever J.C. Romero pitched in 60 games out of the pen for the Phillies last season and he was 1-0 with 3 saves, a 3.68 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. The Phillies already have declined his option for 2011. VERDICT: The Phillies will let him walk.

Jose Contreras: 38-year old righty reliever Jose Contreras pitched in 67 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 6-4 with 4 saves, a 3.34 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He was really tough in his first year as a full time reliever. VERDICT: The Phillies should give him a raise and bring him back.

Chad Durbin: 32-year old righty reliever Chad Durbin pitched in 64 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 4-1 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. VERDICT: Like Contreras, I would give Durbin a raise and try to bring him back.

Mike Sweeney: 37-year old righty swinging 1B Mike Sweeney played in 26 games for the Phillies last season and he was 12 of 52 (.231 avg, .695 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Sweeney played in 56 games for the Phillies & Mariners last season and he was 38 of 151 (.252 avg, .765 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 8 homers, 26 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. VERDICT: Bringing back Sweeney on a minor league deal might be a good idea because he can still hit.

Jayson Werth: 31-year old righty swinging RF Jayson Werth played in 156 games for the Phillies last season and he was 164 of 554 (.296 avg, .920 OPS) with 106 runs scored, 27 homers, 85 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Werth is the second best outfielder on the free agent market behind only Carl Crawford of the Rays. VERDICT: The Phillies decide not to ante up and they let Werth leave.

Jimmy Rollins: 31-year old switch hitting shortstop Jimmy Rollins played in only 88 games for the Phillies last season and he was 85 of 350 (.243 avg, .694 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 8 homers, 41 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. The Phillies have a club option for the 2011 season on Rollins. VERDICT: I see the Phillies picking up Rollins’ option and then praying that he can stay healthy.

Paul Hoover rejects a minor league assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 28 October 2010 at 9:22 pm

34-year old righty swinging catcher has decided to test the free agent market. He played in 9 games for the Phillies last season and he was 5 for 22 (.227 avg, .638 OPS) with 6 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Hoover played in 12 games over 2 years with the Phillies and he was 8 for 26 (.308 avg, .764 OPS) with 6 runs scored and 3 RBIs. I don’t blame Hoover for looking around and it’s still possible that the Phillies could bring him back on a minor league deal.

Jamie Moyer decides to test free agency instead of staying with the Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 28 October 2010 at 9:19 pm

47-year old lefty starting pitcher Jamie Moyer has elected to become a free agent, likely ending his time with the Phillies. Moyer started 19 games for the Phillies this year before injuring himself. He was 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP last season. Moyer pitched in 123 games (118 starts) in his five years with the Phillies and he is 56-40 with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. I wouldn’t count Moyer out as far as pitching effectively goes as he was solid for the Phillies this year.

Greg Dobbs decides to leave the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 28 October 2010 at 9:16 pm

32-year old lefty swinging 3B/1B Greg Dobbs has decided to become a free agent. Dobbs played in 88 games for the Phillies last season and he was 32 of 163 (.196 avg, .583 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 5 homers, 15 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 455 games in four years with the Phillies and he is 226 of 867 (.261 avg, .737 OPS) with 103 runs scored, 29 homers, 130 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Dobbs will likely hook on with another team over the winter but the Phillies will likely sign player better than him to work off the bench.

The Philadelphia Phillies decline 2011 option on J.C. Romero

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 27 October 2010 at 1:46 pm

The Phillies have declined a 2011 option on 34-year old lefty reliever J.C. Romero valued at $4.5 million bucks. Romero pitched in 60 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last seasosn and he was 1-0 with 3 saves, a 3.68 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. He has pitched in 213 games (0 starts) in his four years with the Phillies and he is 6-6 with 4 saves, a 2.60 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Phillies try to re-sign Romero for a much lower base salary in 2011.

Game #6: San Francisco Giants 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 23 October 2010 at 11:57 pm

This was a very tough loss for the Phillies as it ended their season. Roy Oswalt pitched the first six innings of this game and he gave up 9 hits and 2 runs (1 earned) while walking none and whiffing 5 batters. Ryan Madson worked 2 innings and he gave up 1 run as Juan Uribe hit a solid homer off him in the 8th inning. Madson was the losing pitcher for the Phillies. Brad Lidge pulled a high wire act working a scoreless ninth inning allowing 2 hits while also walking a batter while whiffing 2. Ryan Howard was 2 for 5 with a double but he was whiffed looking by Brian Wilson for the last out of the Phillies’ season with two guys on base. Shane Victorino (2 for 4), Raul Ibanez (2 for 4 with a double) and Chase Utley (1 for 3 with 1 run scored, a double and 1 RBI) also helped out on offense. The Phillies lose this series 4-2 as the season ends for them.

Game #5: Philadelphia Phillies 4, San Francisco Giants 2

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Friday 22 October 2010 at 8:50 am

The Phillies got timely hitting and good pitching to prevail last night and extend the series as it comes back to Philly. Roy Halladay earned the win in this game by pitching six solid innings allowing 6 hits and 2 earned runs while walking 2 batters and whiffing 5. Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero combined to work a scoreless 7th inning. Ryan Madson was flat out dominating in this game as he worked a scoreless 8th inning whiffing all three batters that he faced. Brad Lidge worked a scoreless 9th inning allowing no baserunners or runs to earn the save. Jayson Werth was 1 for 4 with a solo homer in the top of the ninth inning to give Brad Lidge some breathing room. Placido Polanco was 1 for 3 with a RBI as he had a solid game. Chase Utley (1 for 4 with a SB) and Jimmy Rollins (1 for 4 with 2 SBs) also had decent games for the Phillies last night. The Phillies are down 3-2 in this series as they come home to Philly for Game #6 tomorrow.

Game #4: San Francisco Giants 6, Philadelphia Phillies 5

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 21 October 2010 at 12:21 pm

The Giants were just too much for the Phillies last night. The Phillies didn’t get much out of starting pitcher Joe Blanton last night as he worked the first 4 2/3 innings allowing 5 hits and 3 earned runs. Jose Contreras then came in and got Blanton out of trouble by whiffing the only batter he faced. Chad Durbin brought in his gas can allowing 2 hits, 2 earned runs and he walked 2 batters in only 1 inning of work. Antonio Bastardo pitched 1/3 of a scoreless inning and Ryan Madson followed him by pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings keeping the Giants & Phillies all tied up. Roy Oswalt came in at the start of the 9th inning and he was the losing pitcher. He pitched 2/3 of an inning allowing 2 hits and 1 earned run. Placido Polanco led the way with the bats for the Phillies in this game as he was 2 for 3 with 1 run scored, 1 double and 2 RBIs. Shane Victorino (1 for 4 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI) and Jayson Werth (1 for 3 with a double and a RBI) also pitched in offensively for the Phillies last night. The Phillies are now down 3-1 in this series with Game #5 tonight in San Francisco.

Game #3: San Francisco Giants 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 20 October 2010 at 2:36 pm

The Phillies could only muster 3 hits yesterday against Matt Cain, Javier Lopez and Brian Wilson and that just wasn’t near enough to win the game. Ryan Howard (1 for 4), Jimmy Rollins (1 for 4) and Carlos Ruiz (1 for 2) were the extent of the Phillies’ offense yesterday. Cole Hamels was solid working the first six innings yesterday allowing 5 hits and 3 earned runs while walking 1 batter and whiffing 8. He was the losing pitcher. Jose Contreras did a good job of keeping the game close as he worked 2 shutout innings to close the game for the Phillies. The Phillies are down 2-1 in this series with Game #4 tonight.

Game #2: Philadelphia Phillies 6, San Francisco Giants 1

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 18 October 2010 at 9:47 am

Great pitching and timely hitting got the Phillies back on track last night. Roy Oswalt was amazing as he worked the first 8 innings of this game allowing only 3 hits and 1 earned run while walking 3 batters and whiffing 9. He was the winning pitcher and he even helped himself with the bat as he was 1 for 3 with 1 run scored. Ryan Madson worked a scoreless 9th inning to finish things out for the Phillies. Jimmy Rollins was the star of the game with the bat for the Phillies as he was 2 for 3 with a double and 4 RBIs. Placido Polanco also had a very productive game as he was 1 for 3 with 1 run scored, 2 RBIs and a stolen base. Shane Victorino (2 for 4 with a double and a run scored) and Ryan Howard (2 for 3 with a double) also pitched in with the bat for the Phillies last night. The Phillies have tied up the series at 1 game apiece with the Giants as the series shifts to San Francisco.

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