It’s time for the Philadelphia Phillies to let Ryan Howard go

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM by joelapinski on Friday 29 July 2016 at 9:27 am

It’s time for the Philadelphia Phillies to pull the plug on 36-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard.  I know that he is a Phillies’ legend, but enough is enough.  He is in the final year of a 5-year, $125 million deal.  They aren’t going to bring him back next year, so why let him take ABs away from 25-year old righty swinging Tommy Joseph?  Howard has played in 76 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 36 of 220 (.164 avg, .594 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 14 homers and 30 RBIs.  He has also whiffed 78 times against 17 walks so far this year for the Phillies.  It almost hurts to watch him play right now, as is a shell of his former self.  Joseph has played in 57 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 50 for 191 (.262 avg, .818 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 14 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has whiffed 47 times so far this year against only 9 walks.  The Phillies are a rebuilding team, so why not see what Joseph can do while playing everyday at 1B for the rest of the season.  I would release Ryan Howard, pronto!

The Philadelphia Phillies are going to make some moves this month

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM by joelapinski on Friday 8 July 2016 at 9:23 am

The Philadelphia Phillies are 40-47 on the season, which has them in 4th place in the N.L. East, 11 games behind the Nationals.  They are also 7.5 games behind the Dodgers for the second wild card spot.  The Phillies have played much better than expected so far this year, so if I were in charge, I wouldn’t dismantle the whole thing like they did last year.  I think the Peter Bourjos, Andres Blanco, Jeremy Hellickson and David Hernandez would be the players I would move at the trade deadline.  No need to rush to make a deal, as there is still 23 days to go before the non-waiver trade deadline.  Hellickson is the best trade chip the Phillies have, as starting pitching is pretty scarce on the trade market right now.  The Orioles, Red Sox, Tigers, Royals, White Sox, Rangers, Mariners, Mets, Marlins, Pirates and Dodgers will all be interested in him.  The Marlins just traded a very legit prospect to the Padres for Fernando Rodney, so they would likely be the first team I called.  Righty reliever David Hernandez should appeal to teams like the Tigers, Mariners and Cardinals….who all are in need of righty relief help.  Outfielder Peter Bourjos would be a backup outfielder on a good team, but he is hot with the bat right now.  There would be no better time to trade him than right now.  The Blue Jays, White Sox, Astros and Nationals would all likely have a lot of interest in him right now.  Andres Blanco will would only bring back a minor return in a deal by himself, but he could be a sweetener added to a deal involving Hellickson, Hernandez or Bourjos.  The Red Sox, White Sox, Astros and Nationals would likely have some interest in him.  Finally, I would give catcher Carlos Ruiz and 1B Ryan Howard until the end of the month to start hitting, as likely have no interest in the trade market.  If they continue to struggle with the bat, I release them both on August 1st.

The Philadelphia Phillies could be buyers and sellers at the same time

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM by joelapinski on Thursday 18 July 2013 at 1:59 pm

The Phillies could be buyers and sellers at the same time later this month.  They really could use an influx of relief help and they could also use a CF.  I could see the Phillies trying to deal Phillipe Aumont and Tyler Cloyd to the White Sox for Alejandro DeAza and Matt Lindstrom.  That would give them a solid leadoff hitter with some pop and a strong arm for the pen.  I could then see the Phillies swapping Michael Young to the Yankees for Joba Chamberlain.  Kevin Frandsen would take over for Young at 3B and Chamberlain would give them another big arm for the pen.  The Phillies might even deal Carlos Ruiz, as Erik Kratz has outplayed him so far this year.  The Rays would probably give them Jose Molina, Ryan Roberts and Cesar Ramos for him.  Buying and selling at the same time could result in the Phillies being a better team in the second half of the 2013 season.

The Philadelphia Phillies are likely to make some deals next month

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM by joelapinski on Monday 24 June 2013 at 12:09 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies are now 36-40 (47.4%) on the season, which has them in 3rd place in the N.L. East, 7.5 games behind the Braves.  They are also 8.5 games back in the Wild Card race.  If the Phillies don’t get hot soon, they are going to have to consider rebuilding on the run.  Phillies’ GM Ruben Amaro wants to keep the pitching together, so I don’t think he would deal Cliff Lee or Jonathan Papelbon unless he is made an offer that he can’t refuse.  The Phillies could put up the whole starting infield for grabs.  Due to Ryan Howard’s contract, I would be stunned if another team made a legit offer for him.  But, Chase Utley (Orioles, Royals and A’s), Jimmy Rollins (Cardinals and Pirates) and Michael Young (Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers) will likely garner a lot of interest on the trade market.  John Mayberry, Delmon Young, Laynce Nix and Kevin Frandsen could also be made available by the Phillies next month if they don’t make a run soon.

Are the Philadelphia Phillies really going to become sellers?

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM by chinmusic on Friday 27 July 2012 at 6:31 pm

The Phillies are in last place in the N.L. East right now and things don’t look to get much better any time soon. Unless they sweep the Braves this weekend, I think they are going to be sellers at the trade deadline. Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino would probably spawn widespread interest, giving the Phillies likely a very solid return. Mike Fontenot, Ty Wigginton, Juan Pierre, Laynce Nix and Joe Blanton wold also likely garner interest from other teams. Like I said though, it all depends on how well or badly the Phillies play this weekend. Stay tuned.

The Philadelphia Phillies need bullpen help badly

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM by chinmusic on Thursday 28 June 2012 at 5:04 pm

The Phillies need bullpen help really badly. The Phillies are 36-42 on the season, which has them in last place in the N.L. East….9.5 games behind the Nationals. The Phillies will likely be targeting both pitchers that can set-up Jonathan Papelbon (Matt Capps, Brandon League and Grant Balfour. They also will likely be targeting righties like Brandon Lyon, Shawn Camp and Matt Belisle as they need help up and down the pen from the right side. With Chase Utley back and Ryan Howard on rehab, the Phillies aren’t ready to become sellers….but they can’t afford to wait too much longer to add bullpen help.

Here is a trio of free agents I would go after if I were running the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM by chinmusic on Monday 21 November 2011 at 4:39 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies don’t need a lot after already bringing Ty Wigginton, Jim Thome and Jonathan Papelbon into the fold. But, these are three free agents that I would bring in if I were running the team:

1. Rafael Furcal – Righty swinging shortstop Rafael Furcal would be a solid replacement if Jimmy Rollins decides to leave the Phillies (which is a distinct possibility). A healthy Furcal is essentially a cheaper version of Jimmy Rollins.

2. Reed Johnson – The Phillies could use a guy like outfielder Reed Johnson off the bench. He can handle all three outfield slots defensively and he’s a good hitter off the bench. Don’t forget that he likes to get dirty, so he would fit right in on the Phillies.

3. Joel Peralta – The Phillies are rebuilding the bullpen and Peralta would be a nice set-up man for Jonathan Papelbon.

The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to add some pieces for another World Series run

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Monday 25 July 2011 at 11:50 am

The Phillies are looking to try to make some moves to fortify the roster for another World Series run. They want another outfielder and are currently talking trade with the Rays about B.J. Upton. He won’t come cheap. If the price is too high for Upton, look for the Phillies to go after guys like Melky Cabrera, David DeJesus, Coco Crisp, Corey Patterson, Ryan Sweeney, Juan Rivera and Chris Denorfia. The Phillies could also use a utility infielder who can handle 3B. Adam Kennedy, Blake DeWitt, Aaron Miles, Jamey Carroll, Mike Aviles and Jeff Baker each fit the bill. A lefty reliever would be nice for the Phillies to add with Will Ohman and Craig Breslow at the top of their list. Jason Frasor, Michael Wuertz and Matt Lindstrom are some hard throwing righty relievers that are likely on the Phillies’ radar right now. The Phillies have never been shy at the trade deadline so look for something to go down before this Sunday’s trade deadline.

The Philadelphia Phillies need to add some bullpen and bench help this month

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM by chinmusic on Saturday 2 July 2011 at 8:08 am

I don’t see the Phillies needing to make any major moves but I can see them making a few minor trades to really stengthen the team the rest of the way. First off, the Phillies should call up the bankrupt Dodgers and offer to take some salary off the books. Infielder Aaron Miles and righty reliever Matt Guerrier would come to the Phillies for young rookie lefty swinging 1B Matt Rizzotti. I would also offer outfielder John Mayberry (his dad played with the Royals) to the Royals for outfielder Mitch Maier. Righty reliever Chad Qualls also would be appealing to the Phillies and I think the Padres would be happy to deal him for righty relievers Drew Carpenter and David Herndon. Finally, the Phillies should offer righty reliever Scott Mathieson to the A’s for lefty reliever Jeremy Blevins. If the Phillies pulled these deals off, I don’t see any team that could challenge them for the World Series.

The Philadelphia Phillies really don’t need much help heading near the trade deadline

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM by chinmusic on Wednesday 15 June 2011 at 10:33 am

The Phillies, barring injuries, will likely be only looking to make minor deals to help the bench as the trade deadline looms. I would think that guys like Jorge Cantu, Conor Jackson, Jerry Hairston, Adam Kennedy, Jeff Keppinger, Aaron Miles and Jamey Carroll would be infielders that might appeal to the Phillies. Matt Diaz, Chris Denorfia, Mitch Maier, Felix Pie, Scott Hairston or Ryan Sweeney would also be of some interest to the Phillies. The Phillies won’t have to give up much to get any of these players from their current teams. All of those players mentioned are going to be available for the right price and the Phillies should be in on all of them next month.

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