TJ McNulty University of Pennsylvania '14
I respectfully disagree with this analysis. Calling up prospects because the major league team is bad is short sighted. Why bring up JP Crawford, when he hasn’t played more than 30 games in AA? He is working on refining his defense and hitting against left handed pitchers. He can continue to do this in the low pressure environment of the minor leagues and further refine his skills. What gain is there for the Phillies? They aren’t going to the playoffs this year or next. There is no reason to expose JP Crawford to the Majors before they are absolutely certain he is ready.
Additionally, why move Maikel Franco over to 1B? It is a lesser defensive position. Why not leave him at third for the remainder of the season to evaluate him defensively at a more difficult and important position? Howard, who is decidedly a below average major league 1B, is not blocking playing time for anyone who will be on the next contending Phillies team.
The Phillies rotation is a mess, and calling up Nola will be exciting for fans. Calling up Tom Windle, Jesse Biddle, and Zach Eflin before they are ready also could compromise their development. Windle is struggling with his command and was recently moved to the bullpen. He needs to straighten this out before he can become a realistic major league option. Jesse Biddle was just recently promoted to AAA and should spend some time there refining his command. Zach Eflin is only 20 years old and still needs to develop his slider to become more effective. There is no reason these three should be doing these things in Philadelphia. The reason Jerome Williams, Aaron Harang, and Chad Billingsley are in the rotation is to allow these prospects time to develop.
Patience is needed in this situation. After all, it took years of poor drafting and trading prospects to get the Phillies to this position. It will take them years to get out of this position. By the end of 2016, JP Crawford, Roman Quinn, Aaron Altherr, Jesse Biddle, Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, and Tom Windle should arrive in Philadelphia. The Phillies young players are getting closer, but let them arrive at their own pace.
in The Phillies Called Up Aaron Nola, But They Shouldn’t Stop There
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The Nats are the clear winner of this trade. Souza was blocked in Washington with Werth, Span, and Harper manning the outfield. They turned Souza into an interesting starting pitching prospect and potentially a long term replacement for Ian Desmond.
The Rays have replaced Wil Myers with a player who can probably produce 90 percent of the value Myers brings to the team. In addition, they have upgraded at catcher and acquired some prospects. Certainly a defensible trade.
The Padres are gambling on Wil Myers upside. Myers was a top prospect not long ago and had an excellent showing in the 2013 season. 2014 was a disappointment for Myers as he was plagued by injury and a lack of production. Additionally, trading Rivera clears the way for top prospect Austin Hedges to take over at catcher. While the Padres did trade two former first round draft picks, neither ranks among the top four prospects in the Padres system. This is a gamble worth taking.
in San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays Make Blockbuster Trade Involving Wil Myers
12/17/14, 9:34 PM
As a Phillies fan there are so many good memories of Jimmy Rollins. His team to beat statement in 2007. Backing up his statement with a 20 double, 20 triple, 20 home run, 20 steal MVP season. A 2008 World Series championship. A walk off game winning triple in the 2009 NLCS. 102 win season in 2011. Rollins was a key cog in the golden era of Phillies baseball from 2007-2011. He is the franchise’s all time hits leader and unquestionably the best short stop in franchise history. He will be missed. Best of luck in Los Angeles.
in Los Angeles Dodgers Acquire Jimmy Rollins
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The White Sox are all in for next year. The team has made solid additions in Robertson, Samardzija, LaRoche, and Zach Duke. Additionally, Carlos Rodon and Micah Johnson should arrive in the big leagues at some point in 2015. Add these players to the existing core of Jose Abreu, Chris Sale, Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton, Jose Quintana, and Alexei Ramirez and the White Sox should contend next year.
in SQ’s MLB Winter Meeting Central
12/9/14, 12:30 PM
Joe Wendle is a second baseman who reached AA this past season. He has a career .292/.357/.471 slash line in the minor leagues. MLB.com ranked him as the 9th best Cleveland Indians prospect in its most recent prospect ratings.
The Indians acquire a power left-handed bat in Brandon Moss, who is coming off hip surgery and has two years of arbitration years left.
The A’s are trying to replenish their farm system, which was weakened significantly by the Jeff Samardzija trade this past summer. The Indians are getting more aggressive and attempting to augment the team’s offense with the goal of making it back to the playoffs. Joe Wendle’s development will determine the long-term winner of this trade.
While this return may seem light for Brandon Moss, he is coming off a fairly significant hip surgery. This health concern is legitimate. Also Moss will make somewhere in the range of 16-20 million the next two years depending on his performance this upcoming year. So Moss will become more expensive and has some red flags even though he is a 31 year old who has .504 slugging percentage the last three years.
in Athletics and Indians Agree to Moss Trade
12/8/14, 12:34 PM
This is a change of scenery trade for Saunders. If he can stay healthy, he should be able to put up respectable numbers for the Blue Jays and patrol left field everyday.
For the Mariners, this move seems like a precursor to another move. As everyone said above, Happ is a back end starting pitcher. The Mariners now have the ability to trade Taijuan Walker or James Paxton. Also today, the Braves signed Nick Markakis, which seems to indicate that Justin Upton will be traded shortly. Could a Taijuan Walker for Justin Upton trade be coming?
in Blue Jays-Mariners Swap Happ, Saunders
12/3/14, 10:20 PM
I don’t understand this move at all for the Braves. Markakis has had a good career thus far, but the Braves aren’t paying him for what he has done; they are paying him for what he will do in his age 31-34 year old seasons. Markakis’ slugging percentage has dropped in recent years and it would surprising if he regained his early career form. Also, advanced defensive metrics do not favor his defense even though he won the gold glove award.
For the Braves, the start to the off-season has been curious. Trading Heyward without publicly making him available and having a bidding war was a head scratching move. Also, Jim Johnson appears to be washed up as his walk rate was nearly double his career average this past year.
It also seems that the Braves will trade Justin Upton in the near future. While John Hart has been active, it remains to be seen if these are the correct actions. The opinion here is that they are not. The Braves roster that he inherited won 96 games in 2013. Why not try to win and if it doesn’t work blow it up at the trade deadline? The Braves have put too much stock in the future and not enough in the present.
in Report: Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves Agree To Four-Year Deal
12/3/14, 10:12 PM
Rose is under contract for two more seasons after the current one is over. It would make no sense for the Bulls to trade Derrick Rose for 25 to 50 cents on the dollar.
Also, Joakim Noah will turn 30 in February and Pau Gasol is already 34. The Bulls don’t have time to draft or trade for a young point guard. The Bulls time to win is right now.
Lastly, were Rose’s comments dumb and out of touch? Yes, completely. But Rose and the Bulls are completely right for having him sit out in games where he isn’t completely healthy. It is still November. Unless the entire Bulls rotation gets injured they are going to make the playoffs. This is about having Rose healthy for the playoffs, something that hasn’t happened for three straight years. If these injuries keep piling up and Rose can’t stay on the floor for more than two games in a row in say January, then it is time for everyone to start worrying. For now everyone needs to just sit back and see what happens. Rose essentially missed the last two and a half years. Give him some time.
in Is Derrick Rose Worth His Contract?
11/17/14, 1:11 PM
This contract is about as player friendly as it gets. Stanton has an opt out after five years, so if he can continue producing at his current rate he can opt out and sign another huge deal. He has a no trade clause, which can prevent the Marlins from trading him like they did with Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle. The Marlins have assumed all the risk in this contract and given their past dealings this is the way it had to be for an extension to happen.
Given the state of baseball today, Stanton represents the type of player that should be paid the most: a right handed hitter with unrivaled power. Runs are at a premium and Stanton is the most prolific power hitter in the game.
in Miami Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton Agree on Record-Breaking Extension
11/17/14, 12:05 PM
Here are some more potential Cole Hamels’ trades from Phillies Minors Thoughts. http://philliesminorthoughts.com/trading-cole-hamels-pt-4-cole-hamels-trade-scenarios/
I really like the potential trades with the Dodgers and Red Sox and would hope one of those can become reality. Of the prospects mentioned in those trades, I am a big fan of Pederson, Urias, Swihart, and Coyle.
Overall this speaks to the difficulty of fake trades. Teams know way more than fans about prospects and it is impossible to know what teams think about players. One thing we know for sure: if the Phillies trade Hamels, they will get a lot in return. His contract status is such that they don’t need to trade him right now.
in Rebuilding The Philadelphia Phillies
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