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Ruben Amaro Press Conference Roundup

Jim Adair - July 31, 2015

"I'll get back to you on Revere, gotta do a press conference, BRB."

“I’ll get back to you on Revere, gotta do a press conference, BRB.”

Ruben Amaro just finished addressing the press on the Cole Hamels trade, and here are some of the notable things he said. As always, all quotes are paraphrased:

  • We got Alfaro as a catcher, and we don’t project his injury to be a long-term issue.
  • In a lot of ways we used out money and talent to buy talent.
  • Thompson can be anywhere from the middle of the rotation to the top of the rotation to the bottom of the rotation. He’s still young.
  • Pitching was important to us because we simply don’t have enough in the upper levels.
  • Ruben actually used the word “analytics.”
  • Our latest understanding is that Harrison might not be able to start in his turn.
  • I’ve been working with John Daniels (Rangers’ President of Baseball Operations and General Manager) on this deal probably for six or seven or eight months. We felt they were the right match for us.
  • This deal was no different from how I’ve been operating since I took over in 2008.
  • I’m the point guy, or the “talking head.”
  • There are so many different factors and things to have to happen which is why it takes a long time. Approvals, paperwork, etc.
  • Market was much more fruitful for Hamels this year.
  • There was no shortage of suitors.
  • Cole has every right to go where he wanted to as dictated by his contract.
  • Texas’ pieces, depth, the way we lined up worked very well for us. It’s the best deal we felt we could make.
  • Williams and Thompson are  headed to AA. Williams will probably not get into the lineup until Tuesday, and then Thompson is scheduled to be able to throw Saturday or Sunday.
  • Teams are much more willing to dole out money than prospects. The value of prospects has increased.
  • “This may not sound right because it’s coming from my mouth, but we took a very analytical approach.”
  • Finding offense is not easy, and we think we got that in these prospects.
  • Ruben pulls out his phone, scrolls through it for a bit, and says of the next (Revere) deal: “Almost.”

Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers is Finally Official

Jim Adair - December 19, 2014

Photo Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

After a week’s worth of “maybe” and “why haven’t they announced anything” and “Matt Kemp has old-man hips,” the trade between the Dodgers and Phillies for Jimmy Rollins is officially official.

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As previously reported, the Phillies will send Rollins to L.A. and will receive minor league pitchers Zach Eflin and Tom Windle in return. The Phillies released a statement on the trade, and I think Chase Utley has something in his eye:

“The Dodgers are very lucky to acquire a player like Jimmy. I’ve said it time and time again that Jimmy makes everyone around him better. The team will miss his leadership on the field and his infectious smile, but most of all, I will miss our pre-game handshake.”

The trade will formally be announced in a press conference later today.

Sports Betting Updates

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DraftKings Sportsbook Review

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over two full months now and a lot has changed since launch. While they were the first out of the gate for legal US sports betting, they now face competition from many sites, including FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetStars and others. How do they stack up and what promos does DraftKings Sportsbook offer? Let’s take a closer look. Bonus: First bet matched up to $200 Minimum

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BetStars NJ launched their sports betting app which is now available for both iOS and Android, and they offering a pretty outrageous promo code and deposit bonus. Owned by The Stars Group, a Canadian-based company that powers the popular PokerStars app, BetStars is targeting DraftKings and FanDuel directly, bringing its mobile-focused product to New Jersey with an AGGRESSIVE promo and deposit bonus. Bonus: $500 in free bets and 100-1 odds on any team to win the

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Need To Know Betting Trends For The Eagles and Panthers

After seemingly getting back on track last Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, the Eagles will look to climb over the .500 mark when they host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Panthers, who are 1-4 all-time in regular season games played in Philadelphia, are looking for their first road victory of the season, and they will have their work cut out for them if they hope to get it. The

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Player to be Named Later in Roberto Fausto Carmona Hernandez Deal is Named

Jim Adair - August 29, 2014

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Roberto Fausto Carmona Edward James Olmos Hernandez was the only Phillie who ended up getting traded this year, and in return the Phillies got two players to be named later. The first player to be named later was named to be Jesmuel Valentin, a 20-year-old middle infielder who is the son of former MLBer Jose Valentin. And yesterday, the deal was finalized as the second player to be named later was named as 19-year-old RHP Victor Arano. Arano was the #14 ranked prospect in the Dodgers’ farm system and was 4-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 22 games this season for their Single-A squad. These two men, who we may never hear from again, are the total and full result of this year’s trade deadline. Couldn’t Pat Gillick have rolled through about a month ago?

Sixers and Rockets Reportedly Agree in Principle on Jeremy Lin Deal

Jim Adair - July 9, 2014

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

As rumored, the Sixers and Houston Rockets have reportedly agreed in principle to a deal that would bring Jeremy Lin, a first round draft pick, and a third piece to the 76ers. In return, the Rockets will get a really nice thank you note. According to Liberty Ballers, that first rounder could be the Rockets own or the one they got from New Orleans in the Omer Asik deal. There is still some waiting to do, which is the theme of this year’s free agency period:

So here’s how this is probably going to shake out: LeBron goes back to Cleveland, Bosh goes to Houston, and Lin comes here. After that, Cleveland may have to send Wiggins to Minnesota if they also want Kevin Love. And then there’s the issue of Chandler Parsons and his offer sheet from the Mavericks, which puts a ticking clock on Houston. Really, LeBron just needs to make up his damn mind, because everything is on hold until he does. And if he goes back to Miami? All of this will disappear into the wind.

We’ll have more on this if someone important makes up their mind.

Player to be Named Later/Clerical Error to be Called Up to the Astros Today

Jim Adair - July 1, 2014

Someone get that man a mirror!

Someone get that man a mirror!

In the Hunter Pence trade that sent everyone we had somewhere else and left no one here, a supposed clerical error or mistake in general management sent power-hitting right fielder Domingo Santana to the Astros. He was just a throw in at the time and now is not at all a throw in and has been called up. Santana, according to the Daily News, will be joining another part of that Pence trade, Jon Singleton, on the big league roster.

Time will tell if he’s ready for the majors, but he’s hit .304 with 13 HR and 52 RBI with the Astros’ AAA club this year.

Jayson Stark on the Phillies at the Trade Deadline

Kyle Scott - July 23, 2013

In other words, they may or may not trade guys who may or may not be tradable. Notably, however, no mention of Cliff Lee or Chase Utley: []

One team the Phillies would seem to match up with is the Marlins, on Ruggiano,Steve CishekMike Dunn and Ryan Webb. But the Phillies are looking to make a deal without including Jesse Biddle, Maikel Franco, Cody Asche or any of their top tier of prospects. And the Marlins are telling teams they won’t move anyone else at this point unless they get an offer they feel they can’t say no to.

If the Phillies have a rough week in St. Louis and Detroit, on the other hand, they could still sell — with Michael Young pretty much a lock to get moved if they go that route. (“The next week,” said one exec who spoke with them, “will determine Michael Young’s fate more than anyone else on their roster.”) But even if they do decide to listen on Jonathan Papelbon, other teams increasingly view him as practically untradeable.

“He’s just not that valuable with that contract,” says one AL exec. “If the Phillies want premium players back, they’d have to take half the contract [which has two years, worth $26 million, remaining, plus a vesting $13 million option]. I don’t see any team giving up an A-list prospect and taking that entire contract. You’d be taking the worst two or three years of a bad deal andgiving them a premium prospect. That just doesn’t make sense.”

Carry on.

The Flyers Traded a Child Pornographer for a Car Thief

Kyle Scott - April 1, 2013

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Goodbye, Harry Z.

Paul Holmgren needed to do something today to appease his obsessions, so he traded Harry Zolnierckekeykckyck for tweener tough guy Jay Rosehill.

Flyers website:

The Flyers announced that they have acquired LW Jay Rosehill from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for (F) Harry Zolnierczyk, according to club general manager Paul Holmgren.

The 6-3, 215-pound Rosehill has spent the season with the Ducks’ AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals where he has posted eight points (4g-4a) and 90 penalty minutes in 33 games.

And where he stole a car.

From Pilot Online, 2007:

Admirals defenseman Jay D. Rosehill was arrested Friday and charged with stealing a car while his team was on the road.

Rosehill, 22, was released on bond from the Broome County Jail on a felony charge of third-degree grand larceny, the Press & Sun-Bulletin newspaper of Bunghamton reported. His release came shortly before the Admirals played the Senators.

The Broome County Sheriff’s Office said a vehicle had been reported stolen from the parking lot of Madame Oar’s, a Binghamton strip club.

A club employee said she had started the car and left it to warm up when it was taken.

Shortly after the report was made, about 1:25 a.m., a deputy spotted the car pulling into the parking lot of the Xhibition Gentlemen’s Club.

The deputy said he saw a man, later identified as Rosehill, run from the car, the Press & Sun-Bulletin reported.

Fun! Lock your doors.

Harry Z, of course, was once charged with child pornography of sorts, when he filmed his buddy boinking an underage girl. So, even trade, I guess.

Flyers scriptuals are a bit miffed by this one:

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Can’t wait until we trade Coots and Schenn for two over-the-hill defensemen and a 2014 draft pick!

H/T to reader Nick

Trading Hunter Pence Was Stupid

Kyle Scott - January 29, 2013

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Perhaps only Scott Hartnell thinks it was a good move

Bile Scott, writing in the comments yesterday, put forth the following: I still don’t understand why you dump Pence at the deadline last year. He was under team control for another year so instead of going to arbitration with a solid RF, you get Young and platoon unproven pups in left? It makes no sense!

Agreed. Pence had one year remaining on his contract (arbitration eligible) and is 29-years-old (30 in April). At the time of the trade, he was the youngest, most durable and reliable projected everyday player for the Phils in 2013.

True, the Phillies had to sell at the deadline last season, and trading Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton, each in the final year of their contract, made sense. But why move the youngest controllable starter when you still expect to compete the following season? 

Prospects. Eh. It’s not like either of the minor leaguers the Phillies got for Pence – Tommy Joseph and Seth Rosin – are can’t-miss players. Both are highly regarded, but, as is the case with all prospects, there are no guarantees. The Phils are still in win now mode (I think), so trading a 30-year-old everyday player with one year left on his deal for prospects, well, it doesn’t make a ton of sense.

Money. Who cares? It’s not yours. Pence avoided arbitration with the Giants by signing a one-year, $13.8 million deal, which is certainly at the high end* of what he would have gotten from the Phils, whose only spending limit is $178 million– the luxury tax threshold for 2013. Right now, the Phillies’ current payroll stands at around $156 million (plus around $10 million for player benefits that gets factored into luxury tax calculations). That leaves them about $12 million under the threshold, or, in other words: roughly a Hunter Pence under the threshold

*He likely earned himself a $2 million, “thanks for those pre-game sermons” bonus in San Fran

Having Pence this season would have made no difference to the construction of the rest of the team, as it currently stands. Yes, the Phils now have substantial flexibility, something they undoubtedly planned to, um, do something – anything at all – with this winter. But they didn’t. So, unless you’re an owner, applauding the $10 million or so they saved is foolish. And even John Middleton is going to be shaking his DAMN head when he watches Young try to catch a slicing looper.

Upgrades. Not really. Obviously, the Phils tried to do more with the money, but missed on available players – either via trade or free agency – such as the Uptons, Josh Hamilton, Nick Swisher and others. They failed to sign any impact hitters, instead settling on 900-year-old Michael Young, controllable Ben Revere (thumbs up there), and the anti-Semitic Delmon Young. They spent on pitching, sort of: Mike Adams ($5 million), Chase Utley hater John Lannan ($2.5 million), Aaron Cook ($1.6 million) and Chad Durbin ($1.1 million). None of those names, except for maybe Adams, jump out at you, but they bolster a bullpen that needed bolstering.

It all comes back to the lineup, though. The Phillies are certainly no better there than they were last season. Young is a minor upgrade over Placido Polanco, but the outfield now consists of John Mayberry, Dom Brown, Darin Ruf, Ben Revere, Laynce Nix and Delmon Young. That’s terrible for a supposedly contending team.

Pence certainly has his issues – he’s a lousy fielder, frustrating hitter, and owns a strip of land between home plate and shortstop – but he’s not as bad in the field as Young, and his stats are better than Young’s across the board. Even Swisher, who just signed a four-year, $56 million deal with the Indians, and who some thought could have been the upgrade in the outfield, didn’t have much better numbers than Pence in 2012. Oh, and he’s three years older. I have no idea if the Phils ever seriously considered signing Swish, but he at least had the type of power numbers (24 home runs, 93 RBIs) that the Phillies were likely looking for.

Some would argue Pence had the worst season of his career last year– a rarity for a 29-year-old. Yet he still finished the season with 24 home runs, 104 RBIs and was credited by his Giants teammates as being a clubhouse leader in their run to their second World Series championship in three years. Not bad.

And that’s what I keep coming back to: If nothing else, Pence is reliable. He’s played in over 150 games, and hit over 20 home runs and 25 doubles every year since 2008. In four of those five seasons, he’s driven in over 80 runs, including 91, 97 and 104 in each of the past three seasons, respectively. Those aren’t necessarily All-Star numbers, and Pence’s on-base and slugging percentages are mediocre, but he’s a plus corner outfielder, still in the prime of his career, and would have been under contract in 2013 at an amount that would have allowed the Phillies to remain under the luxury tax threshold while making the “upgrades” they did this winter. 

So, yeah, trading him was stupid.