Philadelphia Phillies – Cost Of Doing Business

9 06 2009

by Michael DeLuca

As the Philadelphia Phillies continue to scour the trade market in search of a starting pitcher, perhaps we should joe blantonexamine the cost of doing so by taking a look back at one of the team’s most recent transactions.  Last year, on July 18th, the Phils acquired Joe Blanton from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for second baseman Adrian Cardenas, pitcher Josh Outman and outfielder Matthew Spencer.  Blanton, as advertised, ate innings and pitched adequetely, posting a 4.20 ERA in 70.2 innings for the club in the 08′ regular season.  His record was 4-0.  Blanton went on to post a 2-0 record in the postseason, starting 3 games, with a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings.  The team went on to win the World Series and, for that reason and Blanton’s role in doing so, the trade must be considered a success.

Fast forward to 2009.  Blanton is 4-3 with a 5.46 ERA.  Meanwhile, the A’s haul is starting to pay dividends.  Josh Outman has started 10 games, posting a 4-0 record for a team that offers little run support.  His ERA, a sparkling 3.17 josh-outmanand WHIP just 1.17.  Let’s move on to Adrian Cardenas, considered to be the prize piece in the trade.  In 35 games for the  Double A Midland Rockhounds, Cardenas batted .388 with 2 home runs and 3 stolen bases.  He was promoted to Triple A Sacremento and has had a rocky start but is still just 21 years of age and is considered one of the top prospects in the A’s plentiful farm system by Baseball America.  Matthew Spencer is batting .265 with 2 home-runs at Double A  Midland.  This trade happened to work for both both teams.  The Phils won the ultimate prize and therefore deserve  credit for pulling the trigger but, less than a year later, the A’s look like the clear long term winners in this transaction.


2008 MLB All-Under-the-Radar Team

9 10 2008

by Kevin Collins

With the 2008 post season and Frank Caliendo spots in full swing, some of the premier players in the game take center stage.  Everyone knows the kinds of years the likes of Chase Utley, Manny Ramirez, CC Sabathia, and Dustin Pedroia had.  They are the stars of the game.  Even if their respective teams weren’t in the playoffs, the common baseball fan would be familiar with their stats.

Ugueth Urbina is tearing it up in the Venezuelan Penal League.  Who Knew?

Ugueth Urbina is tearing it up in the Venezuelan Penal League. Who Knew?

But what about the other guys?  What about the players who had great years but no one really seemed to notice because they played on Baltimore or Kansas City?  Hell, even middle relievers on good teams don’t get noticed.  Living in Boston, I hear so many times, “Wow, I had no idea how good J.C. Romero has been for the Phillies.  He sucked on the Sox!”

Well my goal here is to point out some of those players who have flown under the radar in 2008.  Here it is, the 2008 MLB All-Under-the-Radar Team.

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Oakland A’s Future is Bleak Mr. Beane

9 09 2008

by Ethan Greenberg

So ever since the all star break, the star studded Oakland A’s have more losses than the 1962 Mets had their entire season [sarcasm alert] and yet not many people talk about this team headed down the tubes. [William Lamar] Billy Beane has worked hard to fill his team with as many young prospects as possible, by trading Harden, Blanton, Gaudin. And Duscherer, Street, Chavez, Cust and Ellis and anyone else on that team could be gone sooner rather than later. Beane has not been able to fill the seats in Oakland.

For a team that has a stadium across the ocean from the Giants park, which is beautiful and sells 30,000 tickets per night without Bonds playing for them, this doesn’t bode well for the franchise. Oakland plays in a stadium where football is #1, just like the Marlins, Blue Jays, and Twins- all ugly baseball stadiums. If you go back 10 years ago, you had a lot more of those ugly cookie cutter stadiums still all over the place- so we gotta be thankful that team owners have the guts to step up and get new parks in these cities that would love  the game of baseball just a little bit more if it were played in a beautiful new park. Read the rest of this entry »