Monthly Archives: December 2012

Phillies add starter John Lannan

Not long after nabbing reliever Mike Adams, the Phillies continued their offseason shopping by signing starting pitcher John Lannan to a 1-year, $2.5 million contract. The agreement comes a couple of days after reports surfaced that the team was looking for an inexpensive veteran to fill its fourth or fifth rotation spot.

Lannan is pretty much just rotational filler. There’s nothing sexy about his game; his skillset (or lack thereof) makes him a serviceable Major League starter and not much more. He doesn’t generate a lot of strikeouts (4.71 career K/9) and doesn’t make up for it with command (3.40 career BB/9). He can, however, induce ground balls at an above-average rate (53.0% career GB%, which places him 10th among active starting pitchers). Despite his pitch-to-contact style, he managed to post ERAs south of 4 in 2008, 2009, and 2011, and owns a very respectable 4.01 ERA over 6 big-league seasons. Continue reading

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Phillies sign Mike Adams

The Phillies and relief pitcher Mike Adams have agreed on a 2-year, $12 million contract with a vesting option for a third year. Adams has spent his past 5 seasons with Texas and San Diego, and figures to be Philadelphia’s primary setup man in 2013.

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Phillies trade for Michael Young

Another day, another deal for Philadelphia GM Ruben Amaro. On Saturday he acquired Rangers infielder Michael Young in exchange for pitchers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla, ending the team’s search for a starting third baseman. Young will replace the departed Placido Polanco at third after playing just 25 games at the position in 2012.

From a Phillies fan’s perspective, giving up Lindblom and a minor league relief pitcher for Michael Young seems more reasonable than the Ben Revere trade. But isn’t Young, like, terrible? Continue reading

Phillies trade for Ben Revere

My internal dialogue today:

“The Phillies got Ben Revere? That’s ok, I guess…”

“They traded Vance Worley for Revere? Ugh..I don’t like this. But maybe I can deal with it.”

“Worley and Trevor May? Are you serious?”

The Phillies needed a center fielder and didn’t want to shell out the cash necessary to reel in B.J. Upton, Michael Bourn, or Josh Hamilton from the free agent pond. I’m fine with that. The team’s payroll is already a little high, and there are other cheaper, more efficient options.

Trading for Ben Revere is not exactly what I’d had in mind. Continue reading