Olney On Lee, Pineiro, Orioles

A look at the latest blog post from ESPN's Buster Olney

  • Olney believes the Phillies could have and should have kept Cliff Lee.  He points out that they could've traded Joe Blanton and taken draft picks for Lee after the season, resulting in a similar prospect package to the one they received from the Mariners.  It's not the exact same, partly since Blanton could yet net draft picks for the Phils, but I agree with Olney's point.  The Phillies' decision to move Lee in tandem with the Roy Halladay trade just seems weird.
  • Consequences of the Angels' Joel Pineiro deal: the Mets could sign Jon Garland or Ben Sheets, and the Dodgers could bring Vicente Padilla back.  Newsday's Ken Davidoff gets the sense the Mets "have prioritized Sheets over Garland." 
  • Olney says the Orioles "are very comfortable letting the field of free-agent corner guys come to them, at their price."  On a related note, O's second baseman Brian Roberts said to MASN's Roch Kubatko that he'd love to have Miguel Tejada back in Baltimore.


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29 Comments on "Olney On Lee, Pineiro, Orioles"


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BronxBomber7190
5 years 5 months ago

The Mets need to do something. Does anyone want to play for them…

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NYYANKEES
5 years 5 months ago

Sheets IMO will sign with the Rangers

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5 years 5 months ago

Not a huge Olney fan, but I agree with him here. The Phillies could have had an amazing rotation if they kept Lee and traded away Blanton (even if they had to eat a bit of Blanton’s contract, and came out a couple mil behind). They still have a good rotation, but it would have been top notch.

As for the Mets, they *should* sign both Garland and Sheets. It would cost ~$15MM guaranteed (maybe a bit less), which is exactly what I expect the team to spend over the rest of the offseason. Gives depth to the rotation, and if Sheets get injured, the rotation isn’t completely ripped apart. It would leave the team lacking on offense until Beltran comes back, but if Sheets remains healthy until then, they can survive.

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5 years 5 months ago

i could not agree more i was not thinking like that but lets be honest Sheets is going to the Texas Rangers. but i do like your thinking.

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empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 5 months ago

I feel as if, in general, there’s been more GM muscle-flexing than there has been GM sense-making this offseason. Trade away Cliff Lee while trading for Roy Halladay? Essentially trade a career-year Javier Vazquez for a 59-year old Billy Wagner? Whatever, man.

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Jiujitsu411420
5 years 5 months ago

If the phils would have kept Lee they would have had the best 1-2 punch in baseball…..hands down

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thegreatdrabek
5 years 5 months ago

Must we go over this again. The Phillies tried to dump Blanton but nobody would give them prospects in return for Blanton. The Phillies did not want to put all their chips in for 1 season when they already have a W.S.

Yes Lee and Halladay would have been great but there is no gurantee that would have guranteed a W.S. How many W.S did the Braves did of the 90’s win with Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine? The best 1-2 in baseball Carp/Wain did not even win a playoff game.

If the Phillies kept Lee and came up short, they would get to top draft picks in June of 2011. That means those prospects would not even crack the majors at least until 2013 at the earliest. Problem is the Phillies need players to fill in roles for Werth, Ibanez etc..after 2010.

So is it worth putting all you eggs in one basket and having a questionable future? No.
As a Phillies fan I would much rather have a legitimate shot at winning the W.S the next 3-4 years than a almost certain shot at winning for 1 year.