Odds & Ends: Lee, Miller, Branyan, Phillies

There may be a lot of NBA and NHL rumors and signings floating around today, but the MLB hot stove will only get hotter as we approach the trade deadline.  Here are some items from around the majors…


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  1. frank_costanza 5 years ago

    No, no, no.. The Phillies didnt make the mistake of signing Ibanez, that was Amaros doing. It was the Phillies mistake to give Amaro the GM job. That being said, Werth could have been an enticing trade piece if the Phillies desperately needed a starter for their rotation, but their starters have been the least of their worries, and now that they are so injured they have to keep Werth.

  2. They should of given Raul a 2 year deal MAX. I wish we could get rid of that bum and put Dominic Brown in left. It would be the offensive boost our club could really use. Well now that Chase and Polly are out too we need all the help me can get.

    • frank_costanza 5 years ago

      Raul is a very talented player, but it appears age and injuries may be taking there toll on his career. Signing Raul wasnt a bad idea, Amaros willingness to give the free agents he signs absurd offers way above market value just so that they dont sign somewhere else was a bad idea. Even Polanco (who is living up to his contract) had virtually no suitors in the offseason, and they have $18 million tied up in him.

      Giving at 37 year old outfielder a 3 year contract worth $33 million was moronic. Especially considering the fact that Ibanez finished last year with the same numbers that Pat Burrell would have given them, except Burrell is a righty who they could of signed for 2 years and less than half of what they gave Ibanez.

      • bflaff 5 years ago

        Do you have any idea what Burrell made in 2008? In what universe do they resign him to a two year deal for “less than half” of what Ibanez got? Ibanez was the cheaper (better) option, and a nice signing for the front office.

    • frank_costanza 5 years ago

      Raul is a very talented player, but it appears age and injuries may be taking there toll on his career. Signing Raul wasnt a bad idea, Amaros willingness to give the free agents he signs absurd offers way above market value just so that they dont sign somewhere else was a bad idea. Even Polanco (who is living up to his contract) had virtually no suitors in the offseason, and they have $18 million tied up in him.

      Giving at 37 year old outfielder a 3 year contract worth $33 million was moronic. Especially considering the fact that Ibanez finished last year with the same numbers that Pat Burrell would have given them, except Burrell is a righty who they could of signed for 2 years and less than half of what they gave Ibanez.

  3. Cyyoung 5 years ago

    Last year DelCarmen didn’t make the play-off roster, year before had an 31.50 era against Rays in play-offs, this is not a one season collapse.

    • Fangaffes 5 years ago

      He starts off the season well, but seems to be consistently without stamina.

    • Fangaffes 5 years ago

      He starts off the season well, but seems to be consistently without stamina.

  4. Cyyoung 5 years ago

    Last year DelCarmen didn’t make the play-off roster, year before had an 31.50 era against Rays in play-offs, this is not a one season collapse.

  5. Guest 5 years ago

    I’d like to see Lee in St. Louis. That would be a nice addition to an already impressive rotation.

  6. Guest 5 years ago

    I’d like to see Lee in St. Louis. That would be a nice addition to an already impressive rotation.

  7. aap212 5 years ago

    I think Raul Ibanez is evidence that the Phillies erred in signing Raul Ibanez.

  8. goodbyebaseball 5 years ago

    Glad the Indians are happy to be rid of Branyan. I’m pretty sure the M’s clubhouse is happy to have him back.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      Anybody is better in the Mariners clubhouse than Richie Sexson.

  9. BaseballFanatic0707 5 years ago

    The last line should read: “the Dodgers should be wary about any trade, since it seems as if they’ve given up on properly evaluating their talent.”

  10. Spirit of '69 5 years ago

    I remember at the time of the Ibanez signing there were some people posting here who said three years was too much. Then when he went on a tear to open his first year Amaro was being praised as a genius: what an upgrade over Pat Burrell, look at this Murderer’s Row lineup, they’re unstopable.

    In defense of Amaro, he did what a lot of GMs do, he took a chance that Ibanez would hold up through the life of the contract. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t.

  11. I don’t really think the Reds are going to be after Starting pitching. We have already got Arroyo, Harrang, Cueto, Leake, and now Travis Wood, who had a very nice 8 inning outing which he would have not given up any runs in if the bullpen had held it where he left. Players coming from the farm too in the starting rotation Volquez, Bailey, LeCure even did a decent job for his first cup of tea in the big leagues.

    I just can see the Reds need for a starting pitcher. Relief pitcher that is a whole different story…

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