"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
Phillips broke his finger, and had to have surgery, right? I wouldn't trade for him with the expectation that he'll necessarily be the same hitter he was before.
"Reality tells us there are no guarantees. Except that some day Jon Lester will be on that list of 100-game winners." - Peter Gammons
The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.
Considering this team's needs, if I were to trade Brandon Phillips, I'd want two or three potential Brandon Phillipses back.
The widow is gathering nettles for her children's dinner; a perfumed seigneur, delicately lounging in the Oeil de Boeuf, hath an alchemy whereby he will extract the third nettle and call it rent. ~ Carlyle
From Fay's blog:
The Reds are shooting a video -- for a 2009 promo I assume. The participants are Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Keppinger. This is probably reading too much into it, but you'd think none of those guys will be traded. So does Edwin Encarnacion not being part of it mean anything?
I miss Adam Dunn.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Maybe, maybe not. I've thought all along that Edwin would be traded if the right deal comes along. Why? Because both the manager and GM love defense, that's why.
And the excuse that Harang, Volquez, etc. weren't in there doesn't hold water. All four included are position players--no pitchers. And I wouldn't bet the farm that if the right deal comes along, they could be missing, too. It's kind of like the argument of Griffey's 600th HR meaning he would stay with the Reds. All the banners and such didn't protect him from being traded. I think Fay raises an interesting question.
"You only have to bat a thousand in two things; flying and heart transplants. Everything else you can go 4-for-5."
"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
Injured players get pennies on the dollar in trade, even when the injury's not that bad. Looks like the Reds aren't going to move Phillips this offseason. Maybe spring. I don't really mind because he's a good defender, but I like having options open.
a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.
I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate
I guess the plan is to have Keppinger back. Hopefully not as the starting SS.
Adam Kennedy wants out of St. Louis, asking for a trade, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Any chance we'd be interested if Phillips winds up in Colorado or elsewhere?