News has just come in from Phillies.com announcing that Phillies’ centerfielder and 2008 post-season star, Shane Victorino, has just signed a one-year deal with the Phillies for $3.125 million dollars, thus becoming the fourth member of the arbitration eighth among the World Series Champions Phils to avoid the prospect of going to arbitration. Victorino, who became the Phillies’ everyday centerfielder, after Aaron Rowand has left the team, via free agency, to join the San Francisco Giants, hit .293 last season, becoming the team’s batting leader, while also having a .447 slugging percentage and a .352 on-base percentage, as he got 167 total hits, including 30 2Bs, 8 3Bs, 14 HRs, and knocking in 58 RBIs while scoring 102 times, as well as stealing 36 bases. Career-wise, in four seasons with the Phils, he has a .281 batting average, a .421 slugging percentage and a .342 on-base percentage, the Flyin’ Hawaiian has also collected 430 hits, including 74 2Bs, 19 3Bs and 34 HRs, as well as knocking in 162 RBIs, while crossing the plate 263 times, and stealing 84 bases.
With Victorino’s signing, the Phils now have only four more players left to sign: Joe Blanton, Chad Durbin, Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard. Congrats front office, keep knocking them down.
According to Phillies.com, Ryan Madson and the Phillies have come to an agreement, in which Madson now accepts the Phils’ earlier offer of a three-year, $12 million contract, thus avoiding arbitration. Either Madson has just realized that the Phillies’ deal was the best that he was going to get for a while, or he has just told his agent Scott Boras to go stuff it and accept the deal. Either way, it’s good news for the Phils as they now have their ‘Bridge to Lidge’ around in their bullpen for another three years. I am so happy.
Oh, and Scott Boras, I hope Madson did tell you to stuff it, you bad for baseball agent.
Now I do the happy dance. Three down, five to sign.
The Phillies have help to further solidify their starting rotation by signing their ace starter, 2008 NLCS and World Series MVP Cole Hamels, to a three-year, $20.5 million contract. With the signing, the Phils have avoided a second straight year of going to arbitration with their star pitcher. Hamels thus become the second of the Phils’ arbitration eight to sign under the dotted line, following Greg Dobbs’ signing yesterday to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. Meanwhile, Ryan Madson has rejected a three-year, $12 million offer from the Phils.
According to the New York Post, Hamels will be receiving $4.35 million dollars this year, $6.65 million in 2010 and $9.5 million in 2011.
With Hamels’ signing, the Phillies still have the possibility of facing arbitration with Shane Victorino, Madson, Chad Durbin, Joe Blanton, Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard. My thinking on the remaining six? Victorino, Durbin, Blanton, and Werth will probably signed before February 1-2 when the arbitration panel will be held, Howard will probably go to arbitration and get another paydate, while Madson will either hold out for more money and then sign, or go to arbitration and then become a free agent after the 2009 season. I guess we’ll all see soon.
The Phillies and their favorite pinch hitter, Greg Dobbs, have just avoided arbitration, as Dobbs signs a two-year, $2.5 Million dollar contract. Meanwhile, reliever Ryan Madson has at the same time just rejected a three-year, $12 Million dollar contract.
Congrats on getting Dobbs to sign on the dotted line, guys. One down, seven to go. As for Madson, I knew that he would be a bit harder to sign, as his agent is Scott Boras. Hey, Madson, think what is best for you and the team, and not what’s best for that jerk, Boras.
All eight Phils who are eligible for arbitration have just filed, including Ryan Howard, 2008 NLCS and WS MVP Cole Hamel and Shane Victorino. All players must now tell the Phils how much they think they’re worth by this upcoming Tuesday, and any of those that don’t come to a quick decision with the ballclub, will have their case sent to a panel of three arbitrators for February 1-21.
In my opinion, I believe that except for maybe Howard, the players and the Phils will quickly settled their monetary differences and sign contracts for the next several seasons. With Howard, if last year is any indication, the team may decide to try their luck again with arbitration. While I think this might end up being another bad move on management’s part, I can see their point because of Howard’s low batting average and the large number of strikeouts he has made, in spite of his ability to knock in runs and hit home runs. But, I will say this, if the Phillies’ front office stiff Hamel, after asking him to pitch a full season without an injury, which he did, by helping the team win it all in the post-season, by not giving him a several seasons contract, then they will only have themselves to blame if he decides to try free agency the first chance he gets. Hey, front office, listen up, lock him in, now!!!!
Also, in an Alden Gonzalez article that was posted recently on Phillies.com, J.A. Happ has said that he is ready to compete for the last spot in the Phillies’ starting rotation, as he goes up against Chan Ho Park, Kyle Kendrick, and prospect Carlos Carrasco, among others for that spot.
I wish Happ luck on getting the spot. But if he doesn’t, I’m sure he will continue what he was doing at Lehigh Valley, while waiting to be called back if something goes wrong with one of the starters on the main squad.
During the weekend, after signing Raul Ibenez to a three-year contract, pending a physical, the Phillies went towards locking in the ten players who they would be involved with in salary arbitration talks. They have concluded one-year deals with Eric Bruntlett, thus locking in the versatile infielder, as they will need him to help cover second base during Chase Utley’s rehab from hip surgery, and with Clay Condrey, their long relief pitcher. The Phillies have also offered contracts to Joe Blanton, Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson, Cole Hamels, Greg Dobbs, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth, in the process avoiding, as much as they can, the need to go to salary arbitration talks with each player, thus keeping them on the ballclub, one way or the other, through 2009. This, to me, sounds like a set of smart moves on the Phillies’ part, looking like they might have finally learn their lesson from past mistakes, depending, of course, on what they have actually offered the remaining eight arbitration eligible players.
The Phillies have also signed Scott Mathieson, a 24 years old pitcher who is still rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery, to a minor league contract, adding more depth to the organization, pitching wise.
Phils have specific goals for Vegas
Entering Winter Meetings, re-signing Moyer remains priority
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
Will that include some actual spending, Ruben? I’ll be right here waiting for nothing to happen. Am I’m being cyncial? What was your first clue?
PHILADELPHIA — The next phase of Ruben Amaro Jr.’s accelerated stint as Phillies general manager starts Dec. 8, when representatives from all 30 teams gather for the annual Winter Meetings.
Though the Meetings are being held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from Dec. 8-11, the Phillies don’t plan to hit the jackpot. Re-signing starter Jamie Moyer remains a priority, along with continuing the search for a left-field solution should Pat Burrell leave as a free agent.
“Pitching wins, and we want to strengthen that,” Amaro said on the day he was introduced as general manager. “That’s our focus.”
It has remained the focus, especially on a team looking to become the first National League team to repeat as World Series champions since the 1975-76 Reds. A team with expected payroll increases may not have financial room to add CC Sabathia or Manny Ramirez, but it will explore tweaks as necessary.
“We have things to deal with,” Amaro said last week. “We’re trying to improve our club, and we will look at every option.”
With the 2009 returns of second baseman Chase Utley (right hip surgery) and third baseman Pedro Feliz (back surgery) unclear, the team has explored utility player options such as former Phillie Nick Punto, as well as adding another arm to an already deep and effective bullpen.
In case Moyer doesn’t return, the Phillies have kicked the tires with the representatives for free-agent right-handers A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe. On the outfielder front, while they will continue to speak with Burrell, the names Raul Ibanez, Rocco Baldelli and Juan Rivera remain on the surface.
Like many teams, the Phillies may have to wait until Sabathia and Ramirez make decisions on their futures, opening up the rest of the market.
Amaro has been swamped since officially replacing Pat Gillick as general manager on Nov. 3. Later that day, he whisked away to the GM Meetings in Dana Point, Calif., briefly interrupting that cross-country journey for a trip with manager Charlie Manuel to dismiss third-base coach Steve Smith.
In the next three weeks, Amaro hired Benny Looper and Scott Proefrock as assistant general managers and promoted Chuck LaMar to assistant general manager. Amaro also negotiated deals with pitching coach Rich Dubee, hitting coach Milt Thompson, first-base coach Davey Lopes and new bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer.
Bench coach Jimy Williams resigned and was replaced by Pete Mackanin, while Sam Perlozzo took over as third-base coach.
On the field, Amaro re-signed Scott Eyre to a one-year, $2 million contract extension, and hopes to do the same with Moyer. The team added organizational depth by signing reliever Mike Koplove to a Minor League deal, and would like to bring in more arms to compete for jobs in an already deep and effective bullpen.
Dealing outfielder Greg Golson to the Rangers for Minor Leaguer John Mayberry on Nov. 20 potentially added a right-handed corner outfielder, at least for the long term.
Internally, the Phillies are also believed to be mulling ways to sign Ryan Madson, Jayson Werth and Cole Hamels to contract extensions to avoid arbitration and keep them around beyond ’09 (for Madson and Werth) and ’12 (Hamels), respectively.
It’s assumed that Amaro took a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, and will now turn toward some Christmas shopping.
“We’ll be looking at every possible way to improve our club,” he said. (H/T Phillies.com)
I’m hoping that Ruben will get off his *** and re-sign Moyer and hopefully Burrell, while extending the contracts of Madson, Werth and Hamels, but frankly, I’m not holding my breath that any of this will be done before the year is over as long as the idiots running this club are a bunch of tightwads with the dough. Oh, guys, kindly spend the dough for these guys. And Ruben, how about doing some work, that’s all I ask.