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Phillies Considering Angel Pagan

1 Dec

pagan1Last night FOX’s Ken Rosenthal linked the Phillies to Angel Pagan, saying that he believed that the 31-year old Pagan had emerged as the Phillies next target for a center fielder.

In 2012 Pagan hit .288/.331/.440 with eight homers and 29 steals.  His career numbers are a bit lower than that, and his 2012 campaign has likely inflated his price tag.

One of the plusses of signing Pagan would be that he’d come much cheaper then guys like Michael Bourn, and Josh Hamilton. This would leave the Phillies with some spending money for their bullpen and a third baseman.  The market for a third basemen is very, very thin, but there are plenty of  premiere relievers out there.

I honestly don’t think that Pagan is much better then Shane Victorino, but Shane’s 2012 season was not very good, and I don’t see the Phillies calling about Shane unless he dwindles on the market for another month or so.  If The Phillies made a move for a big time left or right fielder, then I could see Shane coming back to play center mainly for his defense, but that’s a really big if.

I still think that the price tag of Michael Bourn is too high, and that’s why the Nationals and Braves went elsewhere, and I know that Josh Hamilton would excite everyone, but this team already has a large collection of players making over $2oMM a season (Halladay, Lee, Howard, Hamels) and with all his baggage would it really be smart to have $100MM committed to just five players?

Pagan may just be the best choice available.  If the Phillies can get him for 3 years, then I’d be satisfied, although he’s not really much of an upgrade over what we had in Victorino last year.  The Giants are probably his #1 choice, as he just won a World Series with them, so three years probably won’t do it.

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Victorino: “I Want to Be Here.”

28 Feb

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There has been little talk about Shane Victorino‘s contract status with all of the hype surrounding Cole Hamels’ impending free agency, but not a whole lot has been said about what’s going to happen with Victorino.

Just thought that you might like to see an exerpt from Jayson Stark’s latest piece on ESPN.com that contains a tibit on Shane…

Cole Hamels isn’t the only household name in Philadelphia who’s a year away from free agency. Let’s not forget Shane Victorino. According to FanGraphs, only one center fielder in the National League was worth more wins above replacement than Victorino (5.9) last season: Matt Kemp (8.7).

So Victorino could find a healthy market next offseason if he makes it to free agency. But will he? After arriving in camp last week, he told MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki: “I don’t plan on going anywhere.”

I envisioned his agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, heading straight for the emergency room the second they read that quote. So I asked Victorino if he meant that quote the way it sounded. Was it so important to him to remain a Phillie that he’d stay at just about any price?

“What that statement was saying,” he said, “was that I’m willing to give up free agency. A lot of guys won’t. In the game of baseball, free agency is what every major league player dreams of. You want to maximize your value, and of course I do, too. But what’s important to me is, I want to be here. I love playing here. My family loves the city. I love the city. So when I made that statement, that’s what I meant.”

Has an impending free agent ever let a club know he’d take a hometown discount more clearly than that? Next thing you know, he’ll rent a billboard.

Ok… Wow. I’m sure people are going to start talking about this one today.

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Proven Smoke in the 9th

15 Nov

As you know by now Ruben Amaro Jr. has made another splash in the free agent market inking closer Jonathan Papelbon to a 4-year, $50 million dollar contract.  I’m pretty thrilled to have a closer that throws gas like Pap, the length of the deal scares me a bit.

I’m pretty mixed when it comes to taking Pap over Ryan Madson.  Sure, Papelbon has been closing for years in Boston and has a pretty solid track record, but he relies pretty heavily on his fastball, and I worry that in a few years when his velocity dips we’re going to be upset that we have a guy that throws mostly fastballs.  Ryan Madson had a repertoire of pitches to work with, but that does not mean that he would have any more success in the end.  It’s pretty well documented that guys who throw hard like Pap do, tend to have a tougher time lasting into September and October as they age.

So we’ll see, and time will tell…

Pap does have the edge when comparing the two, having been Boston’s everyday closer.  219 saves (37 per year average) over the past six seasons with a 2.33 career ERA.   2011 probably was  the best year of Papelbon’s career. He was 4-1 with a 2.94 ERA in 63 games, converting 31 save opportunities in 34 chances.  However he blew a pretty big save at the end of the season for the Red Sox that knocked the Sox from playoff contention.  (To be fair the whole team played like garbage down the stretch)

Madson converted 32 saves for the Phillies in 2011, but only started to fill in as the closer in May after Jose Contreras went down with an injury. He does appear to be on the upswing.

With the Aces we have on the mound, I’m just happy the Phillies have a sound closer locked up for some time.