Cole Hamels was the first part of retooling for the Philadelphia Phillies. What other changes can you expect for ‘13?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 4-0 Triumph
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Above Asterisk (*) = Corresponding Play
Decisions For 2013:
As the schedule unfolds, new options appear to evolve quickly. Erik Kratz is a younger and less expensive backup catcher. Kevin Frandsen challenges Michael Martinez for the reserve infield role. The outfield of Dom Brown, John Mayberry Jr. and Nate Schierholtz has 2 question marks with one bat on the DL. The free-agent market for third sackers is thin, when you consider the aging names of Scott Rolen and Polly Polanco. Both have recently missed time and Rolen’s numbers are way down.
Brown is claiming 1 spot, and Juan Pierre is an affordable .300 stick with lineup versatility. At this point the relief corps is Antonio Bastardo, Josh Lindblom, Michael Schwimer and Jeremy Horst. That leaves 2 openings in the ‘pen and 1 position job. Mayberry, Schierholtz and 3B Freddy Galvis have to fill 2 of 3 holes. Michael Martinez is listed below as the 25th man, because he can be replaced by a FA, which would probably be an outfielder. This is for computational purposes only because an infield sub is necessary.
Martinez, Schierholtz, Mayberry and Galvis earn approximately $500K each, which means that 1 of the outfielders would possibly be replaced. According to my revised payroll calculation, Rube Amaro has $161.5M of $178M in the budget. That leaves $16.75M with the addition of the $500K (25th player) to be included from a slot in the fly-ball patrol. Michael Bourne, David Wright or Josh Hamilton and 2 relievers doesn’t fit under the $178M competitive-balance threshold. Plus, Bourne is represented by Scott Boras, who moves deliberately slow in contrast to Amaro’s quickness.
Of the available talent, Rube needs someone at the hot corner or near the warning track and 2 veteran relievers–one a $4M 8th-frame setup vet. CF Torii Hunter and bullpen arms Grant Balfour, Rafael Betancourt, Clay Hensley, Brandon League or Mike Adams are possible targets. Hunter, Adams and Hensley would run $13.5M to $16.5M.
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Above table was revised for Philadelphia Phillies storyline: FA or tax burden?
Cholley Manuel told him to stop looking over his shoulder, trust his stuff, and attack the strike zone. He has lasted 6.1 innings plus in 5 of 15 efforts with 6 debacles. Against the Fish at the Bank in early June, his line was: 5.1 frames, 8 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 3 free passes and 4 strikeouts on 93 pills.
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He is 5-4 with a 3.25 home ERA, which is 1.48 lower than on the road. He has worked 6.1 innings or more in 10 of 23 showings with 6 clunkers. At both parks for 1 each against the Phils, his ledger reads: 1-1, 6.52 ERA, 9.2 frames, 15 hits, 7 all-earned runs, 4 walks (1 intentional) and 7 whiffs.
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Starters’ photos, not described otherwise, are in the 1st inning.
Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
*** = Approximately equal to after plus-and-minus computation
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