Domonic Brown is most likely in the opening-day lineup for the Philadelphia Phillies. However, at what outfield slot will he be positioned?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 9-2 Outcome
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Above Asterisk (*) = Corresponding Play
This is an article that got lost in the morning ether, and I decided to publish an updated version.
The Business Of Baseball:
Rube Amaro and Dave Montgomery will consider exceeding the $178M boundary only for a special case. The important words in that sentence are only and case (singular). There hasn’t been one of those to date. It would probably be a $2M overage for a needed player at the trading deadline only.
Amaro likes acquiring his target before Christmas, and then move on to his next roster necessity. The holes for the 2013 team are 2 veteran backend relievers, a third sacker and 3 warning-track guards. A right-handed power bat must come from one of the 4 openings. Polly Polanco has a mutual option of $5.5M for 2013 with a $1M buyout, but Freddy Galvis is a younger and inexpensive alternative. That probably rules out a free agent at third.
The financial aspect reveals a commitment of at least $162.5M with many near the MLB minimum. That leaves $15.5M plus $.25M (25th man) for a total of $15.75M to spend from the $178M. There is no way that Amaro can hold out for Michael Bourne and Scott Boras with only the possibility of overpaying, if he outbids everyone else. David Wright has a $16M club option for next season, and the Mets will likely exercise it. Josh Hamilton will be in the $20M range or higher, while Melky Cabrera will hit the reset button on his career.
* = Club option for 2013
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Torii Hunter is in the final tour of a 5-year deal, and most general managers do not like to dramatically slash a regular’s pay rate. Hunter’s stats translate to 20 homeruns and 95 RBI over a full 162. He is older and the Halos have younger stars who will require raises. Plus, they will need money to re-up Zack Greinke. The solution to this specific squad is 1 outfielder, 1 solid and 1 secondary arm for the relief corps. That puts Galvis at 3rd and Brown in right. It also necessitates a leftfield platoon of Pierre and Mayberry. With this payroll and the need to sell out the park, Rube must restore the championship fever next summer, which means he cannot stand pat or rebuild.
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He is 2-2 with a 3.35 ERA in his last 7 matchups, going 7 and 8 complete 6 times–3 each. His line is: 51 innings, 53 hits, 20 runs (19 earned), 5 BB and 41 punch outs. In late July at the Bank against the Brewers, his mark was: 7 total, 12 hits, 6 all-earned runs, 1 walk and 6 whiffs on 96 bullets.
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He has lasted 7 frames in 3 of 14 efforts with 4 clunkers. Against the Phils in late July, his ledger was: 4 innings, 8 hits, 5 all-earned runs, 3 free passes and 4 strikeouts on 83 tosses.
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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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14TH RIDE OF THE HORSEMEN:
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