Does Darin Ruf alter the plans for the Philadelphia Phillies in the off-season? Or can he add to the offensive power from the right side?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 4-1 Triumph
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Above Asterisk ( *) = Corresponding Play And/Or Event
Fielding A Free Agent Bat:
Parity means limitations on all franchises, even the Yankees. It hinders the rich from poaching the poor’s talent. It also keeps salaries from exploding for the most part, because organizations, like the Phillies, are limited in their spending. Rube Amaro re-signs Cole Hamels to keep one of his best arms, which means that Hunter Pence, Joe Blanton and Shane Victorino cannot fit under the competitive-balance threshold. The table below indicates that Amaro has allotted $163.5M of the $178M for the 2013 budget. That equals $14.5M available, which is approximately the amount that Pence will be paid next year.
If the GM inks players in centerfield and for 8th-frame set-up, he will deduct 2 contracts from the $163.5M. The bullpen slot is the $500K minimum and the outfield spot is at most $1.45M. In other words, that means $16.5M is the 2-position limit. Therefore, you can forget Josh Hamilton and Michael Bourne. Scott Boras represents Bourne and will move too slowly for Rube, who prefers to do acquisition business before January.
$178M Maximum Before The Luxury Tax:
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Melky Cabrera will find a cheap deal with an also-ran, because he has to recover from his drug-test suspension. Victorino is hitting .229 with 2 HR, 15 RBI, 18 BB, 14 SB and 2 CS for the Dodgers. B.J. Upton is a centerfielder who will want more than the Phils or Rays will offer, but he might have to take less. CF Torii Hunter will command $10M per over 2 campaigns, and that is due to his age. A veteran reliever will run $4-5M, which means $10M for a right-handed power bat in center. Rube only has a surplus of young ’pen studs to complete a swap, and will finalize FA decisions before spring training, which makes Ruf a long shot.
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He has worked 6.1 innings plus in 11 of 24 efforts with 8 debacles. Against the Nats for 4 outings at both parks (1 away), his ledger reads: 1-2, a 3.92 ERA, 20.2 frames, 21 hits, 10 runs (9 earned), 8 free passes and 10 whiffs.
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He is 2-0 with a 5.94 home ERA, which is 4.30 lower on the road. He has worked 7 innings in 1 of 5 opportunities with 1 clunker. He faced the Phils last Wednesday with this line: 5.1 frames, 5 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts on 82 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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22TH AND FINAL RIDE OF THE HORSEMEN FOR 2012:
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