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“The only discussions I’ve had with Chase and his agent about any of that is that Chase wants to be in Philadelphia,” Amaro said. “And so, we work through our offseason knowing Chase Utley will be in Philadelphia and be a Philadelphia Phillie. I don’t …
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Ruben Amaro Jr. told Ryan Howard Phillies better off without him (Big League Stew)

How’s this for brutal honesty? In a radio appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Friday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. revealed that he’s spoken with first baseman Ryan Howard recently and admitted to telling him point blank the Phillies would be better off “not with him but without him.” Here’s the full quote from Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media: “We’ve talked to Ryan,” Amaro said. “And I told him that in our situation it would probably bode better for the organization not with him but without him. With that said if he’s with us, then we’ll work around him. We’ll hope he puts up the kind of numbers that we hope he can and we’ll see where it goes from there.” First and foremost, it’s clear to everybody that Howard’s best days are behind him. The likelihood of a return to All-Star level production is somewhere between slim and none, and slim just vacated the premises. He’s 35 years old. He still has respectable power as his 23 home runs last season illustrate, but he’s just not the offensive force he was before injuring his knee in 2011 playoffs.  But still, ouch.  It’s probably not often a general manager says such potentially stinging words to a player they’re not in conflict with. Even then, it might be a heat-of-the-moment situation where things eventually blow over. We’re talking 11 seasons, 334 home runs, 1,058 RBIs, a Rookie of the Year, one MVP in 2006, three All-Star selections, and of course, one World Series championship.  Those are all indicative of a healthy baseball and business partnership between the two sides. But perhaps Amaro’s honesty is indicative of a strong personal relationship as well. Besides, it’s not like Howard himself doesn’t understand the situation. He knows the Phillies are finally looking to rebuild. Out with the old and the $60 million left on his contract, in with the new and more affordable.  It’s business.  But the awkward part could come in the 60 million reasons it will be near impossible to trade Howard. It’s difficult to imagine any team taking on significant money for a declining player. Even the ones desperate for a designated hitter. Also, despite his surprising public admission, Amaro has no designs on released Howard, either.  “No ones going to release Ryan Howard,” he said. “That’s not going to happen. Ryan Howard is too productive and too important a player to just release. You just don’t do that with a player like that. But, we don’t have any designs on doing that.” We’re guessing the other 29 teams will put more stock in the numbers and Amaro’s first quote, making it likely Howard suits up for the Phillies again in 2015. If indeed that’s the case, things could get quite interesting in Philadelphia More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – – – – – – – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Rollins understands why Utley is staying in Philly

It makes perfect sense to Jimmy Rollins why Chase Utley wants to stay in Philadelphia, despite Phillies interim president Pat Gillick saying the team will not win again until 2017 at the earliest.

Rollins understands why Utley is staying in Philly
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Phillies Linked to Asdrubal Cabrera

With the departure of Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies face their first opening at shortstop in nearly a decade and a half. Yesterday Jerry Crasnick reported that the Phillies could be looking at 37-year-old Rafael Furcal as a possibility to help fill the gap until J.P. Crawford‘s arrival in Philly. Today’s Crasnick report is a much more appealing rumor.

The #Phillies could jump in on Asdrubal Cabrera, source says. But first Ruben Amaro Jr. would have to move some payroll.

— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 20, 2014

Cabrera is a 29-year-old free agent who was a long time shortstop for Cleveland until being traded to Washington last July shifting over to second base. Known more for his bat than for his glove, Cabrera has a career 104 wRC+ and his 69 home runs since 2011 are more than any shortstop save for J.J. Hardy (86), Troy Tulowitzki (84), and Ian Desmond (77). Coming off two straight All-Star seasons in 2011 and 2012, Cabrera has struggled to maintain his production in the past two years:

Years PA HR AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+
’11-’12 1283 41 0.272 0.335 0.443 0.338 116
’13-’14 1178 28 0.241 0.303 0.394 0.307 96

Jim Bowden, who is notoriously good at predicting the free agent market, pegged Cabrera for a 3-yr/$27M contract this offseason. If however, Cabrera believes himself to be the All-Star caliber he was as recently as two years ago, it’s possible he could be seeking a one-year contract to rebuild value in hopes of receiving a larger deal next year. These one-year contract rebound candidates are exactly the type of players a rebuilding team with financial resources like Philadelphia ought to be targeting. If Cabrera flops this season, there’s no risk to the Phillies in what is by all accounts expected to be a lost season. If Cabrera rebuilds or even maintains current value he could be flipped at the trading deadline for prospects or cost-controlled talent.

As for the second part of Crasnick’s tweet “But first Ruben Amaro, Jr would have to move some payroll”, the Phillies have already saved $10M in payroll by moving Rollins, $15M when A.J. Burnett declined his player option, and ~$2.5M by trading Antonio Bastardo. Unless there’s been a massive unreported change in the financial resources of the ownership group, there is little doubt that the financial flexibility to sign Cabrera is there if they actually want to pursue that route.

Amaro made excellent use of the short-term contract for veterans strategy last off-season with the Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Roberto Hernandez addition. Already Hernandez has been flipped for a surprisingly strong prospect package and Byrd could be on the move this winter. And unlike Byrd and Burnett, Cabrera still has age very much on his side. If he has interest in rebuilding value in a home ballpark with a (somewhat erroneous) reputation as a “bandbox”, there could absolutely be a match here.

One word of caution, Amaro would be wise to avoid the contract option years that have reportedly hindered his ability to trade players like Byrd and Papelbon. If the one-year contract fit is there, seize the opportunity. If Cabrera wants a longer commitment, thank him for his time and move on.

Phillies Linked to Asdrubal Cabrera
Author: Corinne Landrey
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Ruben Amaro, Jr.: Phillies Better Off Without Ryan Howard

Quoting an interview with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic, Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media reports that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. told first baseman Ryan Howard that the team would be better off without him. When asked about the possibility of releasing Howard, Amaro said that isn’t an option because he’s “too productive and too important” to the team.

Finding a trade partner will be difficult for obvious reasons:

  • Howard has $60 million remaining on his contract, which includes $25 million in 2015 and ’16, plus a $10 million buyout for the ’17 season;
  • Howard is 35 years old;
  • Howard is strictly a first baseman or, ideally, a designated hitter;
  • Howard was a below-average hitter, particularly when compared to others at his position, last season; and
  • Howard was healthy for a full season last year after suffering a ruptured left Achilles at the end of the 2011 NLDS and a torn meniscus in July 2013, both serious injuries which still affect him to this day

As a result, the Phillies’ trade market for Howard is limited essentially to the American League. With the Chicago White Sox having recently signed Adam LaRoche and Kendrys Morales going to the Kansas City Royals, there aren’t really any obvious landing spots for Howard. At the moment, the Tampa Bay Rays seem like the best fit, as their 1B/DH situation is currently manned by James Loney and David DeJesus. The Baltimore Orioles are another potential fit if they seek a different look than Steve Pearce and Chris Davis. That’s about it.

To make anything happen, the Phillies would need to absorb an enormous amount of the $60 million remaining — likely at least $45 million. The acquiring team may even feel like that is too little. Think of it this way: what would Howard get on a two-year deal if he were to become a free agent right now? The Phillies eating $45 million would essentially make Howard a two-year, $15 million player ($7.5M annual average value). Billy Butler, who tied Howard at -0.3 WAR last season per FanGraphs, signed for three years and $30 million with the Oakland Athletics. He is, however, younger with a nearly spotless injury history. As a ballpark estimate, $45 million seems about right though I’d hold out for more as an American League GM.

The return on Howard won’t be very flattering. To offset some of the salary difference, the Phillies may have to accept another subpar expensive player (example: Ubaldo Jimenez of the Orioles). There will be no Zach Eflin or Tom Windle in this return.

To that end, it may not seem like moving Howard is worth it, but it may be the most beneficial move the Phillies can make right now outside of trading Cole Hamels for a massive return. Opening up first base allows the Phillies to move Maikel Franco, Cody Asche, or Darin Ruf to the position full time. Whether at third base or first base, Franco would be guaranteed regular at-bats for the foreseeable future, which is a very important factor. To a much less important point, Asche’s value would increase with a move to first base as he would add another position to his resume. Ruf, if used at first base sans Howard, would also gain a bit of value as long as he hits.

Moving Howard won’t be easy, but it is possible. The 1B/DH market may shift into a better market for sellers by mid-July, and Amaro could feasibly trade the slugger then. If and when it happens, the Phillies will have taken the next big step in their rebuilding process.

Ruben Amaro, Jr.: Phillies Better Off Without Ryan Howard
Author: Bill Baer
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Jimmy Rollins says goodbye to Philadelphia in full-page ad (Big League Stew)

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Behold the Future of the Phillies

Jimmy Rollins out, Zach Eflin and Tom Windle in.

Both Eflin (1st round in 2012) and Windle (2nd round in 2013) were high draft picks.  Neither has pitched above Single-A.  Neither has eye-popping minor league numbers.  Projections range from mid-rotation to back end starting pitcher.  I’ll believe it when I see it.

Eflin is a 20 year old righty and has compiled a 17-14 record with a 3.41 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 183 strikeouts in 253.2 innings.  Maybe he’ll become a MLB stud. Maybe he’ll become a reliable starting pitcher in the form of a Mike Leake.  Or maybe he’ll flame out and never really amount to anything of value.  Only time will tell, and unfortunately the timetable is likely 3 years from now.

Windle is a 22 year old lefty and has a 17-9 record over 193 innings to go along with 162 strikeouts, a 3.82 ERA, and a 1.35 WHIP.  Same holds true for him as a stated about Eflin above.

Honestly, I wish for the best from these young men.  I hope both of them blossom into effective MLB starting pitchers that help guide the Phillies back to contention in the years to come.  However, I’m not going to hold my breath.

I’m bitter over J-Roll’s departure. I wanted near-ready MLB talent, but instead got low level “prospects”.  The fact that Freddy Galvis is currently #1 on the depth chart at shortstop also pisses me off.  Oh, to make things better, Amaro is looking into signing Rafael Furcal for the SS vacancy.  No, Ugueth Urbina didn’t slay him with a machete as urban legend has it.

Behold the Future of the Phillies
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LA Dodgers chart new course with rebuilt roster (The Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Friedman has thoroughly overhauled a 94-win team in his first two months running the Los Angeles Dodgers. None of his myriad moves made a bigger, more baffling splash than his trade of popular slugger Matt Kemp and $32 million to a division rival for what might be no more than half of a catching platoon.

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Things to know about Friday's baseball news (The Associated Press)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:

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Kendrick intrigued by Dodgers' offseason overhaul (The Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As a baseball fan, Howie Kendrick is impressed and intrigued by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ offseason overhaul.

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