caught looking

a blog about the philadelphia phillies. not to be confused, exactly, with "caught looking" the debut album by independent/unsigned/unheard of singer/songwriter greg roth, who is, coincidently, yours truly.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Millwood-Dollar Man

Scott Boras is a genius. Or rather, he is very good at what he does. That is to say, Kevin Millwood is not a $12 million dollar per year pitcher and certainly not for five years. I don't care whow nice is ERA was, he's unfit (is he ever going to get around to getting in shape?), unefficient (meaning, he works so slowly), and unlucky (you've seen the stats, I bet - on batted balls, he's the "unluckiest" pitcher in MLB). He is also un-no. 1 when it comes to his spot in the rotation. One thing that will be interesting to see this year: how patient is Rangers pitching coach Mark Connor is going to be with Slow-as-Molassas Millwood, Headcase Padilla, and Distractable Adam Eaton all in the asme rotation.

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At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Verdeforce said...

I'm to the point now where I think the Phils should just sign Jeff Weaver if we can't get pitching in exchange for Michaels - they've saved a bunch of money on everybody else, what's wrong with getting a guy with #1 stuff to show they want to try and win next year, even if he ends up as a #2 or 3, at least it's somebody to join Myers, Wolf and the youngsters in the rotation after '06!

At 12:11 AM, Blogger gr said...

his whip was pretty good, but what's with all those HRs last year? 35 in 224 innings in chavez ravine? that's almost as many walks as he had. he'd be a good pickup for 7 mill. $10 is kind of steep. i'm convinced gillick wants to stay out of this free agent market because it will comeback to haunt him when he needs to sign brett myers or another pitcher down the road.

At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Verdeforce said...

Well, my preferred option is still wrangling a starter out of the BoSox or D'Backs for Michaels, but if Weaver sits out there long enough he might be more in the $7 to 8M range and at least be able to eat up a lot of innings and with all that new space in left field maybe homers won't be an issue - yeah, right.

At 12:21 PM, Blogger gr said...

would you rather have weaver or matt clement? i didn't relaize clement was 31. clement made $6.5 mil last year and is obviously available.

At 6:52 PM, Anonymous verdeforce said...

They are somewhat similar big righthanders, but Weaver is younger and able to put up more innings than Clement and he would be locked up longer which can be a blessing or a curse. He also wouldn't cost Michaels, who still may be needed this year. I really would be happy with either of them because they would join Myers and Lieber at the top of the rotation. One may end up begetting the other, since if Boston signs Weaver, that would ease the sending of Clement for Michaels. Also, Clement hopefully would be more likely to stay if he's successful since he's a local.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger gr said...

i think i'd prefer weaver, even at the larger pricetag. he did throw 224 innings last year and that's pretty nice. if theretically we sign him, i'd be curious to see what happens with michaels, since he's still technically expendable. i can't see him accepting another year as a 4th outfielder. he's got to be one of the best 4th OFs in the league and between burrell, rowand and abreu, how much time could he possible get, outside of injury? victorino essentially subsumes him as a 4th guy and allows the phils to possibly use roberson as a 5th. they get younger and more inexperienced, but something's got to give.


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