Kaliph asks: Is it too late this year? I'm dreading Wade dealing away Howard for some starting pitcher who won't be able to single handily will the Phillies into the playoffs, let alone the World Series.
I think the firesale should begin in an effort to replenish our minor league system after being decimated by Wade in recent years with little to show for it. It's terribly sad that they don't even have an arm to replace Padilla.
J. Weitzel: Thanks for the question. Buyers or sellers has become the big question lately.
Here’s a concept the Phillies front office cannot grasp. Just because you deal away a veteran doesn’t mean you’re in "sell" mode.
Every team must fortify their future and cut cost somewhere, and it rarely hurts. One look around the rest of the league finds plenty of teams winning with young talent (Twins) or veterans on the cheap (Nationals), while older teams like the Phillies, Mets, Yankees and Giants, holding albatross contracts, are paying big money for very little production.
The Phils should seize any opportunity to get younger, and the easiest way is to keep existing prospects. The latest rumor says the Phils owners do not want Ed Wade to trade Ryan Howard, and I applaud that. Players like Howard and Chase Utley are future of this franchise, plus, they’re attractions on a team that’s grown too stale.
It seems fans are clamoring for more young guys: Howard, Madson, Utley. Personally, I’m more likely to buy a ticket now to see Utley and Howard than Polanco and Thome two months ago, and in my experience reading other sites and comments from fans, I’m not alone.
There’s no question, however, the Phils need pitching and won’t make the playoffs or get very far in the post season with the existing options. In light of their long-term contract situations, it’s time to bite the bullet and patch those holes with young players. I get the sense most fans do not wish to mortgage the future. That means Gavin Floyd, Madson, Robinson Tejeda or even Cole Hamels are all better options than Barry Zito, Jason Schmidt, etc.
It might be the long-term deal to Jimmy Rollins that finally tipped the scale. The team can no longer afford to add costly veterans.
Jason Michaels and the law
From an e-mail I received this morning from Beerleaguer reader Tom W., outfielder Jason Michaels should go to jail for assaulting a cop Saturday night. Along with Tom, I’m sick of athletes getting free passes. Sunday night’s incident outside a Philadelphia night club sounds like a bad case of beer muscles, but that’s no excuse.
The rest of us plain clothes would see real jail time for punching a police officer, and so should J-Mike. A cop's job is hard enough. They don't need hassle from privileged athletes.