12/17/09

Halladay, Cliff Lee, Metstradamus, THT... and Clint Everts

7 comments

Roy Halladay

Halladay is a terrific pitcher, but it's just not clear that the Phillies have improved themselves much for 2010, and it's quite possible that they've put themselves in a far worse position for 2011 and beyond. Halladay will make $15.75 million next year -- $6 million paid by the Blue Jays -- in the final year of the deal he signed with Toronto. Cliff Lee will make $9 million next year, so the cost difference to the Phillies is negligible. The Phillies then signed Halladay to a three-year extension at $20 million per season that will carry him through age 36, and there's a vesting option worth another $20 million for 2014. If Halladay is healthy enough to reach the innings-pitched threshold for the option to vest, we're talking about a five-year, $90 million deal in total, which is a lot of money for a pitcher -- an admittedly great one -- who is already in his mid-thirties. Nevermind that the Phillies had to trade Lee just to get Halladay to the table to sign the extension. Add in the fact that the Mets didn't have anyone like Lee to trade for Halladay in the first place and I just don't get how you can denigrate them for failing to make a similar deal. - amazinavenue


Cliff Lee:

Montreal Expos traded Lee Stevens, Brandon Phillips, Grady Sizemore and Cliff Lee to the Cleveland Indians for Bartolo Colon, Tim Drew and cash considerations.






Metstradamus:

I am contractually obligated to tell you that the Mets have signed Ryota Igarashi. I don't know who he is. But from all I've read about him I can tell you who he's not: The Greg Maddux of Japan like Satoru Komiyama was. Or the Tom Glavine of Japan, the Steve Carlton of Japan or even the Danny Graves of Japan. He hasn't been compared to anybody to get our hopes up so they can mercilessly be torn down at the first home run he gives up to Chase Utley. - metstradamus 


The Hardball Times:

The problem is that trade markets aren't perfect. If they were, a lot more trades would happen throughout the season. So if you have Wood and Longoria on your team and you've found an owner with Chipper Jones who now wants to trade for Wood, he's going to give up a lot less for Wood in the world where he can't turn around and trade Jones immediately. Of course, you could try to trade Wood to the owner suffering with the previously replacement-level Blake, but he may be out of town (mentally or literally), or unwilling, or Blake's kid nephew or whatever. Finding trading partners is hard, and sometimes you just have to be happy to find someone willing to give you anything for a player who's almost surely going to stay on your bench. What's more, the player you get in return for Wood (say, Geovany Soto, for some reason) would have more value to you if the catcher on your roster that he was replacing was also easily tradable. But he likely won't be—you might even just have to cut him even though he was above replacement level. - THT


Clint Everts:

Mets signed RHP Clint Everts to a minor league contract. Everts, a former first-round pick of Omar Minaya in 2002, posted a 1.65 ERA in 44 relief appearances between three levels in the Nationals' organization last season. His career fell off course after Tommy John surgery in 2004, but it looks like Everts has finally found a home out of the bullpen. It's a minor move on the surface, but he has plenty of upside. - rotoworld.

7 comments:

Teddy Dziuba said...

Mack, don't forget who the mastermind behind the Bartolo Colon trade was...

Even the best GM's miss out on a hidden gem in their minor league system and let them go only to see them flourish elsewhere...but how can someone miss the boat on THREE top prospects IN THE SAME TRADE. Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, and Grady Sizemore for a half season's worth of Bartolo Colon...The Nationals should seriously thank Omar Minaya for setting their system's development back 10 years

Mack said...

Good catch.

I was hoping someone would pick up why I put that in my "mets Five Pak"...

It figures it was you :)

Mack

Anonymous said...

Why so high on this guy?

Almost half his K's were in A ball last year...Nice K numbers in AA but tempered with his walks total.

and although he had only 10 innings in AAA they were pretty bad... 11 walks 14 hits?

Sounds like former 1st rounder hype...

Mack said...

1. he was a killer out of school

2. had TJS

3. Came back strong last year after surgery...

Nasty...

Just watch...

Mack

Anonymous said...

He had TJ in 05..not 08

He may be nasty but also wild.

Still pretty young but imo will certainly need to prove it in AAA first.

Good signing hope youre right but he really only has had a limited amount of innings at AA after 7 years in the minors.

Mack said...

oh yeah...

one more thing...

he's gentleman enough to write or talk to me with his name

Mack said...

that's it for the no names...

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