88 thoughts on “Box Score Roundup, 26 April 2011

  1. 1. OF – Domonic Brown (Clearwater) – Season begins on Wednesday with rehab assignment
    2. RHP – Brody Colvin (Clearwater)- (0-0, 9.00) DNP
    3. OF – Jon Singlteton (Clearwater)- (.306) –1 for 3 with a run, a BB and a K
    4. RHP – Jared Cosart (Clearwater) – (1-3, 4.03) – DNP
    5. RHP – Trevor May (Clearwater)- (1-2, 5.57) – 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB and 6 K’s
    6. C – Sebastian Valle (Clearwater) – (.250) – 1 for 5 with an RBI and a K
    7. LHP – Jesse Biddle (Lakewood) – (0-2, 5.54) – DNP
    8. RHP – Vance Worley (Lehigh valley) – (2-2, 2.78) – DNP
    9. OF – Tyson Gillies (Reading) – DNP
    10. RHP – Justin De Fratus (Reading) – (2-0, 4.32, 1 SV) – 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB and 0 K’s (BS)
    11. RHP – Julio Rodriquez (Clearwater)- (2-0, 2.63) DNP
    12. 2B – Cesar Hernandez (Clearwater) – (.160) DNP
    13. OF – Domingo Santana (Lakewood) – (.238) 0 for 5 with 2 K’s
    14. RHP – JC Ramirez (Reading) – (3-0, 1.33) – DNP
    15. OF – Aaron Altherr (Lakewood) – (.169) – 1 for 5 with a run and a K
    16. RHP – Jon Pettibone (Clearwater) – (2-0, 0.38) DNP
    17. C – Cameron Rupp (Lakewood) – (.186) – 1 for 4 with a HR and 2 K’s
    18. OF – Jiwan James (Clearwater) – (.254) – 3 for 6 with a 3B (1), 2 runs and a 2 K’s
    19. 2B – Harold Garcia (Reading) – (.300) Out for the season with a torn ACL
    20. RHP – Kevin Walter – Season hasn’t started
    21. RHP – Colby Shreve (Lakewood) – (1-2, 5.54) – DNP
    22. RHP – Phillippe Aumont (Reading) – (0-2, 3.12, 1 SV) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB and 3 K’s
    23. RHP – Michael Schwimer (Lehigh Valley) – (1-0, 3.72) – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB and 0 K
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (Reading) – (.381) – 1 for 7 with a run and a K
    25. RHP – Austin Hyatt (Reading) – (2-1, 3.00) – 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB and 2 K’s
    26. OF – Leandro Castro (Clearwater) – (.306) DNP
    27. OF – Miguel Alvarez (Lakewood) –(.175) DNP
    28. OF – Kelly Dugan – Season hasn’t started
    29. RHP – Josh Zeid (Reading) – (0-1, 5.74) – DNP
    30. RHP – Percival Garner – Season hasn’t started


    1B – Cody Overbeck (Reading) – (.350) 2 for 6 with a run, a BB and a 3 K’s
    3B – Geancarlo Mendez (Lakewood) – (.389) 2 for 5 with a 2 runs and a RBI
    SS – Freddy Galvis (Redding) – (.292) – 2 for 6 with a HR (1) and a BB
    OF – Joe Savery (Clearwater) –(.456) 3 for 8 with 2 RBI and a K
    RHP – Scott Mathison (Lehigh valley) –(5.79, 0-0, 1 SV) – 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB and 2 K’s
    RHP – Jordan Ellis (Clearwater) – (1-0, 0.00) – DNP
    LHP – Mario Hollands (Lakewood) –(2-1, 1.93) – DNP

    Former Phils prospects

    2B – Adrian Cardenas (Sacramento/AAA) – (.412) 1 for 5 with 2B and a K
    SS – Jonathan Villar (Lancaster/A+) – (.261) 1 for 1 with a triple
    OF – Anthony Gose (New Hampshire/AA) – (.185) 2 for 5 with an RBI triple, a run and 2 K’s
    OF – Michael Taylor (Sacramento/AAA) – Hasn’t played
    OF – Matt Spencer (Tennessee/AA) – (.313) 4 for 5 with a 2B (6), a 3B (1), a run and 2 RBI
    C – Travis D’Arnaud (New Hampshire/AA) – (.188) DNP
    RHP – Jason Knapp (Lake County/A) – Hasn’t played
    LHP – Josh Outman (Sacramento/AAA) – (0-1, 8.59) DNP

    1. Anyone know why Taylor and Knapp haven’t played? Neither listed as being on the DL on milb.com

      1. I found this on Taylor: “MLB.com reports that A’s minor league OF Michael Taylor is still at extended spring training in Arizona, as he is recovering from a sprained wrist. ” I think he had a tweaked calf earlier too. On Knapp I couldn’t find anything but if it continues to be his shoulder, I feel badly for him. I felt he had a ton of talent and was going to be a big star.

        1. I’m pretty sure that Knapp’s just being held back in extended spring training to limit his mileage. I’ll see if I can find anything else on that today.

  2. Derrick Mitchell nice second game tonight with a two out rbi double and throwing a one hop strike from center to Tim Kennelly to get a runner at the plate.

    1. Thanks for the observation, Rickey. He has been the biggest surprise to me this season (except maybe for Savery). Let’s hope he keeps it up.

  3. Several nice data points tonight – Galvis H R, few more hits for this Hewitt guy, May with a great line, Mathieson throwing 13 of 16 pitches for strikes. Who is this Buchanan guy? Is he a legit prospect?

  4. I know Aumont had a relatively bad outing (for the first time all year), but it’s hard to not get excited by just how many bats the guy misses. I really do think that, as he ages, the other stuff can be worked out and he will develop into a closer

  5. David Buchanan wants a trip to Florida for his birthday. He is not a K guy so an advance might be interesting.
    Geancarlo rolls on.

  6. Galvis continues to improve. He might even make it to the majors for a year or two.

    I know its a small sample size, and I know he doesn’t walk or hit for power, but his obp has improved from .220 in 09 to .276 in 10 and is currently above .300

    Might it just be that he was far too young for Reading and is maturing as a hitter.

    1. He will probably go from outside top 30 to top 5 if he keeps this up.. If he stays at ornear 280-300…. I’d put him 4 after brown, cosart, singleton

    2. I’ve seen Galvis in SPT the last 3 years and he always looked good, couldn’t understand why it never carried over to the regular season. Heard scouts say that he needed more strength to hit at the higher levels, so maybe through lifting and natural maturity he’s gotten strong enough to finally get it done. I guess will know for sure as the season progresses, as we know April is April.

    1. Probably not long. Difficult to get excited about a 22 year old at low A with a 23-3 K/BB ratio in 60 PAs. He’s actually hitting lefties fairly well though

  7. I’d love to see C-water in person with Brown, Singleton & Savery in the middle of the batting order! Next time you see them together will probably be in Philly (if Savery sticks as a bench player). It will be interesting to see how long it takes Dom to get his stroke back?

    1. If Raul doesn’t start hitting you may see Brown up by June playing right with Ben in left.

    2. I’m going to see them on Thursday, I’ll let you know how it looks! Hope brown is in LV soon.

  8. Galvis is starting to excite me…and I’m pretty cautious on prospects. If he can pan out as even a mediocre hitter, there’s a ton of value in that with his glove.

      1. It’s funny, every year there is one: last year it was Rizzotti, this year Galvis. In both cases we have players who are making legitimate improvements, and are fun stories to follow, but also in both cases we have players with massive holes in their games which will probably keep them from major league success.

        As for Galivs, stated simply he is not an ” excellent cheap alternative to the good glove no hit shortstop in Philadelphia.” Firstly, he would not hit even as well as Rollins is hitting now, and secondly, Rollins is still a better hitter than he has shown in a limited sample size this year. Even with optimistic projections for Galvis and pessimistic projections for Rollins, Rollins will OPS at least 50 to 100 points higher than Galvis*, field at least as well, and contribute far more with his speed. If Galvis learns to take a walk, and/or gets a little pop (even some doubles power and, say, 10 HR a year), we can start talking about him as a legitimate prospect for a regular role. Even then his ceiling is a quality regular on a contender – which would, indeed, be valuable – but the chances of reaching that ceiling are less than 5%.

        Galvis is more of a prospect than Rizz only because he fills a bench role better than Rizzotti.

        1. A major difference in Rizzotti and Galvis is the latter was in AA at a much younger age. I’m not that high on Galvis, but time could be on his side.

        2. Agreed. Galvis, even with his significant improvement so far, projects as a terrible hitter for a starter. At a minimum he would need to replicate his AA April at the Major League level just to keep a job.

          What I can hope for is that he will become a useful bench option as a great fielding backup. Unfortunately, that ability is not tremendously valuable and fairly replaceable. However, unlike Valdez, there is the possible upside because he is so young that he could gain some additional skills as a hitter.

        3. Let’s just hope the Phils do not spend 10 million a year for Rollins’ past success, because when he is healthy now, his hitting/running/defense combination is just not worth that much.

          1. I think he won’t get that much. And if he does, it will be a relatively short contract.

            That said, IMO his real ability level at this point is indeed quite possibly 10 million or higher. While I take Fangraph’s dollar value numbers with a huge grain of salt, even last year, missing a significant portion of the season and having a subpar offensive year driven by an uncharacteristically low BABIP, he was according to them worth 9.2 million. Unless you think that his performance this year is his new level of play*, he probably IS worth 10 million a year when healthy.

            Keep in mind that most likely the Phillies will have more evidence of his current ability level when they make the signing decision. If he finishes the year with a .650 OPS, then he won’t, and probably shouldn’t, get 10 million dollars per year

            *Sample size, sample size, sample size.

            1. I know I’m beating a dead horse, but EVEN IF YOU ASSUME that Rollins horrible performance this year is his new level of ability, this comparison is telling:

              Rollins (major league) 2011: 12 K in 91 AB, 11 BB in 102 PA, Galvis (AA) 2011: 12 K in 65 AB, 4 BB in 71 PA.

              So even 2011 “no hit” Rollins has better contact skills in the majors than Galvis has in AA, and MUCH better plate discipline. Of course neither has hit for much power, but I think we all can agree that Rollins is likely still better in that regard, and certainly not worse. And Rollins has 4 SB with 0 CS, whereas Galvis has 4 SB and 4 CS.

              So the idea that both of them are no hit SS, with Galvis being cheaper, is absurd. Even a declining Rollins (and again I don’t think his decline is as steep as his current numbers indicate – BA and OBP are probably about right, but he will hit for more power) is a much better hitter than Galvis.

            2. Yes, plenty to still evaluate, including if he can stay on the field much more this year, compared to 2010, and if his hitting decline continues. From a fan perspective, I assume most would agree he has been a fun (and good to excellent) player to watch for many years, but last year and so far this year that level of skill and entertainment has subsided. If this is his new norm, and he does not get re-signed, the question is who steps in for 2012. I hope it’s neither Valdez nor Galvis.

              And speaking of small samples, Rollins just hit an RBI-double!

        4. I don’t want to compare Galvis to Rollins becuase even doing so is ridiculous. However, and I’m a big Jimmy Rollins fan, there has to come a point when you look at his numbers offensively over the past several years, whether he’s been healthy or not, they are not numbers that are acceptable for someone hitting anywhere other than 7th or 8th in the lineup, maybe 6th as a stretch.

        5. I don’t think anyone is suggesting he is going to replace Jimmy Rollins any time soon.

          Its just nice to see him improving, and maybe he can help the Phillies out at the major league level someday, even in a Valdez type role.

          He is still ridiculously young and with his current level of improvement he should be batting well over .400 in a few years!

          On a serious note, I’d like to see PP’s opinion on him, I know he thought highly of him after 2009 at least from an age/level point of view

      2. Just a commentary on the most unproductive 3 hole hitter in the majors today—not a comparison to the Rollins that played a couple years ago. I wish Galvis would be as good as the Rollins of his early years.
        He seems disinterested at times which is odd for a guy in his contract year. He no longer busts down the line on ground balls.
        I think his mind is on a broadcasting career.

        1. Guess I mostly agree with that, though I’m maybe more optimistic about a rebound from Rollins than you are. Say .270/.340/.410 or close to it. Not 2007 but not bad. With his defense and speed, still quite a valuable package. Heck, even .260/.330/.390 would be fine.

          But I could be wrong.

          I don’t buy the disinterest/effort thing at all, though. The only area where his numbers are down significantly is power, and I have a hard time seeing that as a disinterest issue.

          1. And Rollins raises his slugging percentage 32 points and his OBP 9 points in 3 AB. Of course one game doesn’t mean much … but the fact that his OPS went from poor to respectable in one game just points out how absurd it was to draw significant conclusions from his first 23 games.

          2. Rollins’ lines over his last 1220+ PA’s: .250/.308/.402. It isn’t a small sample size any more.

  9. Ton of value with his glove, no, that is 1 tool, admitably an important one, but he’s best a late inning defensive replacement when hitting .265 with no power or walks, hardly a “Ton” of value. He wants to be a starter he needs a slash line of .255/.325/.350 IN THE MAJORS… which is basically his current line, only problem is, that’s his current line is when repeating at AA. He does have a pretty high average at the moment but one I would be shocked if he can maintain for the whole year.

    1. Of course, some people here are very high on him… so just to add, I will be excited when he hits for an OPS around .750 for a complete year. Then and only then will I be excited.

      1. What happened last night with our star bullpen prospects all with not so stellar outings? Schwimer De Fratus and Aumont better turn things around fast or they will get passed up. Chapman has already beat them to triple A with his strong month.

          1. Mr nowheels your right he has been and probably will be there for a while he’s already getting passed up by Stutes and chapman.

    2. I should clarify that I still think his upside is that of John McDonald or Wilson Valdez. When I say “ton of value” I mean as a utilty bench guy along those lines, not the next Jimmy Rollins.

    3. Galvis might be repeating AA but remember he’s still only 21. I’m not saying it’s going to happen for him but give him some more time, Utley as a 22yr old hit 257 at A+, 263 as a 23 yr old at AAA (he skipped AA), it wasn’t until his Repeat yr at AAA at age 24 did he hit 323 and that only for a short period of time before being called up. So don’t think if a guy hasn’t done it at age 21 that he’ll never get there. As Utley showed(also Kevin Stocker albeit for only a few seasons) some players hit better as they move up(people say the reason being the pitchers are more around the plate and not as wild ). By using Utley as an example I not saying that’s Galvis’s ceiling, just saying there’s still a lot of time for improvement and with his glove and position an OBP of 325 and a SP of 375( right now he’s 343 and 354) at the MLB level would be very acceptable.

      1. This, I think, is the more reasonable argument for Galvis, but still not likely. (1) Utley’s developmental path was quite unusual, and (2) Utley’s other offensive skills, BA aside, were from the start MUCH better than Galvis’, power especially.

        I think you would be hard pressed to find many players who had minor league performance comparable to Galvis’ who went on to become anything more than (very) light hitting glove men. Which 20 years ago would have been enough*, but isn’t any longer. .325 OBP and .375 SLG is probably the low end of what would be acceptable in the majors (I think the Phillies should aim higher), but his chances of maintaining even that at the major league level are slim. Note that the only reason that he is close to those figures in AA is that he is hitting almost .300 – he has only 2 extra base hits so far this season and only 4 BB. He’s NOT likely to hit .290+ in the majors.

        But hey, he could become a decent hitter (even if the probability is low) and I hope it happens for him.

        *although even there most of the light hitting shortstops with long careers at least added some speed, something that Galvis seems to be lacking.

  10. Brown in the line-up for Clearwater today, but no Singleton or C. Hernandez. Anyone have updates on those guys?

  11. If Galvis can hit .265 in the majors, he’s a starting SS. He doesn’t need to hit for power. He offers some speed and his plate discipline is improving. If Wilson Valdez played at his current level as a 23 year old instead of a 33 year old, he’d be a promising young shortstop. Galvis seems to be improving a lot at the plate, probably because of his physical maturation. With his relatively bigger frame for a shortstop, he has room to grow and should continue to improve as he gains strength.

    As far as Hewitt goes- we always knew he wouldn’t hit for 5-6 years. Maybe he’ll learn to play baseball eventually, after years of experience. Hope is low at this point, but he still has upside.

    Regarding Savery – I always liked him better as a hitter. He was the SEC batting champ. He needs to start fielding fly balls, because if he can play rf his value skyrockets.

    1. Absolutely, I just wish in hind sight they had done it 2 years ago… (regarding savery)

    2. Let’s see. His minor league BB rate is actually lower this year than his career rate. So no improvement there.

      Okay, assume a .265 BA in the majors (not a sure thing). Let’s be optimistic, that he maintains his career BB rate (slightly better than his current BB rate) and, say, his power numbers from 20010-2011 so far (better than his career power numbers). That’s .265/.307/.341. That’s not a starting shortstop for a contender, not even close, even if he turns out to be a gold glove fielder.

      1. I’d think Galvis starting in the majors would be contingent on improved plate discipline, in which case an all-glove SS might be expected to put up a line like this:

        .265 .342 .301

        “Not for a contender!” you say? That’s what Elvis Andrus* did for the Rangers last year. They contended a little.

        * I am NOT saying Galvis is Andrus, and recognize that the latter put up that line in his age 21 season at the highest level of professional ball. But the standard for shortstops’ offensive production is clearly changing.

        1. I re-enter the debate only because this is a decent argument and I like engaging decent arguments.

          Aside from your qualifier – and to build on that, people should look at Andrus’ minor league performance, significantly better than Galvis’ – I would make four points:

          (1) That is, indeed, the best realistic case for Galvis, as I think he is more likely to develop plate discipline than power. Keep in mind that he would have to essentially double his BB rate to get there.
          (2) Andrus was, I would argue, one of the weaker Rangers’ position players. Even a contender can afford one or two regulars who are of that caliber – last year his WAR was 1.1 – but you don’t build a contender around those types of players.
          (3) Andrus in his 2009 rookie year was a significantly better hitter.
          (4) The Phillies especially right now are going through a period with several positions with sub par hitting regulars. The last thing you want to do is accelerate that trend.

          All that being said, if Galvis can double his BB rate and hit over .250 in the majors, yes he will likely get a shot at a regular job for someone, even without power.

  12. Maybe not for a contender, but a starting caliber SS nonetheless. A team with solid bats elsewhere can tolerate a .265 hitter at SS if he’s an elite fielder. Actually right now there are only 8 starting shortstops hitting better than that. Of course many of those will boost their average, but a young gold glove caliber SS who hits .265 is a very valuable commodity, not a mere utility player. If he hits .230, that’s another story…but at .265, you’ve got something. Elvis Andrus hit .267 and .265 last couple years. Of course Rollins offers much more power and speed, but his career average is .272…

    1. You are focusing too much on BA. An empty .265 BA won’t start for anyone. A .265 BA with decent plate discipline or a little pop will. Keep in mind also that most of the other players we are discussing also have more speed than Galvis.

    2. There is another artificiality here that all of us, myself included, are ignoring. It is extremely hard for a player who doesn’t walk and has no power to maintain a BA of .265, even if he has good contact skills. Pitchers can pitch him differently than they would pitch a player who is a HR threat or who has good plate discipline.

      There is an exception to this, and that’s fast players who can leg out a hit. If you use baseball_reference.com’s season finder tool, there are actually a surprising number of players who combined low BB and low ISO with decent BA (about 2 regulars a year over the past 20 years). There are some decent players on that list (and some not-so decent players). But almost without exception they are players with far more speed than Galvis.

  13. Andrus has no power and doesn’t walk. Galvis will never hit well, but neither did Ozzie Smith(.262 career avg). There’s no point in using advanced offensive metrics for a player who’s value is mostly defensive.

    1. Your last sentence is simply, completely, provably untrue, and a team that relies upon that theory is throwing wins out the window.

      As for the rest, Andrus – last year at least – had a BB rate in the majors almost double what Galvis managed in the minors. Smith is an absurd comp on a number of grounds – he had good plate discipline (about double Galvis BB rate, of course comparing majors to minors), some doubles and triples power, tremendous speed (SB + Infield hits), and he STILL wouldn’t have had a long career if he wasn’t just a good defensive shortstop, but the best defensive shortstop of all times. And he hit in an era where the average offense from a SS was less (yes, we are moving slightly back in that direction, but the average SS in 2011 still hits much better than the average SS pre 1990).

    2. Ozzie Smith in his prime was a GOOD hitter. In Ozzie’s best five year stretch (1985-89) he had the best OBP among shortstops in all of the majors.

    3. That makes no sense. Advanced metrics? What is so hard to understand? Galvis doesn’t take walks and he doesn’t have speed. Even for the crowd that doesn’t realize it is not 1975 (and the offensive standard has changed) should be able to understand that. Freddy Galvis, with a batting average of 265, should not be a regular on any team that calls itself a contender.
      It is hilarious that some keep bringing up Ozzie Smith as a comparison for Galvis (or even Bowa for that matter). They were weak hitters in the 70s, but they were still better than Galvis . They took WALKS and were FAST.

  14. I certainly hope Galvis continues to improve at the plate. He is still very young (especially for a Phillies team that is slower than most to promote minor leaguers) and could make a significant jump in performance.
    As of right now, either Valdez or Galvis would be the starting SS for Phillies in 2012. From that perspective Galvis could be the starter for a contender. Both are acceptable fielders which seems like the first requirement for that position for many teams. (Janish is starting for the Reds.) But both would be black holes in the lineup offering little in power, walks, or speed. Hopefully, Galvis can improve on all of those as he matures while his defense remains top notch.

  15. Don’t forget the 10 million saved by starting Galvis at SS, which could be used to upgrade the significantly upgrade the offense at another position. It would take at least that much to acquire a SS who wouldn’t be the worst hitter in our lineup. With Chooch producing and payroll geared toward pitching, we can afford to start a great defensive SS who is mediocre offensively.

    1. I can see an incredibly sub-optimal situation where that was the best of several bad choices*. But a team who contends should never, ever under any circumstances want to rely upon a hitter as poor as Galvis (and he could just as easily hit .220/.250/.270 as he could hit .265/.307/.340) as their first option, no matter how good his defense is & how cheap he is.

      More specifically, Rollins IMO won’t get 10 million, and there is no guarantee that spending that money at another position is going to get you equivalent value.

      *i.e., if they can’t sign Rollins for a reasonable contract, AND if there isn’t a decent FA option, then maybe you consider Galvis. I hope it doesn’t come to that. I’d likely prefer Valdez in that unfortunate circumstance.

    2. If Jimmy walks next year, Valdez will be the starting SS as he’s still under team control.

  16. Savery needs to play the OF NOW due to his age to see if he has a future with the big club especially with the poor production from the Phillies current corner OF and the lack of quality OF in their system. Playing IB is a waste of time with Howard there. While the minors have some good young arms they are woeful at producing position players . Aside from Singelton , they have no future power hitting players.

  17. That’s fantastic. They need him to produce this year the way the Giants needed Buster Posey last year. If Brown can hit and Utley comes back and plays decently, you are looking at a completely different offensive team (yes, I know, a lot of “ifs”). That having been said, I still see Ruben Amaro pulling off a huge trade for a hitter at some point during the year.

    1. Agree Catch. Alot of ifs, but a productive Brown (which I think he certainly will be) and a healthy Utley will change the dynamic of the offense almost overnight. It’s still only April 27th, perhaps by June we have both in the lineup

    2. I still see Ruben Amaro pulling off a huge trade for a hitter

      If not then we need a new GM.

      And it had better be a wooow! type of hitter under 30 years old.
      Someone who can hit good pitching.

  18. Clearwater wins and Lakewood loses in afternoon games today. Dom Brown 2-4 with a homer in a rehab start at Clearwater. JRod gets the win to move to 3-0. Biddle with a rough start in Lakewood’s loss. Another 1-4 for Hewitt, raising his average to .230 in 61 ABs to go along with 24Ks, although only 2Ks in his past 16 ABs.

  19. Wow you guys were really going at the Galvis thing. I don’t wish anything bad for the kid but I’m betting he doesn’t see the MLB. If his offense was going to improve it would have flashed by now.

    I’m really hoping DB keeps up his progress and makes it back to Philly so we can get Ibanez out of the line-up. He would get the chance to play everyday and I would platoon Francisco and Ibanez in left.
    And while that is going on I want to know what it would take to get Carlos Quentin from the White Sox.
    And 1 other thing call the Brewers and see if they want to swap the cost certainty of Howards contract for Prince. However un popular that might be I’d do it right now.

  20. While I’m at it and enjoying the benefit of some hindsight we whiffed on a few off season moves that would really look good right now. How about the Cards taking a chance on Berkman to play in the OF? And to a lesser extent Francouer seems to have found some magic working with Seitzer.

    Those were both 1 year contracts that would have been cheap insurance for losing Werth.

    1. I was actually hopeful for a Francouer signing. Guy mashes lefties and has a cannon in right

    2. In hindsight Berkman makes sense. Two problems. Before the season he didn’t look like an upgrade over Ibanez or Fransisco. Also, Domonic Brown wasn’t hurt. There was no place for him to play.

  21. Man its really tough to say if Galvis will hit major league pitching. The shortstop positon has changed so much .years ago good glove men who didnt posses much power were on most teams. ozzie smith, bowa, de jesus, lots of them.I read where jimmy might look for 15 million a year. and he might want to go back to west coast. There I believe will be a couple of free agents shortstops out there with jimmy who, if i have to go that high would take over him. mostly because of age and potential

    1. Jimmy could look for 15mm per year, but I doubt he’ll find it. He’l be hard-pressed to get 10mm per in my opinion. He still brings great defense and offensive value, but 3yrs, 27mm seems more appropriate. Perhaps a 10mm club option with 2mm buyout. 3yrs/29mm guaranteed, I would be happy with an extension similar to those terms

  22. steve totally agree he shoulnt get over ten but didnt think werth was a eighteen million dollar player either, you just never know what a team will pay,and he won a championship he will take the best deal unless its real close.

  23. I’m as happy as everyone else is about Galvis’ improvement at the plate in the early going this year, but it’s a little premature to be fighting over whether he will/should replace Jimmy Rollins next year. Either the Phillies resign Rollins, or they’ll bring in someone else from outside the organization. Galvis is still a few years away, even under the best case scenario of his maturation process, and it is still way to early to be debating whether that’s what we’re seeing now. One cold week at this point in the season and he’s hitting .230 again and you all will be saying he’ll never amount to anything. He’s 21, still young for AA. I’m happy with marginal improvement. He won’t really get to his make or break stage until 2012-2013, and even at 24 in 2014 he’d still be well within the age range for a rookie. He’s got time. If anything, he’s a long term solution and we have the luxury of patience with him.

    No one’s talking about Trevor May’s performance–now that’s a real change of pace.

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