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Tuesday, December 20, 2005


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for million dollars, it's worth a shot. with the market the way it is, it's not out of the question that he could get 2 or $2.5 mill. he hasn't been healthy in 2 years though and chances are, the docs told the sox "don't bother." one million to the sox is even less money than it is to the phils.

at this point i think im willing to embrace anything on the pitching front, lets throw a bunch of arms into the mix in spring training and see what happens. maybe the phils will actually get lucky for once

Ugh. Haven't we done enough of the let's-give-him-a-year-and-see-what-he-can-do?

Miller may be too long a shot but we need somebody...I thought this Houston Chronicle article was interesting:

Especially this part: He [Dayton McLane] would not discuss specifics, but it has been clear that acquiring an outfielder is a priority. Philadelphia's Bobby Abreu is among those on the Astros' radar. Other teams have inquired about closer Brad Lidge. Also mentioned but less likely to be involved are starter Brandon Backe and relievers Chad Qualls and Dan Wheeler.

"There are two to four (trades) that we're talking about right now," McLane said. "One of them is really exciting, but I have no idea what will happen. We're ready to do it. It's a matter of getting it done."

What about Backe in the 4th spot in the rotation and Qualls setting up Flash?

JW: Does the Damon signing now potentially open up the possibility of a Manny for Beltran trade which then further may open up a Bobby to Beantown trade (Marte, Shoppach, and so on)? Just curious of your read.

MPN: Don't know. I haven't been keeping up with Beltran for Manny, actually it's the first I heard of it. Who would the Mets have for center field then?

JW: Presumably Lastings Milledge or, more unlikely, Tike Redman. I don't think the Mets will get any takers on Kaz Matsui and Benson, so if they want Manny they are going to have to free up some salary (even their platinum card has limits), and Beltran would by the biggest chunk of salary, presumably, they could offer.... as Cliff Floyd allegedly doesn't want to go back to Beantown. Obviously this is all speculative... but there were Beltran rumblings after the season.

To all of you that suggest trading Abreu at the deadline sounds good, I assume you believe the Phils will be out of the chase by then. Maybe they will be but you can trade him now (at the peak of his value) and get the pitching so we are not out of the chase come mid-summer. Get some pitching and hope Utley takes his place offensively.

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