The deal between the Phillies and Roy Halladay is pending the outcome of a morning physical and will reportedly take the right-hander through 2013. The Phillies will also get $6M from Toronto and three prospects through an interrelated trade with Seattle involving Cliff Lee. Some thoughts ...
As the Beerleaguer barometer continues to sway toward the pessimistic side, here are a few words of encouragement on Doc Halladay, as expressed by former Phillies pitching coach Joe Kerrigan, who repeatedly called the 6-6 right-hander "an animal" this morning on 610 WIP radio. Kerrigan, who observed the former Cy Young winner many times from the opposite dugout, painted the picture of a fanatical competitor, a fitness zealot, a gym rat determined to achieve peak physical form while wearing his intensity on his sleeve for all to see. Besides a breaking ball, everything Lee can do Doc can do better: fewer walks, longer outings, more strikeouts, more grounders, more consistency. The key is that everything arrives down in the zone, including a hard, power sinker right-handers can’t handle, to go with an out-of-this-world cutter, which can take the fat form of a curve, according to Kerrigan, or a small, darting slider. There. Isn’t that better?
Taylor flipped for Wallace? Buster Olney says the Jays will immediately deal outfielder Michael Taylor to Oakland for Ben Wallace. Here’s Beerleaguer maven, clout, on Wallace. “Wallace is one of the best hitting prospects in the minors. The question is his glove and if he moves to another position he becomes far less valuable. He combined for .293/.367/.455 with 20 HRs between AA/AAA last season. because being dealt to the A's he was Cardinals #2 prospect according to BA, just behind Rasmus. He's a heavy legged guy with an average arm, but I think he can be league average defensively at 3B. I think he'll hit .300 in the big leagues with 20-25 HR power.”
Rankings: Baseball America ranked the incoming Mariners prospects this way: RHP Phillippe Aumont (No. 3 in Ms system), OF Tyson Gillies (No. 20), RHP Juan (J.C.) Ramirez (No. 5). From what I gather, Ramirez, a late addition to the reports, has the most upside. Phuture Phillies had this to say: “I actually like Ramirez more than Aumont, mainly based on his also plus arm strength but his more fine tuned delivery. Like Aumont, he gets nice tailing movement on his fastball and couples it with a hard slider and a rudimentary changeup. Ramirez, signed out of Nicaragua, dominated the Midwest League in 2008, striking out 113 and walking only 38 in 124 IP. He was moved up to the Cal League this year, and the results weren’t good. As I detailed before, High Desert is one of the best hitting parks in all of baseball, minors or majors, and it appears to have gotten into his head"
Keith Law also says Ramirez has No. 2 starter potential.