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Old July 31 2013, 12:09 AM   #479
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Re: MLB Season Discussion - 2013

Timby wrote: View Post
Ruf is kind of odd in that he's 27 and only has 29 games of major league service time under his belt. I like his ability to draw walks, but that strikeout rate is toxic (and has been for his entire career), and his power stats have been ridiculously erratic for the past few years. His BABIP is also hilariously unsustainable.

That being said, he's cost-controlled (isn't even up for arbitration for another two years) and it's not like he's embarrassing himself at the plate or in the field, so there's no reason for the Phillies not to ride him for a while and see what they've got -- it's not like they're making the playoffs this year.
Which is why I'm in favor of him getting a shot. He can't be any worse than Howard has been, and it's not as though there are any other options available.

Timby wrote:
In other Phillies news, they've apparently gone to Michael Young about waiving his no-trade clause, and he has said he'll only accept a trade back to the Rangers. If Jon Daniels gives Ron Washington his favorite toy back after going through all the trouble of getting rid of him in the first place, I will laugh my ass off. (Bonus Ruben Amaro, Jr., hilarity: Young had a partial no-trade clause in Texas before his 10 / 5 rights kicked in, but would have been uncovered had the 10 / 5 been broken; Rube agreed to add a contractual full no-trade clause in as one of the concessions to get Young to waive 10 / 5. And now he's trying to dump that contract.)
Amaro has been nothing less than a disaster as GM. If the Phillies don't do anything else this off-season, they need to fire him and bring in someone else. Manuel should go, too. I don't blame him for the mess the organization is in (that's Ruben's fault), but he is at fault for being too loyal to his guys (Howard, Utley, Rollins) when it was obvious they weren't getting the job done. I suppose Howard and Utley deserve something of a pass because they were battling injuries, but Rollins hasn't been right since his MVP season of 2007, yet Manuel hasn't had the stomach to bump him from the lead-off spot.

I hope Young is moved. He should never have been acquired in the first place, but that's Amaro overestimating his team's ability to contend. Yes, Young should go, as should Lee as soon as Ruben finds a deal he likes (who knows when that could be?). I'd also be in favor of moving Utley were it not for the fact that his contract comes off the books this winter.

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