January 2010

Arbitration? What’s that?

With the signing of Carlos Ruiz to a three-year contract worth $8.85 million dollars and the earlier signing of Shane Victorino to a three-year deal worth $22 million dollars, the Phils have signed all four players that were originally arbitration eligible.

Last Friday the Phils announced that they had signed their center fielder, Shane Victorino, to a three-year, $22 million dollars deal, which buys out the final two arbitration years and his first year of free agency. Victorino, who, in 2009, batted .292 with 39 doubles, 13 triples, 10 home runs, 62 RBIs, and 25 stolen bases, will be with the ballclub until 2012. He and the Phils both hope that he will build on his success in both 2008 and 2009.

Carlos’ deal involved three years worth $8.85 million dollars, with a fourth-year club option worth either $5 million dollars or a $500,000 buyout, plus performance incentives based on games started, pending a physical. As with Victorino, the signing take care of the remainder of his arbitration years plus, possibly, his first year of free agency. In 2009, Ruiz batted .255 with 43 RBIs and a career-high 9 home runs. Although he has batted .246 in four years with the Phils, he is a .303 hitter during the playoffs.

There is also a report that the Phils have signed Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies pitcher Jose Contreras to a one-year deal worth about $1 million dollars, to add him to the presently weak bullpen. Contreras, if he has been signed, will most likely be taking Chan Ho Park’s position in the bullpen as long reliever and spot starter. In 2009, for the White Sox and the Rockies, Contreras went 6-13 with an ERA of 4.92 in 28 games (23 starts), striking out 106 batters while walking 53 in 131 2/3 innings of work. Career-wise, he is 71-63 with a 4.61 ERA.

Two to go as Blanton signs a three-year $24 Million extension

The Phils can now concentrate on signing to new contracts Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino as they have just signed Joe Blanton to a three-year contract extension worth $24 million dollars. Blanton, who went 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA in 31 starts in 2009, will be paid $7 million in 2010, and $8.5 million in both 2011 and 2012.

With Blanton’s contract signing, the Phils starting four is now set up to 2012, unless one of them is traded. Roy Halladay is the number one starter, Cole Hamels no. 2, and Joe Blanton and J.A. Happ as either the no. 3 or 4 man, depends on how they do during the season(s). With Jamie Moyer coming off of post-season surgery, the no. 5 position for the present season presently being up in the air, to be settled during spring training.

Okay, Ruben, time to sign up Ruiz and Victornio.

Two to go as Blanton signs a three-year $24 Million extension

The Phils can now concentrate on signing to new contracts Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino as they have just signed Joe Blanton to a three-year contract extension worth $24 million dollars. Blanton, who went 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA in 31 starts in 2009, will be paid $7 million in 2010, and $8.5 million in both 2011 and 2012.

With Blanton’s contract signing, the Phils starting four is now set up to 2012, unless one of them is traded. Roy Halladay is the number one starter, Cole Hamels no. 2, and Joe Blanton and J.A. Happ as either the no. 3 or 4 man, depends on how they do during the season(s). With Jamie Moyer coming off of post-season surgery, the no. 5 position for the present season presently being up in the air, to be settled during spring training.

Okay, Ruben, time to sign up Ruiz and Victornio.

One down, three to go, as Phils sign Chad Durbin to a one year deal.

The Phils have avoided arbitration with Chad Durbin as they sign him to a one year deal worth $2.125 million contract. Durbin, last year, went 2-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 59 appearances for the National League champs.

The Phils still have arbitration cases pending with Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton. Hopefully they will come to some agreements with the three before pitchers and catchers report for spring training.

 

One down, three to go, as Phils sign Chad Durbin to a one year deal.

The Phils have avoided arbitration with Chad Durbin as they sign him to a one year deal worth $2.125 million contract. Durbin, last year, went 2-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 59 appearances for the National League champs.

The Phils still have arbitration cases pending with Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton. Hopefully they will come to some agreements with the three before pitchers and catchers report for spring training.

 

The MLBlogs Latest Leaders List for 2009 has been posted, and…

Phillies Red Pinstripes ended up at no. 43 among the 57 fan blogs that were listed for 2009. Which mean that I had dropped some from my no. 24 ranking in 2008. But, hey, I’m not complaining. Just means that I have to work harder in 2010. Anyway, here’s the entire list as posted at MLBlogs.com.

Update: The list is now up to the top 100. And five are Phillies fan blogs.

Say hello to each one, will you:

Fan Blogs

1. Confessions of a She-Fan  
2. Red State Blue State  
3. Julia’s Rants  
4. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk  
5. Rockpile Rant  
6. The Future Blog of the Red Sox  
7. Phillies Phollowers  
8. I Live for This  
9. FutureAngels.com  
10. Rays Renegade  
11. Pick Me Up Some Mets!  
12. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball  
13. Yankees Chick  
14. I’m Not A Headline Guy…  
15. A Diatribe from a Journalism Student  
16. Counting Baseballs  
17. The ‘Burgh Blues  
18. Indians, Cardinals, and Tigers! Oh my!  
19. Eat, Sleep, Baseball  
20. Unfinished Business  
21. THE BOSTON RED SOX BLOG  
22. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…  
23. Plunking Gomez  
24. Baseball Cleats & Shoes  
25. LA NACION MEDIAS ROJAS  
26. King of Cali  
27. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential  
28. Cambios y Curvas  
29. Statistician Magician  
30. The 1 Constant  
31. Passion & Pride Collide  
32. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in  
33. The Diamond Diva  
34. All Baseball All The Time  
35. King Yankees  
36. Flair For The Dramatic  
37. Hook, Line Drive, & Sinker  
38. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog  
39. A Misplaced Astros Fan  
40. The Closer  
41. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer  
42. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees  
43. Phillies Red Pinstripes  
44. The Pittsburgh Peas  
45. The Watercooler  
46. sittingstill  
47. Baseball Canadiana  
48. Everything Baseball  
49. Yogi Brewer  
50. Cardinal Girl  
51. Bottom of the Ninth  
52. The Brewer Nation  
53. The NYC Autograph Collector  
54. Linea de Primera  
55. A Bite Off The Big Apple  
56. A Girl’s View of the Brewers, and Other Related Baseball Things  
57. cat loves the dodgers
58. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page  
59. The Season Experience  
60. Ranger Rumors  
61. Baseball Bats  
62. We’re talkin Homer, Blue Jays and MLB  
63. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts  
64. The Rumor Mill – MLB Rumors  
65. Redbird Chatter  
66. More Cowbell
67. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant 
68. This is what the girl thinks…. 
69. Ted’s Take 
70. Angry Fan’s Baseball Fix
71. Red Sox Nation Daily  
72. Hitless Wanderings in Texas   
73. Baseball’s Hottest Wives   
74. District Boy  
75. MLB in the eyes of a 14 year old  
76. Up in Section 360  
77. Prose and Ivy 
78. Perfect Pitch 
79. Yawkey Way Yaker 
80. For Love of The Game 
81. Twins Limey  
82. Hello Halos! My View of the Big A   
83. Sports Propaganda   
84. Bringing Diamond Back(s)  
85. Bleeding Pinstripes  
86. The Squad  
87. Dodgers Trends 
88. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World 
89. Outside the Phillies Looking In 
90. The Golden Rule 
91. New Mexican Yankee Fan  
92. Mets’ Main Man   
93. Pinstripes in the Bronx   
94. Art of the Pale Hose  
95. Go Redlegs!  
96. When it Rains it Pours  
97. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball 
98. El Casillero de los Medias Rojas 
99. How ‘Bout Those Phils? 
100. Wrightoholics

It’s now official. Scott Eyre is retiring.

Phillies’ reliever Eyre retires

Veteran pitcher leaving game after 13 seasons in Majors

01/07/10 2:46 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA — Scott Eyre already has his summer plans.

He is loading the family into an RV and heading West.

“We’re just going to drive through Utah, Oregon, Yosemite, Idaho,” Eyre said. “We don’t have anything planned. It’s my wife, my two kids and four dogs in an RV.”

Eyre, 37, will not be playing baseball this summer. He said in a telephone interview Thursday with MLB.com that he is retiring after 13 seasons in the Majors. He finished his career 28-30 with a 4.23 ERA in 617 appearances with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Phillies.

Eyre helped the Phillies win the 2008 World Series and the National League championship in ’09. He also helped the Giants win the ’02 NL pennant.

Eyre had said after Game 6 of the 2009 World Series against the New York Yankees that he would play for the Phillies in ’10 or retire. He had minor elbow surgery following the season, which indicated that he wanted to play.

Eyre asked for the same $2 million contract he had in 2009, but the Phillies offered a Minor League deal. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday that they probably had finished negotiations with Eyre, but Eyre said Thursday that even if the club had offered a Major League contract he likely would have retired.

“I had most of this retirement thing planned out,” Eyre said. “I think even if he would have offered me a better contract I still don’t think I would have taken it. My family took a trip to Disney before Christmas. We stayed in the RV. We didn’t even go to the amusement parks. We fished. We hung out. It was fun. The more time I spent with the kids at home the more I realized I wanted to hang out. I’ve played long enough.

“I go out playing in back-to-back World Series. I won one of them. I lost two of them. I’ve been to three, so it’s not like I didn’t accomplish anything in my career. I pitched in a whole bunch of games and had a lot of fun doing it.”

Eyre went 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in 42 appearances last season with Philadelphia. He joined the Phillies in August 2008 after a trade with the Chicago Cubs. He went 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 19 appearances down the stretch. Because of his performance with the Phillies the past two seasons, Eyre acknowledged that it hurt a bit not to receive a Major League offer, but he also said he understood why he did not.

“I do understand Ruben’s point of view,” he said. “I’ll be 38 in May. I’ve pitched in a lot of games. I’ve had elbow issues. I had the surgery to get it fixed, but nobody really knows if it’s going to work or not. I can’t guarantee it’s going to feel great when I’m snapping off sliders. So I really do understand why he held back. He’s trying to protect the organization in case I get hurt. It made the decision a little easier, but I don’t think it would have swayed it.”

Of course, Eyre said it will be strange to be at home in Sarasota, Fla., when Spring Training starts next month.

“Every day I think about what I’m going to miss,” he said. “I’m going to miss going to the clubhouse. Being with the Phillies, I’m going to miss seeing Chad Durbin sitting at his locker doing the crossword puzzle. I’m going to miss watching Brad [Lidge] read his biblical books in his locker after batting practice, eating the biggest sandwich I’ve ever seen anybody eat. I’ve talked to guys about it. I talked to [Jon] Lieber about it. Basically, you miss the camaraderie with the guys. And the Phillies’ clubhouse is great. That’s one of the reasons why Cliff [Lee] didn’t want to leave. It’s one of the best clubhouses you could be in. I don’t care what anybody says about theirs. I’ve been in a few of them. This is one of the best. I never once said, ‘I don’t want to go to the field today.'”

Eyre, who said he could see himself broadcasting in the future, joked that he will have to bum a few tickets off Amaro this summer.

That shouldn’t be a problem.

“I hope not,” Eyre said. “I’d like to be part of the Phillies franchise in some way, some day. But for this summer, I’m just going to hang out.”

H/T Phillies.com

I knew it when Eyre said that he was going to stay a Phil or simply retire he meant every word of it. I was doubly sure of it when he had to have surgery on his elbow. Anyway, thanks for being a Phil, and helping get the Phils into the World Series. Twice. I wish you luck on your future endeavours and that you have a good time in retirement with the wife and kids.

 

The Hall of Fame has come calling and…

Has just announced that they have elected Andre Dawson with 77.9 of the votes or 420 of the 539 ballots. Dawson, who spent 21 seasons (1976-1996) in the majors playing mainly both center and right field with the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals), the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins, batted .279 while amassing 2774 hits, 438 home runs and 1591 rbis, was an eight time all-star (1981-83, 1987-91), won the gold glove eight times (1980-85, 1987-8), won the silver slugger award four times (1980-81, 1983, 1987), won the National League MVP in 1987 and the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1977. Dawson will be inducted into the Hall on July 25, along with manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey, who were both elected last month by the Veterans Committee.

Congratulations on finally getting into the Hall, Andre.

I would like to wish everyone a belated…

Happy New Year.

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