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Free agent Pat Burrell, the former left fielder for the 2008 World Champions Philadelphia Phillies, has just finished signing a two-year, $16 million contract with the 2008 American League Champions Tampa Bay Rays. Burrell, who, until signing with the Rays, has spent all nine years of his major league career with the Phillies, having a career batting average of .257, while hitting 251 home runs (3rd place in team history) and 827 RBIs (7th place) for the red pinstripes. Burrell will more than likely be acting as the Rays’ designated hitter, although he has said at one time that he would prefer playing in the field, thus keeping his mind in the game.
We’re going to miss you here in Philly, Pat, and I, for one, wish you success in Tampa, as long as it isn’t against the Phils.
Raul Ibanez is now officially a Phil as he passes his physical and has just officially signed his three-year deal with the Phillies for $31.5 Million dollars. With his signing, Ibanez will become the Phillies new left fielder, replacing Pat Burrell, whose lead off double in the bottom of the seventh inning in the rain suspended fifth game of the 2008 World Series would lead to the game’s winning run and the Phils winning their second World Championship in the team’s 126 years history.
Goodbye, Pat. Thanks for the nine years of helping the team become World Champs and I really do wish you luck in joining a new club. Just don’t sign with another team in the NL East, okay? ;)
Well, Jamie has finally re-signed with the Phillies, and for two years. What was the hold up, Ruben?
During the 2 pm progress report on Chase Utley’s right hip, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro announced that the Phillies have re-signed veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer to a new two-year contract. The 22 years veteran went 16-7 for the Phils in 33 starts, with a 3.71 ERA in 2008, being the team leader in wins. In a two plus month period, from June 6 to August 21, he would give up three earned runs or less to opposing team. The soon to be 47 years old, has a record of 246-185 in 637 games (548 starts) with a 4.19 ERA, tied for 47th place on the all-time Major League wins list, while being presently third among active starters, with the recent retirement of Mike Mussina of the Yankees and Greg Maddux of the Padres/Dodgers. Since joining the Phillies in mid-2006, he has gone 35-21 with a 4.33 ERA in 74 starts, with the team going 46-28 (.622) in his starts, while pitching the divisional pennant clinchers in both 2007 and 2008, and having a good start in Game 3 of the World Series which the Phillies would win in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the ninth.
Moyer’s re-signing means that the first four spots in the Phils’ starting rotation (Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Joe Blanton, Moyer) is now set, with the fifth and final spot now being an audition between Kyle Kendrick, J.A. Happ, prospect Carlos Carrasco and Chan Ho Park. Whether the Phils will continue to go after free agent Derek Lowe after signing Moyer and Park is a good question, especially when they should be looking out for a right handed power bat to help counter balance their recent signing of Raul Ibanez, and the obvious departure of Pat Burrell, to counter the presently loaded left-handed power of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. But such a signing would serve notice to the rest of the National League East, after the Mets’ signing of free agent closer Francisco Rodriguez and their trade with Cleveland for J.J. Putz to be Rodriguez’s set-up man to better their weak bullpen, that the Phillies will be looking to repeat as the National League Champions with a very strong starting rotation.
The Phillies continue contract talks with 22 years veteran Jamie Moyer, trying to nail him in with a two-year, about $15 Million dollars deal, partly explaining why the Phillies were still in Las Vegas, beside getting ready to sign Raul Ibanez. Talks between the Phils and Moyer has in fact increased since their signing of former Seattle Mariners outfielder Ibanez has all but ended the possibility of the Phillies resigning their free agent left fielder, Pat Burrell. If Moyer does resign with the team, it would mean a starting roster consisting of Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Joe Blanton and Moyer, with the fifth spot to be fought over between Kyle Kendrick, J.A. Happ, minor leaguer Carlos Carrasco, and Adam Eaton.
Correction, the battle for the final spot in the starting rotation has increased by one as former Dodgers Chan Ho Park has agreed to a one-year contract with the Phillies for $2.5 Million dollars, with bonuses that could push it up to $5 Million. With Park’s signing, the Phillies have added depth to the bullpen, while also adding another possible starter in the fight for the fifth and final spot in the rotation, if Moyer resigns with the ballclub. The 15 years veteran last year went 4-4 wiith a 3.40 ERA in 54 games with the Dodgers.
Hopefully this latest move will help the Phillies as they continue to see if they can get either Moyer or free agent Derek Lowe.
Phillies inked Scott Mathieson to minor league contract, sign Bruntlett and Condrey to one year deals, and send contracts to eight other players who are up for arbitration.
During the weekend, after signing Raul Ibenez to a three-year contract, pending a physical, the Phillies went towards locking in the ten players who they would be involved with in salary arbitration talks. They have concluded one-year deals with Eric Bruntlett, thus locking in the versatile infielder, as they will need him to help cover second base during Chase Utley’s rehab from hip surgery, and with Clay Condrey, their long relief pitcher. The Phillies have also offered contracts to Joe Blanton, Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson, Cole Hamels, Greg Dobbs, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth, in the process avoiding, as much as they can, the need to go to salary arbitration talks with each player, thus keeping them on the ballclub, one way or the other, through 2009. This, to me, sounds like a set of smart moves on the Phillies’ part, looking like they might have finally learn their lesson from past mistakes, depending, of course, on what they have actually offered the remaining eight arbitration eligible players.
The Phillies have also signed Scott Mathieson, a 24 years old pitcher who is still rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery, to a minor league contract, adding more depth to the organization, pitching wise.
Raul Ibanez, a left-handed free agent outfielder, has just signed a three-year, $30 Million contract with the Phillies, pending on him passing a physical. His signing, once he has passed the physical, will more than likely mean that the Phillies will no longer be persuing right-handed free agent outfielder Pat Burrell, while adding another potent left-handed bat to their lineup. Ibanez, who had spent the last five years playing for the Seattle Mariners of the American League, ended 2008 with a .293 Batting Average, 23 homers, 110 RBIs, a .358 On-Base Percentage and a .472 Slugging Percentage, would be replacing Pat Burrell’s 30 homers plus bat.
I will say this, I was not expecting Ruben Amaro Junior to actually pull off something like this, especially as he has been saying for the past month or so that pitching was the team’s number one priority, and that he works for a bunch of cheap skate owners. I don’t know, maybe the owners have decided to spend some money after all. If so, I hope this will turn out to be a good move for the team, although they should’ve gone after a rightie, to take some of the pressure off of their other lefties in the lineup, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. I’m going to give this signing the benefit of the doubt, for now. But, if it goes south in ’09, I’m going to be having a hard time not being a Phillies boo bird.
Oh, Ruben, by the way, about the pitching, are you still going after Jamie, or is Derek Lowe the one who is now in your sights? Or, is it both pitchers that you’re after now? Just checking, is all.
Phils re-sign lefty reliever Eyre
A late-season add, hurler helped in World Series title run
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
Looks like you got you wish, Scott. You’re still here in Philly. Now just have fun, dude!!!
PHILADELPHIA — Scott Eyre’s first rule in any situation, especially on the baseball field, is to have fun. He has lived that mantra every day he’s walked into the clubhouse.
“It’s written in my hat: ‘Have fun,’” Eyre said, upon joining the Phillies in August. “I like to laugh and have a good time.”
Eyre had so much fun with the World Series champions that he re-signed with them Monday, inking a one-year, $2 million deal, which also includes performance bonuses.
Acquired from the Cubs on Aug. 7 for Minor League pitcher Brian Schlitter, the 36-year-old southpaw went 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings. Combined, he went 5-0 with a 4.21 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings in 2008, holding left-handed batters to a .220 average and one home run in 50 at-bats.
Eyre provided manager Charlie Manuel with a key complement to fellow lefty J.C. Romero, allowing Eyre to face lefty batters earlier in the game.
Eyre immediately fit in a bullpen of unique personalities that consists of Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Romero, Clay Condrey and Chad Durbin.
For his career, Eyre is 26-29 with a 4.36 ERA for the White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants, Cubs and Phillies. (H/T Phillies.com)
One post-season contract signing down, two more to go (Jamie Moyer and Pat Burrell). You’re doing okay so far, Rueben. Keep up the good work.
The Phillies’ closer concluded, then, that he had no reason to hasten for the exits.
“Where better than Philadelphia?” Lidge asked.
Lidge will have three more seasons to pursue that goal with the Phillies. The pitcher agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million contract extension that will run through the 2011 season, the team announced Sunday.
The deal includes a 2012 club option, as well as performance incentives.
“This was an easy decision,” Lidge said.
Working for $6.35 million in the final year of his current contract before looming free agency, Lidge has gotten off to the best start of his career, with a 0.77 ERA through his first 35 appearances. Coming into Sunday, he’s one of two full-time closers in the Major Leagues, along with Mariano Rivera of the Yankees, to have not blown a save this season.
Lidge has been the anchor in the Phillies’ bullpen, which has a National League-best 2.74 ERA. His devastating slider/fastball combination has produced 47 strikeouts in 35 innings.
Talk of a long-term agreement seemed to begin Nov. 7, 2007, the day Lidge was acquired by Philadelphia from Houston with Eric Bruntlett for Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary and Michael Costanzo. Talk continued through Spring Training and accelerated with each save Lidge recorded this season.
Adding to his resolve, Lidge said, was his feeling comfortable and being welcomed by his teammates, coaches and front-office personnel.
“I knew right away that this would be a good opportunity for me to play for a team that’s competing every single year to go to the playoffs, to win a World Series,” Lidge said.
Francisco Cordero signed a four-year, $46 million deal with Cincinnati during the winter, a contract believed to have set the market rate for elite closers like Lidge and potential free agent Francisco Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Philadelphia got ahead of the curve by signing Lidge before he could test free agency.
“There’s a marketplace that’s been put in place,” assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “With the Cordero signing, and other signings that have been out there, they’ve helped build a framework for it.”
Lidge underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee last October. He also had to have arthroscopic surgery Feb. 25 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee suffered during Spring Training.
Still, Lidge looks back at those hurdles as a blessing in disguise.
“The path that got me here wasn’t exactly perfectly straight,” Lidge said. “There were some ups and downs along the way. But I think that experience is going to make me better, even from here on out.” (H/T Phillies.com)
So, the silent morons have finally done something right for a change. It’s about time, I think. Now that they have Lidge locked in for a few years, how’s about doing the same with Howard, Hamels and Burrell? It’s only fair, people, especially with Howard and Hamels!!!!
Originally posted February 1, 2007:
Well, the Phils have just signed Brett Myers for three years at $25.75 million today so that they won’t have to go to arbitration. I am very happy to hear that since it means that there’ll be one less person for the Phils to worry about, money wise, before spring training.