“Stoking The Fire” On Trade Deadline Chat In The MLB: It Is Decision Time!

Ruben Amaro JR and the brass of the Phils have to face the facts - and start dismantling their team before they lose any relevant value

Ruben Amaro JR and the brass of the Phils have to face the facts – and start dismantling their team before they lose any relevant value.  Philadelphia sits perched in the basement in the NL East, miles away from .500 – and continents away from a post season berth in 2014.

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Ruben Amaro JR. should be fired for his lack of trade deadline movement, for not having knowledge on how OBP works, and basically for assembling a team that is near the bottom of the league despite having a huge payroll.

Someone also needs to tackle all management and ownership, to explain that selling off assets when you are atrocious in a year will not have you seen in a lesser light by your fanbase. It is good business.

You are the Phillies, It is a chance to replenish the organization with assets…It is not like you won’t re-spend the cash you will save – and likely you will become younger in the process before the 2015 campaign.

Philadelphia should be thanking the lucky stars that a lot of their offensive pieces are actually playing decently, so their value may be higher than it was in 2013.

Bare minimum is to trade everyone you can, I understand even if you want to keep Chase Utley and Cole Hamels

These guys can bridge the gap to the next wave of success, and Ryan Howard isn’t going anywhere with the albatross contract, but he can at least hit near league averages with his power..

Marlon Byrd, Kyle Kendrick. Antonio Bastardo, John Mayberry JR, Jimmy Rollins, Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett, Ben Revere and Jonathan Papelbon should all be on the trading block.

By virtue of completing any deals with these guys, plenty of dollars will be freed up – and you could receive some decent prospects in return.

Then in the off year, you could make serious runs at players like Jon Lester, Ian Kennedy, Justin Masterson, Asdrubal Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Ervin Santana and so forth.

The inactivity of this franchise doing anything could set the team back 2 or 3 more years.  As they age, their value on lessens. 

With Tampa Bay jumping back into the race, you have the most assets to move – and it is a seller’s market. Don’t be foolish….

The Mariners should think about re-acquiring Kendrys Morales for a pitcher in Tacoma right now.  The DH hit well for the PAC NW club - and could provide great backup for Robinson Cano.

The Mariners should think about re-acquiring Kendrys Morales for a pitcher in Tacoma right now. The DH hit well for the PAC NW club in 2013 – and could provide great backup for Robinson Cano.

Seattle, maybe you should call Terry Ryan. and offer one of your pitchers in Tacoma for Kendrys Morales in Minnesota.  This guy helped you immensely last year.

Like Chuck Booth so aptly put in yesterdays column about the M’s hitters – the production from the DH slot is historically bad, and should be addressed.

If management missed the boat on acquiring some help, all should be fired for inept talent evaluating. 

Among stupid moves was re-signing injury prone Franklin Gutierrez, and then backing it up with Corey Hart and Logan Morrison.

You should take stock from San Diego, that bringing in a team that has a history of facing DL stints is not the way to build a team.

I love Ibanez, but it is sad to watch this guy struggle at the plate so much this year.  I personally believe he may be good NL pinch hitter, or even a 40 man roster guy, however to be seeing a decent amount of AB for a so-"called 'contending team" is not wise in my view.

I love Ibanez, but it is sad to watch this guy struggle at the plate so much this year. I personally believe he may be good NL pinch hitter, or even a 40 man roster guy, however to be seeing a decent amount of AB for a so-“called ‘contending team” is not wise in my view.

I will also rip Kansas City once again for continuing employment for Raul Ibanez.  How bad is this season, that you are hoping a 42 Year old guy will rescue you.

I must say that the Yankees might as well go for it now that traded for Chase Utley.  Empty the bank vault with another $25 – $35 MIL, as you can’t fall under the Luxury Tax Threshold, so you should spend all of the insurance cash you will receive from all of the rotation being hurt.

The Reds need to make a few deals pronto, but at least they are being smart about it.


With one of the best winning pedigree's, prognosticators are placing heavy value on this team that has appeared in 8 of the last 13 NLCS's, and also 4 World Series in the last 10 years, including 2 of the last 3.  Being 2.5 games out in the NL Central, while having Yadier Molina out, and still being the favorite to win the division by gambling sites, seems weird.

With one of the best winning pedigree’s, prognosticators are placing heavy value on this team that has appeared in 8 of the last 13 NLCS’s, and also 4 World Series in the last 10 years, including 2 of the last 3. Being 2.5 games out in the NL Central, while having Yadier Molina out, and still being the favorite to win the division by gambling sites, seems weird.

Has anyone had a worse last 11 days than the St. Louis Cardinals?

Mike Matheny has seen his team lose 2.5 Games in the Standings to the Brewers, saw Adam Wainwright and Pat Neshek give up all 5 runs in the ALL – Star Game, lose Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia to injury.

For the record, Wainwright was put through the hopper a little too much for his Derek Jeter‘s comments, but he broke the rule of speaking at the wrong time.

Now the Red Birds franchise has been exemplary in the last 14 years, but to think they don’t need some help on the trade angle is wrong.  They are simply depending on their young guys too much.

We have said a lot on this website about the club having a hard time replacing all of the guys they have lost since winning the 2011 World Series.

The Seattle Mariners in 2002 – 2003 were in a similar boat.  That club lost Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey JR. and Alex Rodriguez (1 per year from 1998 – 2000), yet still rode the Ichiro Suzuki 2001 campaign to a MLB record tying 116 wins.

Much like the Cardinals have seen Chris Carpenter and Jake Westbrook retire, Albert Pujols, Carlos Beltran, Lance Berkman, Kyle Lohse, and all coaches except Matheny leave.

The team is depending too much on the young players, and a lot of them are hitting the wall most 2nd or 3rd year players do when the league makes adjustments on them.

The offense has been depleted of power, and no Yadier Molina for the next 2 – 3 months.

Maybe they are content with riding out the 2014 season, however Wainwright (excuse the last 10 days) is still pitching all worldly, and you have so many prospects to dole out in a potential deal for front line hitting or pitching help.

Some of your young guys will not pan out, it is just what the odds say.  It may be time to borrow from one of your assets, to help out where your club maybe lacking.

Again, the team may miss the playoffs outright for this point to be made.


If the Blue Jays can get their lineup healthy, they still have a chance to end 21 year playoff drought.

If the Blue Jays can get their lineup healthy, they still have a chance to end 21 year playoff drought.

I actually think Toronto is doing the right thing by not adding any pieces yet for the stretch run.

The best news this franchise has seen, is that New York continues to overspend, and will not go below the Salary Tax Threshold, meaning they will have a tough time attracting Free Agents, when they will dinged with a 50% payroll tax in 2015 as well.

Also Boston seems to be broiled in a pending contract duel with Jon Lester, and will likely say goodbye to the LHP after this year.  This information has opened the window for the Jays and Orioles to also win during 2014 and 2015.

In the same process is the thought Tampa Bay will trade David Price before the 2015 – regardless if it is in the next week, or in the offseason.

There is no way the Rays can pay the man $20 MIL for his 2015 Arbitration Award. Price has been filthy dominant, so he should see a record in a cash compensation ruling for next campaign.

Even Baltimore will be considerably less dangerous with Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy hitting the open market after this campaign.

The Orioles have found a way under Buck Showalter to compete, and they have a nice look at it in 2014, but Toronto could usurp them at full health either this year or next.


Hosted Wild Card game in the AL last year, ended on a 10 game winning streak.

Hosted Wild Card game in the AL last year, ended on a 10 game winning streak.

The Royals finished the last 81 games of 2013 (47 - 34) - and have the kind of pitching to go on a lenghty run this year (as their 11 game win streak in June showed). if they catch the wave at the right time, they could edge all for the 2nd AL Wildcard Slot.

The Royals finished the last 81 games of 2013 (47 – 34) – and have the kind of pitching to go on a lengthy run this year (as their 11 game win streak in June showed). if they catch the wave at the right time, they could edge all for the 2nd AL Wildcard Slot.

Look for the Indians and Royals to come on strong for the 2nd Wild Card slot in August and September. 

The Twins and White Sox will be severely paralyzed competitively if they both pillage their rosters in trades.

Yes Seattle has Texas and Houston to contend with as well, however they also have to deal with the top 2 clubs in the AL with Oakland and Los Angeles on the other end of the spectrum.

Cleveland and Kansas City both had great last 2 months in 2013, and could see a repeat in 2014. 

Detroit will likely nail down the Division early, but both clubs will have chance to win 86+ games, which may get them into the playoffs.

The National League races will be more entertaining on the Division level.  A few days back, all of them were tied up.

The Pirates should also add as many veterans as they can for their payroll without sacrificing anyone currently from their MLB roster..

The Reds and Cards having injury trouble could mean the Brewers and Pirates fight for the NL Central crown in 2014.

The Reds and Cards having injury trouble could mean the Brewers and Pirates fight for the NL Central crown in 2014.

I think the Reds and Cards actually may fall off a little, and it could be Milwaukee and Pittsburgh that duke it out for the NL Central.

The two Wild Card positions will be another dogfight.

You have to think the NL West and NL East have the advantage for the slots, with significant cupcake teams in the Divisional schedule in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, San Diego, Colorado and Arizona to pilfer wins from.

The NL Central teams could knock out each other for every team that is not the winner.  It is all based on “Division Strength of schedule”.

The Dodgers, Nationals, Giants and Braves should all be the benefactors of a weighted Division Schedule in the last 1/3rd of the campaign.

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