Philer Up! Amaro under the microscope…


I am trying to get to the bottom of this. Is Amaro a bad GM or a good one?  Most will say he is a bad GM. They will say that he ruined the farm system and can’t develop players. He resigned/over paid for aging players. His free agent signings and trades made little sense at times. To an extent this is all true.

The farm system is depleted other than few players. So forget the trade for   Giancarlo Stanton. They would have to trade the entire Double-A team to get him. That is probably still not enough. The way he has handled the Dom Brown situation has been awful.

Yes, Ryan Howard is overpaid right now; I get it (5-yr $125M). He would have received even more in the open market though. Trust me. You get paid for what you did in pro sports a lot.  At that time Howard’s numbers were off the charts. Was Galvis ready to take over for Rollins at the time the Phis resigned him? No, though Galvis might be ready now. Jimmy’s 3-year $33 million contract, with a vesting option for a fourth year is really not that bad.

You can definitely question some of his signings Chad Qualls (1 year $1.15 million) and Danys Baez (2 years $5.25 million) for example. Some might want to throw in Durbin and Delmon Young in there all ready. I will never understand the Cliff Lee trade to the Mariners. Never.The Phils and/Amaro can spin it all they want. I could write about every move that Amaro has done but I figured just to point out some. I am not trying to persuade you to one side or another on Amaro. To be honest with you, I think Amaro falls right in between Good and Bad. Here a few of  the big trades and how the prospects are doing.

Roy Halladay

Phillies trade Kyle Drabek, Travis D’arnaud and Michael Taylor to Toronto Blue Jays for Roy Halladay; sign Halladay to three-year, $60 million contract.

Halladay– A CY Young, a perfect game and a No-hitter in the playoffs. Enough said.

Drabek/D’arnaud/Taylor-Drabek has had TWO Tommy John surgeries and is 8-15 with a 5.34 era in the MLB. Taylor has become a journeyman in the minors. Has a total of 11 MLB games. D’Arnaud was trade to the Mets. He has yet to make it to the majors. He is ranked Baseball America’s #23 prospect after the 2012 season.

Cliff Lee 

Lee and Ben Francisco to the Phils for Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald, Jason Knapp and Lou Marson.

Lee/Franscisco- Lee has been a fan favorite since day one, with his “kid” like approach to the game. He also can pitch a little bit too. Francisco did hit that three-run bomb in the playoffs.

Carrasco/Donald/Knapp/Marson- Carrasco has been injury prone and is 10–16 with an era of 5.16 in the MLB. Donald is currently in the Reds minor league system and id utliy player at best. Knapp was released by the Indians due to an injury and is out of baseball. Marson is hurt and is currently the backup catcher to Carlos Santana.

Roy Oswalt.

Oswalt for J.A. Happ, Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar.

Oswalt– He went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA the year the Phils acquired him.  Plus, Ed Wade gave the Phils $11 million to help pay the $23 million price tag of Oswalt. Thanks Eddy!

Happ/Gose/Villar. Happ is a fifth starter at best. Currently is 2-2 with 3.98 era for the Blue Jays. Gose as a 21-year old played in 56 games in the 2012 season. He had a .223 average, 1 home run and 11 RBIs in 166 at bats, along with 15 stolen bases. He is currently in the minors. Villar is hitting .314 so far in Triple-A for the Astros.

Made sense at the time, though this one might hurt…

Hunter Pence.

Pence for Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart, Josh Zeid and Domingo Santana.

Pence– He became and a fan favorite over night. As quick as he became the fan favorite, that is how quick he fell out of favor. Hey, Lets Go Eat..

Singleton/Cosart/Zeid/Santana– Singleton (Rated #27 Prospect BA) hit .284 with 21 homers and 79 RBIs in 131 games in Double-A last season. He is currently suspended for 50 games due to his second failed drug test (smoking weed). Cosart is 3-0 with a era 2.63 in Triple-A for the Astros. Zeid is 2-0 with 2.19 era in Triple-A as well. Santana as a 19 year old, hit .302 with 23 bombs and 97 rbi, in Single-A last season.

Like I said before, Amaro has done some bad things and has done some good things. He basically falls in the middle of BAD and GOOD. We call that AVERAGE right?


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