Winter Meetings At Half-Way Point

In the first two days of the Winter Meetings, the Phillies have been seeking out bullpen help, so far to no avail.  It now appears unlikely that they will be able to sign back Chan Ho Park due to differences of opinion, although he is not yet ruled out.  Scott Eyre is also in limbo since his elbow surgery.

With the revelations that Brad Lidge, JC Romero and Jamie Moyer may not be ready for Spring Training after their off-season surgeries, the bullpen is becoming more and more of a concern.  Moyer may go back to the starting rotation, but that remains to be seen.  Either way, with these players unavailable, this leaves a big hole in the back end of the pen unless they find players to fill the gap.

Gload.jpgThe Phillies did pick up another bench piece late last night, signing former Marlins outfielder, Ross Gload to a 2-year deal.  Gload hit .261 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 230 at-bats with the Marlins.  He turns 34 years old in April but the real head scratcher here is that he is a lefty.  With a line-up that is loaded with lefties, it is curious to me that they would not sign a righty.  But as usual, the method to the Phillies madness is not always clear.

It does seem that Baseball America understands the madness to a certain degree.  They named the Phillies the Organization of the Year for 2009, which was announced at the meetings yesterday.  This award is given each year to the organization that excels in both the major leagues and minor leagues with improving their teams and developing talent.  Now let us see how much of that young talent the Phillies can hang onto while attempting to sign players for the 2010 season.

Starting pitcher Roy Halladay seems to still be in the rumor mill for the Phillies as well as several bullpen pitchers.  But Halladay will command a huge salary for 2010 and the Phillies are quickly running out of money.  That means if they choose to go after him, someone else will likely have to go. 


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The latest rumor is that Joe Blanton could be moved, but as most rumors, there is no way to know how credible the information is.  My guess is that Halladay, with 1 year and $15.75 million dollars left on his current contract, is not a real possibility.  The expense is too great and there is no guarantee they can sign him past that one year.

It is more likely that any big moves will take place later in the off-season.  However, with two days left of meetings, anything can happen.

By the way, this is my 500th blog entry on MLBlogs!  People often tell me I never shut up, but who knew? 

A few other associations for the number 500 are:

  • Many NASCAR races often use the number 500 at the end of their race names.
  • An Italian car, the Fiat 500.
  • An HTTP status code for Internal Server Error.
  • An SMTP status code meaning a syntax error has occurred due to unrecognized command.

So, I am either a totally awesome Italian race car, or just an annoying computer error.  Either way, thanks for reading! :O)

Blanton photo: Jenn; Gload photo: Miami Herald


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  1. Jane Heller

    Big round of applause for your 500th post! That’s quite a milestone. Isn’t it amazing how all these rumors surround Halladay? One minute I think he’s going to the NL, the next to the Yankees, Red Sox or Angels. I can only imagine how unsettling this is for him!

  2. latetothegame

    Hi Jenn,

    The way you throw those protocol errors around I’d think you are a computer professional! Are you?

    In any case, you’re my favorite mlblog!


  3. raysrenegade

    And we never saw the white flag before the checker during your 500th lap around the MLBlogs course.
    Congrats on a numero 500-o, and we know there is at least 500+ more in you.
    Seriously, I still think you guys have the trade parts that could hook Halladay in an instant if Toronto wants to pull the switch.
    Hopefully it will all be over soon as we can relax and enjoy the holidays..Then start it all over again full blast.

    Rays Renegade

  4. phillies_phollowers

    Jeff, I know, I was sad they broke the Pen off at the All-Star break :O( Hope they do it again this year though!
    Jane, yes my head is spinning with the Halladay stuff! Bet his is too.
    Ed – Thanks so much :O) And yes, I am a computer geek. But my real jobs are teaching, freelance writing & photography. I tinker with the computer in my spare time ;o)
    Sue, thanks…I always wanted to be a rock star…LOL
    Rengade – Seriously…all the rumors make me nervous. Need to get it over with already!
    Babu – I heard that too…and JA Happ and Joe Blanton…they are all making me dizzy!

  5. devilabrit

    Congrats on the 500th, do you have tired fingers yet,how many words do you think you have typed into your blogs during those 500 entries… wow… the Phillies I think have time to solve the bullpen woes, I hope anyway… still it’s a concern..
    Outside the Phillies Looking In

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