Would You Buy A Used Relief Pitcher From This Man?

    People who know me know I’ve really soured on Ruben Amaro, Jr. I am not saying this was always the case. I was with most fans in rejoicing the fact we got Halladay and Lee, etc. and I am not going to blame Amaro for giving up prospects in order to try and win the World Series. So I am not being hypocritical in that sense.  Before this season began I said that it would show what Amaro is made of because he was really going to have to try and fix the team. He did not do a good job.

  David Murphy wrote a good article today about this subject. More specifically it is about how Amaro tends to overvalue players possibly because the Phillies rely too much on subjective scouting and not enough on objective stats. He uses Delmon Young as an example, but makes the point this has become a pattern with Amaro. I would have copied and pasted the relevant section here, but for some reason it is not working. I also like the fact Murphy points out that stats and scouting are not mutually exclusive, which is true.  Anyway, since I couldn’t copy and past, you can read it here. Amaro should get one more year to fix this team. Maybe we can actually have a bullpen next year.

If we were talking about a one-time error in judgment, it would not warrant this level of inquiry. But the decision to designate Young for assignment on Friday came 2 days after the Phillies did the same with Laynce Nix, who did little to alter his reputation as a part-time player who hits home runs and not much else after Amaro and Co. gave him a 2-year contract before the 2012 season. It came in a season where Michael Martinez reached 2 years of major league service despite a career batting line of .191/.240/.269 (to go with his average baserunning and defense). It came in a season when the Phillies signed Chad Durbin to a major league deal despite his diminishing stuff. It came 1 year after they did the same with Chad Qualls, 2 years after they gave 2 years to Danys Baez. These were all relievers in their 30s with declining strikeout rates who ended up performing as those types of relievers tend to.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20130812_Why_Ruben_is_misfiring_on_talent.html#Y7OgsGIKY18RWK7T.99

 

If we were talking about a one-time error in judgment, it would not warrant this level of inquiry. But the decision to designate Young for assignment on Friday came 2 days after the Phillies did the same with Laynce Nix, who did little to alter his reputation as a part-time player who hits home runs and not much else after Amaro and Co. gave him a 2-year contract before the 2012 season. It came in a season where Michael Martinez reached 2 years of major league service despite a career batting line of .191/.240/.269 (to go with his average baserunning and defense). It came in a season when the Phillies signed Chad Durbin to a major league deal despite his diminishing stuff. It came 1 year after they did the same with Chad Qualls, 2 years after they gave 2 years to Danys Baez. These were all relievers in their 30s with declining strikeout rates who ended up performing as those types of relievers tend to.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20130812_Why_Ruben_is_misfiring_on_talent.html#Y7OgsGIKY18RWK7T.99
If we were talking about a one-time error in judgment, it would not warrant this level of inquiry. But the decision to designate Young for assignment on Friday came 2 days after the Phillies did the same with Laynce Nix, who did little to alter his reputation as a part-time player who hits home runs and not much else after Amaro and Co. gave him a 2-year contract before the 2012 season. It came in a season where Michael Martinez reached 2 years of major league service despite a career batting line of .191/.240/.269 (to go with his average baserunning and defense). It came in a season when the Phillies signed Chad Durbin to a major league deal despite his diminishing stuff. It came 1 year after they did the same with Chad Qualls, 2 years after they gave 2 years to Danys Baez. These were all relievers in their 30s with declining strikeout rates who ended up performing as those types of relievers tend to.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20130812_Why_Ruben_is_misfiring_on_talent.html#Y7OgsGIKY18RWK7T.99

 

If we were talking about a one-time error in judgment, it would not warrant this level of inquiry. But the decision to designate Young for assignment on Friday came 2 days after the Phillies did the same with Laynce Nix, who did little to alter his reputation as a part-time player who hits home runs and not much else after Amaro and Co. gave him a 2-year contract before the 2012 season. It came in a season where Michael Martinez reached 2 years of major league service despite a career batting line of .191/.240/.269 (to go with his average baserunning and defense). It came in a season when the Phillies signed Chad Durbin to a major league deal despite his diminishing stuff. It came 1 year after they did the same with Chad Qualls, 2 years after they gave 2 years to Danys Baez. These were all relievers in their 30s with declining strikeout rates who ended up performing as those types of relievers tend to.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20130812_Why_Ruben_is_misfiring_on_talent.html#Y7OgsGIKY18RWK7T.99
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3 thoughts on “Would You Buy A Used Relief Pitcher From This Man?

  1. Amaro has definitely not done a great job. He’ll wear that Ryan Howard contract around his neck for the rest of his professional life.

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