I guess we’re going to have to get used to big money for mediocrity. Reading this article here from the Daily News, Ervin Santana wants $100 million and Ricky Nolasco $80 million. Santana had a nice year last year-ERA of 3.24, but the year before that? Over 5.00. Nolasco is looking for less, but his performance is less, too. He had a decent year last year, but it was the first time he had a sub-4.00 ERA in five years.
This is what happens when you have teams with a lot of money and few good free agents on the market. All teams will get an extra $20 million+ to spend due to a recent national TV deal. I think the smart teams will not flush it down the toilet on mediocre players.
Strangely, Ryan Lawrence leaves out Dan Haren in his list of top free agent pitchers. He’s actually the guy I would target if I were the Phillies. Lawrence does make an interesting suggestion in AJ Burnett and Tim Hudson. I would consider them, especially Burnett.
Mark Trumbo’s name was floated again, which I don’t understand. I know he is a proven 30 HR guy, but why give up talent to get him (of which the Phillies have little) when Darin Ruf would probably give you the same power with a higher OBP if he played a full year?
As I’ve said all along, the Phillies will have to make at least one trade this off-season. They cannot improve enough through free agency alone. Dom Brown should be available, and I would even consider trading Jesse Biddle if the right player is available. Of course, Cliff Lee should be considered as well for the right trade.