Monday, January 23, 2006

Michaels for Rhodes Near Completion?

The very latest:

Both Ken Rosenthal and the Philadelphia Inquirer are reporting that the Philadelphia Phillies are set to acquire LHP Arthur Rhodes as compensation for sending OF Jason Michaels to the Cleveland Indians. Rhodes is a 36 year old lefthanded reliever who is owed $3.7 in 2006 - the last year of his current contract. I believe the Pittsburgh Pirates are still on the hook for some of his '06 salary per the conditions of a prior trade, but the amount they owe is unclear at this time. Rhodes pitched for Phils GM Pat Gillick when Gillick was in charge of both Baltimore and Seattle.


Anonymous braveswin said...

It seems that Gillick is bringing over another one of his favorites. Rhodes in Philly for one year to give a chance for Madson to be in the starting rotation.

With Rowand on board, Michaels became the expendible player. Plus, It didn't help his cause with the off the field antics. The Phils look hard pressed to make the Madson thing work.

10:44 AM  
Blogger XXX said...

I hate to say it, but I agree with much of what you said - nothing personal, of course, I just think there are a lot of negatives about the Phillies involved with this deal. Gillick bringing in his old guys is not welcomed (unless he brings Ichiro to Philly of course). Michaels cop punching incident also had a lot to do with his potential move - more so than has currently been reported, in my opinion.

I still would rather see Michaels on this team than a marginal relief pitcher - Michaels does a lot for the bench on his non-starting days plus he would have been a fine option to fill in in case of injury to any of the 3 starters (Rowand does have a bit of a reputation as a guy who will run into walls, that could catch up to him physically at some point). Victorino should be able to handle the job, but, as this rumored deal currently stands, I still believe the Phils have a weaker 25 man roster if they make the move than if they just stood pat for now.

1:33 PM  

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