Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Borowski Not A Phillie

Maybe I'm crazy, but I think this offseason has gone just about as well as anybody could have expected to this point - no trade of Pat Burrell (yet), solid signings of mid-level players that plugged holes like Adam Eaton in the rotation and Wes Helms at third, and major long-term financial problems averted every time the Phils get rejected (i.e. Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Lee both heading elsewhere for big bucks). The trend continues today...Joe Borowski flunked his physical with the Phillies this afternoon, thus negating a potential multi-year with the club:

According to the sources, the Phillies were prepared to sign Borowski when a team doctor examined the results of the physical and advised against giving the pitcher a multiyear contract.

You just gotta love how the Phillies were bailed out from making a bad decision by a wonky shoulder. Now my position on paying for bullpen arms in today's market is probably pretty clear by now (just in case you are new, I'm against it), so I'm obviously more than okay upon hearing this news. Giving Borowski a multi-year contract would have been a mistake. That said, this news isn't so bad:

Borowski's agents, Ron Shapiro and Michael Maas, continue to field one-year offers from several clubs. It's believed they haven't ruled out resuming negotiations with Philadelphia.

It's not so much that I like the idea of Borowski being on the Phillies under any circumstance at all (though a one-year deal is a heck of a lot more appealing than a "multiyear" deal), it's more that I think bringing Borowski in would satisfy the Phillies seemingly insatiable appetite for veteran bullpen arms - I'd hope that a Borowski signing would be enough relief insurance for the Phils to instead begin to turn their attention to, I don't know, figuring out who is going to be their rightfielder next year.


Blogger skeeter said...

Agreed. Having Borowski for anything over 1 or 2 years could be rough. I'd take him for one year but relievers are so inconsistent that I won't be suprised if he has a bad '07. It's all about the money and he is apparently commanding top dollar.
As long as whoever we sign doesn't turn out like rhodes.

8:09 PM  
Blogger GM-Carson said...

1 year wouldn't be too big a risk, anything more and you're asking for trouble.

6:26 AM  

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