Originally posted by AllTimeGreat:
Originally posted by TexasNiner:
This is a great deal, and even better than people think.
No one is talking about the fact that we got Ben Francisco as well. In not quite full time duty last year he hit about .270 and 19 HRs. With Philly's lineup and park, if he played every day, he could easily ahve at least 25 dingers.
In the short term, this is a huge upgrade with the right handed bat off the bench that the Phils needed. And in the longer run, could be protection for when Ibanez's age or injuries catch up with him and/or when Werth leaves as a FA.
Combine that with not giving up any of our elite prospects, getting a guy almost as good as Halliday, but who makes half as much and is 2 years, younger, and this is a steal of a trade.
Plus, with Pedro and Brett Meyers potentially ready to contribute in a few weeks, our pitching staff could be crazy deep. Espcially if the guys on the DL from our bullpen return to form as well. (If not Pedro or Meyers may take over in some fashion.)
I am beyond thrilled with this trade. Even more so than if we had landed Halliday, but had to give up Happ and our best prospects to do it AND we still needed a RH bat.
I agree with everything you said. Like I've said multiple times in this thread, this is an excellent deal for you guys. They get a very good pitcher to solidify your rotation for this year and next, and you don't mortgage your future by giving up your 3 top 25 prospects.
Phillies are my second favorite team (not just because of the world series, there are family ties) so I'm excited too.
Yeah, I'm super excited about the post season now. I'm going to see the Phils play a few games against the Astros in September, and it should be that much better now.
It's such a treat to finally see the Phils not only doing well, but being a consistantly good team who is willing to make the right moves to be competitive with the window they have.
After so many years of having the 9ers be great and Phils dwelling at the bottom of the NL, it's great to see them having such a strong run.
Now, if can just get Pat Gillick as a special advisor to the Yorks, we may be in business.