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Singleton, d’Arnaud, Gose Among Amaro’s Mistakes

Former Phillies prospect Jonathan Singleton (Astros AA) is tagged out at second by Jean Segura (Angels AA) during the Futures Game on July 8. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Hindsight is and always will be 20/20 for the viewer.

A look back at four of the biggest trades Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has made will raise two opinions: 1) Amaro pulled some seriously big names from Cleveland, Toronto and Houston; 2) Amaro also depleted the Phillies farm system so much that it ranks near the bottom of baseball currently.

Let’s cut to the point: Jonathan Singleton (23), Travis d’Arnaud (19) and Anthony Gose (38) rank in the top 50 in Baseball America’s prospect list. The Phillies have none on that list.

For a while it’s bothered me that those three names are very close to being every day Major Leaguers with the potential to be very good mainstays in the bigs. It wasn’t until Matt Gelb went to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City to watch the Phillies past and future prospects play and wrote a fantastic piece this morning that I had to at least say something about it beyond an occasional tweet.

Let’s break down Gelb’s report.

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MNG: Roy Halladay

Player: Roy Halladay
Number: 34
Position: SP
Bats/Throws: R/R
Acquired: Acquired in a trade with Toronto for Michael Taylor, Kyle Drabek, and Travis D’Arnaud.

2009 Stats: (w/ Toronto) 17-10, 32 games, 239 IP, 208 K, 2.79 ERA, 1.13 WHIP

Intangibles: The Phillies got the best pitcher in the game when they traded for Halladay. He is a work horse and a game changer. He doesn’t walk a lot of batters and is a ground ball pitcher. Doc has a lot of diversity in his pitch arsenal. His fastball is in the mid-90’s, his sinker is in the low-90’s (making it a very dangerous pitch that fools batters and forces ground balls), and his cutter is his signature pitch. He also has a good curve and change-up.

Expectations: I think Doc will win 20 games this year and be a serious Cy Young contender. He’s pitching in a weaker hitting division and Cy Young winning pitchers that have made the switch to the NL have dominated in recent history (Randy Johnson, Johan Santana, and Cliff Lee). Now that he’s the ace of this staff, it will take a lot of pressure off the rest of the rotation and bull pen.

Manuel Misses Lee; Loses Weight

Uncle Chollie misses Cliff Lee already and wishes the Phillies would have held onto him to team up with Roy Halladay. In a perfect world, we wish it was possible.

“Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball right now. Lee is a tad behind him. Of course it would’ve been nice to have both of them,” Manuel said Tuesday. “It’d be good to have Halladay, Lee, (Cole) Hamels. I’d be looking good. I might even be buying more expensive furniture than the Mrs. has been buying me lately.”

In order to hold onto to Lee for the remainder of the season, the Phillies would have a high risk of losing him because they couldn’t afford to have three players with $18+ million salaries. The ability to extend and sign Joe Blanon, Shane Victorino, and Carlos Ruiz would be hindered by having Lee on the roster. They also would have no farm system as Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies would not be here to replace Kyle Drabek and Michael Taylor.

To add to the Manuel news (or subtract), our jolly skipper has lost 58 pounds, a great benefit to his health. I love Manuel and am glad that he is watching his weight and working on staying healthy. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was motivated by Ryan Howard at all, who lost 30 pounds going into last season and wound up getting faster.

“I feel very good. Of course, I’ve been on a diet, but at the same time I’ve been doing a lot of exercising … I feel a lot better than I did when I weighed 286. I looked at a picture of me (Monday) and my stomach was over my belt. I had a pretty big gut.”

Phillies Get Halladay in 3-Way Deal

12/16/09
3:10 pm – It’s official!: According to sources, the Phillies will hold a news conference at 5 p.m. to officially announce that they have acquired pitcher Roy Halladay from the Toronto Blue Jays and extended his contract through the 2013 season.

2:52 pm – Zolecki: Phillies officially announce that Cliff Lee has been traded to Seattle for Aumont, Gillies and Ramirez.

12/15/09
4:47 pm – Andy Martino’s tweet: Contrary to a report, J.A. Happ did not take a physical yesterday, and hasn’t lately in connection with any trade, according to team source

10:40 am – ESPN has it as a companion deal. Details: Phillies send Lee to Seattle for Aumont, Gillies, and pitcher Juan Ramirez. Then the Phillies send Taylor, d’Arnaud, and either Drabek or Happ to Toronto for Halladay and $6MM. They also reported that the Phillies and Halladay have agreed to a three-year deal.

12/14/09:
11:26 pm – It looks like this so far: Toronto gets Drabek, Taylor, and d’Arnaud from Philly; Philadelphia gets Halladay and $6MM from Toronto and Aumont and Tyson Gillies from Seattle; Seattle gets Lee from Philly.

11:15 pm – Phinally Philly posted a great recap of how Twitter started these rumors that sent Twitterers into a frenzy that glued them to the computers and phones, trying to get the latest information on the deal. Even I was glued to my Black Berry during my two classes trying to sort this mess out.

11:00 pm – Still know nothing but hearing rumors of getting Phillippe Aumont, the Mariners top pitching prospect who is supposedly very good. Could counter  the loss of Drabek.

8:30 pm – After names like Kyle Drabek, Travis d’Arnaud, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ, Anthony Gose, and a few more prspects being thrown around, I have officially given up on updating until something is truly final.

4:28 pm – confirmed that Taylor was dealt. This truly sucks and I’m not too pleased. Domonic Brown better be a stud.

4:21 pm – ESPN reported it now

4:19 pm – not certain if Lee is involved in trade or not now. Keeping posted on rumors that Michael Taylor is also involved.

Original Post:

And there you have it, folks. Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated just reported that the Phillies traded for Roy Halladay but payed a big price to get him. They have reportedly sent Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners. The M’s then sent three prospects to the Blue Jays who sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies.

Heyman’s report:

The Phillies are in agreement on a three-team trade with the Mariners and Blue Jays to acquire star pitcher Roy Halladay, SI.com has learned.

Sources say Halladay will agree to a contract extension to complete the deal.

It’s likelY Cliff Lee would wind up with the Mariners in the deal.

This is not final. They have only agreed. I will update if I can. Only have computer access until 4:30 and won’t be back until 6:00.

News 7/17/09

Howard belts 200th: article

Ryan Howard became the fastest player in MLB history to hit 200 home runs last night as he took Chris Volstad deep in the sixth to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead in which they won. It was his 658th career game, 48 fewer than Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner (706 games).

“That’s pretty cool,” said Howard, who was able to retrieve the historic ball. “It’ll hit me later on. I’ll kind of come down a bit later. It’ll be something I can look back on and just kind of cherish a little bit.”

Taylor called up to AAA: article

One of the Phillies top prospects, Michael Taylor, was called up to AAA Lehigh yesterday. In AA Reading, he was batting .333 with 15 homers and 65 RBI’s,

“It was the right time,” said Steve Noworyt, Philadelphia’s director of minor league operations, in regards to the Taylor promotion. “If you look at the numbers he put up last year at Clearwater and then he came here and never looked back. Let’s let it go now and see what happens.”

If you look at what he’s done over the last two years, he deserves it. He’s never really slumped and right now there is no rush. He’ll be a step away. If he does well, great. If he has to be a repeater next year, so be it. But it will be a nice chance to see what he can do for a month and a half.”

Knapp placed on DL: article

Phillies prospect Jason Knapp was placed on the 7-day DL with shoulder fatigue. For Class A Lakewood, he is 2-7 with a 4.01 ERA but has struck out 111 and walked just 39 in 85 1/3 innings. He gives up a lot of runs but he does shut down hitters too.

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