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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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Grading The Trade Deadline

Pitching proves to be an important commodity and that's why Roy Oswalt topped the Phils to-do list. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

By Chris Bengel

Ruben Amaro Jr. will always be scrutinized for every move that he makes for the rest of his career.  Once again he silenced the critics for the time being.  Amaro acquired an ace starting pitcher for the third time the span of a year.

Amaro pulled off another blockbuster with the acquisition of Roy Oswalt.  He shipped lefty J.A. Happ along with prospects Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar to the Houston Astros for Oswalt.  The Phillies pulled the wool over Ed Wade’s eyes once again.  Wade also agreed to pay $11 million of Oswalt’s current salary.

Clearly this was a move that needed to be made.  Outside of Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels, the Phillies have gotten little consistency from their starting pitching.  Once again that will bring the, “Amaro should never have traded Cliff Lee,” argument.  Let’s move on from Cliff Lee shall we?

Roy Oswalt voiced his displeasure and wanted out of Houston.  Amaro knew that he needed to sure up his starting pitching.  With the current rotation, the Phillies may not have been able to make a run deep into October.  Oswalt helps to add yet another ace to the rotation.  Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt  may be the best top three in the baseball rivaling the San Francisco Giants rotation.

Oswalt is having an off year but he was on a struggling Houston Astros ball club.  He was 6-12 with a 3.42 ERA with the Astros this season.  However his career statistics are much more eye-popping.  Oswalt is 143-83 with a 3.25 ERA in his 10 year career with the Astros.  He is a big game pitcher and has been the ace of the Astros staff for many years.  Coincidentally Oswalt has something that even Roy Halladay doesn’t have: postseason experience.  Oswalt boasts a 4-0 postseason record and an NLCS MVP award which he earned during the 2005 postseason.  He has also finished in the top five in National League Cy Young voting five times during his career.  His credentials are very self explanatory.

It was a good move for the Phillies and came relatively cheap.  Sure Happ is a fine young pitcher and did finish second in Rookie of the Year voting.  I feel that he only translates as a third or fourth starter in the rotation.  He also is 26 years old proving that he may not improve much more as he obtains more seasoning in the big leagues.

From the prospects side of the trade, Gose and Villar are highly touted prospects but are only 19 years old.  It is impossible to know whether they will be legitimate major league contributors.  Gose is considered to be very raw with elite speed.  Villar has a rocket arm and projects as a nice infielder.  But these prospects can not be counted on as much as a guy like Oswalt who has been a great pitcher.

Moves Not Made

The Oswalt trade was a great bargain and is looked at as a great success.  But there are also some moves that Amaro failed to make.

First of all, the Phillies bullpen is suspect at best.  There should have been more of an effort to obtain some relief help.  Many names were available and teams were asking for a lot of prospects and talent.  I really can understand Amaro being leery of trading away even more prospects.  They have parted with quite a few in the last year.

But there were names out there that wouldn’t have cost the Phillies much at all.  Kerry Wood could’ve been acquired without giving up hardly anything.  The Yankees gave up a player-to-be-named-later and cash considerations.  A move for lefty Will Ohman from the Orioles for a pitcher such as Mike Zagurski was another possible option.  With Brad Lidge struggling, a reliever with closing experience would’ve been a great pickup.  Outside of Lidge and Ryan Madson, no one in the Phillies bullpen has much closing experience.  This is a move or lack there of may come back to bite them in the long run.

The bench is also something that should have been addressed.  With the constant injuries to the infield, the likes of Wilson Valdez and Cody Ransom have filled in quite nicely.  However a bigger contributor should have been acquired at the trade deadline.  A player such as Cristian Guzman or Miguel Tejada wouldn’t have cost the Phillies more than a low level prospect and maybe some cash.

The current bench of Cody Ransom, Wilson Valdez, Ben Francisco, Ross Gload, Brian Schneider and Greg Dobbs hasn’t been awful this season but isn’t playing the way it was projected to.  Gload boasts the highest average at .282 but many of the other bench players are struggling.  The bench was in need of veteran presence.  The Phillies don’t have a clear cut first guy off the bench to pinch hit.  I suppose that title would be given to Francisco.  Francisco has definitely been swinging the bat better.  But I still feel that a trade should have been made.  I would’ve loved to have seen Tejada in here as that guy.  However Amaro didn’t feel it was enough of a priority and sat on his hands.

The Grade: B-

The Phillies made a splash by acquiring Oswalt.  The ball club is definitely better than it was prior to the trade deadline.  However a few pieces to the bullpen and bench needed to be acquired.  The lack of these moves bring down the grade a bit and could hurt the Phillies in the long run.  The Phillies are primed for another October run at the World Series, but I’m just not sure if they did enough maneuvering.

Phillies Get Halladay in 3-Way Deal

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.

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.

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, 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.

BlueClaws Win SAL

Your Lakewood BlueClaws are the 2009 South Atlantic League champions. This is their second championship in four years as they beat the Greenville Drive (Red Sox). Korey Noles was the winning pitcher in the clinching game as he went seven strong innings to bring the John H. Moss Cup back to Lakewood, NJ.

Lakewood held Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox), which owned the league’s best overall regular-season record, to two runs in a two-game sweep of the Northern Division finals, then limited Greenville to six runs over four games in the Championship Series.

The Single A team is led by one of the Phillies’ other top OF prospects, Anthony Gose. He is their lead off man and spark for offense. In the first inning, he led off the game with a single, took second on a sacrifice, stole third, and then scored on a ground out. That sounds a lot like Jimmy Rollins.

There are quite a bit of notable Phillies who are alumni to this team. They include Cole Hamels, JA Happ, Ryan Howard, Kyle Kendrick, Carlos Ruiz, and Shane Victorino.