Phillies Sign Wilkerson

The Phillies signed Brad Wilkerson to a Minor League contract. The move was a minor addition, as the outfielder and first baseman did not receive an invite to spring training.

Wilkerson last appeared in the Major Leagues in 2008, but previously played with the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2009.  He went 1-for-9, then decided to retire.  In a Brett Favre type decision, Wilkerson changed his mind.

Wilkerson is a career .247 hitter, but was a Phillies killer throughout his eight year career, especially during his time with the Montreal Expos.  Wilkerson hit for the cycle twice in his career, including his 2005 cycle against the Phillies.



  1. Scotch Man

    February 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I’m beating Beer Man to the punch! I give this signing a C!

  2. Greg V.

    February 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    The rest of the MLB is sure envious tonight!

  3. sh291

    February 23, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I remeber when he would kill us back in his Expos days

  4. WFC010

    February 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I don’t know what we can reasonably expect out of this signing, but if Wilkerson has any talent left in him…he could potentially be an okay bench hitter to have. While .247 BA is hardly anything that great, it’s still a lot better than some of the other guys we’ve had passing as bench players like Bruntlett and now Castro.

  5. MikeMc26

    February 24, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I was at the game where he hit for the cycle; i’m a die hard Phils fan but it was cool to see in person. Anyway, the dude would always rake against the Phils so maybe karma can come back around and Wilkerson can contribute for us somewhere this season.

  6. mikemike

    February 24, 2010 at 7:50 am


  7. Jeff of Nova

    February 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

    The must have looked at the minor league roster and noticed that they had a roster spot open for the bench at Lehigh, what a joke.

  8. D_Bloc

    February 24, 2010 at 9:12 am

    People are acting like this is an Adam Eaton signing. It’s back page news.

    So its really a joke to even call this signing “a joke”. Are you mad Rubin didn’t overpay for an aging Jermain Dye?

  9. Don M

    February 24, 2010 at 10:06 am

    why is this a bad deal ? ? ?

    That fact that people are judging this singing at all is the “joke”

    you need to have players on your minor league teams, right?? So they went with a veteran.. who either doesn’t play well . . and it doesn’t matter


    he plays well, and gives them an option for a replacement if anyone gets hurt.. or a bench player later in the season, etc. . .

    Jermaine Dye isn’t a National League player . . . that was the dumbest idea on this blog all year. And I usually find THE DIPSY pretty knowledgable, and very amusing . .

    People juding this against the move to get Juan Castro . . . . do you have ANY idea what “positions” and/or “roles” are ? …. you forgot that every team likes to have a 25th man, that can play solid defense at numerous positions . .

    come on people, you’re better than this

  10. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Don…you took the words right out of me. WHO CARES ABOUT A GRADE!!!

    It’s silly to be grading ANY move…but especially this one. The guy probably won’t see major leagie action at all…BUT…he’s there “just in case

    Is that so bad?? If you absolutely just HAD to grade this… then grade it an A+….for nothing else but a CHEAP insurance policy.

  11. Wine Man

    February 24, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Don M, Excuse me but which MLB teams have you been a GM for???

    (Crickets chirping)

  12. Don M

    February 24, 2010 at 10:41 am

    “Two HardBalls” … its a fantasy league

  13. George

    February 24, 2010 at 10:42 am

    And excuse me, Wine Man, which MLB teams have YOU been a GM for?

    (Pot calling the kettle black)

  14. Don M

    February 24, 2010 at 10:54 am

    my little coffee-fueled rant was really directed towards the likes of “mikemike” . . .and not on this sepcific post “Just Curious”, etc

    guys that never have anything positive to say about any Phillies moves. . .the fact that anyone has anything NEGATIVE to say about acquiring an extra player for the minor league system, is ridiculous (they didn’t invite him to Spring Training, so its not like they are counting on him to contribute this year)

    Guys like them probably didn’t like the extensions given to Blanton or Victorino either.. WHAT WAS RUBEN THINKING?. . . and grading those deals a “C” or something

  15. Ed R.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:03 am

    How can an insurance policy signing such as this be bad?

    Did you want them to go out and sign an All Star to sit in Trip A?

    For real people? Come on now.

  16. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Yeah, I just don’t get it. That’s what this is…AN INSURANCE POLICY.

    Funny thing is Wilkerson will probably be called up at some point….win a game for us….and EVERYBODY will be on the guy’s bandwagon….and praising Ruben as a genious.

    Mark my words.

  17. Gaze_NJ

    February 24, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Just seems like a waste of time and money (albeit very little money) to me. With Andy Tracy, Cody Ransom, and a host of other 30ish year olds floating around the farm, do we really need ANOTHER insurance policy?

  18. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 11:31 am


    So “curling” ISN’T an waste of time??

  19. The Dipsy

    February 24, 2010 at 11:34 am

    So nobody on this board would approve of Ruben signing Jermaine Dye for….$750K? Would that be a bad move? Is Gload out of options can anyone tell me?

    The Dipsy

  20. Don M

    February 24, 2010 at 11:47 am

    You think Jermaine Dye would rather take $750 K than just retire ???

    I said before.. i think Francisco is more valuable to our team than Dye would be.. and i think that Mayberry is terrible, so Dye would be an improvement, but you would run into the same “LACK OF PLAYING TIME = LACK OF PRODUCTION” problem..

    and if the lists are correct . . . I would rather have either Rocco Baldelli, or Ryan Freel over Jermaine Dye . . . but I wish we would stop talking about things that won’t happen

  21. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 11:47 am


    And I’m glad Ross Gload is here.

  22. The Dipsy

    February 24, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I would rather have those two guys also.

    The Dipsy

  23. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

    And how do you really feel about Gload??

  24. NJ

    February 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Hasn’t the Phillies problem at the AAA level been a distinct lack of players with serious major league experience and not having more than a couple of serious prospects at one time. The fact Wilkerson isn’t going to the major league camp means he’ll be with the kids mentoring them and that’s nothing but good.

    Why would any NL team wanting to contend want Jermaine Dye right now? If Geoff Jenkins made a terrible 4th outfielder who couldn’t get a job after he was cut how is Dye going to help you as a part-time player when you have 3 outfielders you want to give 150 starts??

    And Gload is a VERY good signing if he can do near what he did last year.

    You have to have role players, how many games have the Phils lost in the past couple of years waiting for something to happen as the bullpen cracks after being put in tough innings too many nights of a week…

  25. The Original Chuck P

    February 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Jermaine Dye for $750k… I want some of what he’s smoking.

  26. Don M

    February 24, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I hope they get creative, and give him a cool nickname like “G- Load” …

    but on a serious note . . . I think there should be in right field

    the “J-DUB FAN CLUB”

  27. Gaze_NJ

    February 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Assuming you’re talking about the link to my twitter account… watching curling is a waste of time too. The only difference is that I’m not trying to build a major league baseball team while watching curling.

  28. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Because good GMs…of major league baseball teams…watch curling?


    Gotta get something onto signs in right field about Werth’s beard….assuming he still has it by the time the regular season starts.

  29. bfo_33

    February 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Unless you are Wilkinson’s parents, a pretty low interest story, but it does bring back memories.

    I’m probably in the minority, but I like the ratings, mainly the process of reviewing the player and the deal. While there are a lot of angry rants, some of the comments also bring up a comparable or other option that I didn’t consider. I usually get something on each post that gets me to look deeper or grab more information. Another thing – I consider a “C” as average. Ruben is still pretty new at the job, I wouldn’t expect him to get all A’s, nor do I think that is necessarily a good long term model.

    One thing that greatly impresses me is that Ruben is following the Gillick mode of win-win deals. You may be able to rape a team once, but that will kill your future bargaining position. Same with players – avoid arbitration, maybe pay a little more than you have to, but wind up with a guy with a positive attitude, build good relationships. Strictly from the deal standpoint (which is subjective), I think the Polanco was a C- signing, but a good move, handled quickly, made us a better team, and PP will run through a wall for the Phils. If it doesn’t quite work out, it isn’t going to hamper the organization much (not like he signed a 10yr, 250M contract). I’m happy PP is here. Overall, I think the Phils offseason deals make them better this year, and keep them in the mix for the next few. Ruben gets a solid B (couldn’t resist another rating).

  30. Don M

    February 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    my whole point is that you can’t grade a deal BEFORE they even begin their work

    Polanco has a shot of hitting .300, scoring 100 runs, etc. . Any or Each of the next 3 seasons . . but we’re giving him a grade already. .

    Ibanez’s deal at the time would’ve been given a crappy grade.. but he played GREAT last season

    the Lidge extension would’ve been given an A+ . . .but now it will suck paying him $12+ Million next year . . unless, of course, he rights the ship and becomes one baseball’s best Closers again

    you just have to let these things play out before you can accurately judge any of the deals . . because only then can you tell if you OVER PAID = F . . . UNDER PAID = A . . .or got it JUST RIGHT = C

    I understand we need things to talk about, and i guess for that reason, the “grades” etc.. are good . . . . but the fact that people are grading Polanco before he steps onto the field, or into the lineup , isn’t a smart move by the fanbase . . let him play it out, and then we can look back and judge the deal

    Lets talk about Ryan Madson .. what the F was up with him last year?

  31. NJ

    February 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Madson was great until he had to start closing, just wasn’t the same guy in set-up duty after that.

  32. The Original Chuck P

    February 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Here we go again with the Beerman bashing…

    The great part about opinions and predictions is that you’re allowed to have them… as crazy as they may be. It may seem stupid for you to grade a deal before the player steps on the field but I like it. In context, you can analyze the market and determine that we overpaid or underpaid… that doesn’t mean that we think the player won’t perform or contribute, it just means that maybe we overpaid. In Ibanez’ case, people weren’t upset with the amount of money as much as they were the years so while you may think that Ibanez has surpassed the value of his contract, I would say that remains to be seen… at the time, I thought that Ibanez was solid but the deal was a reach. We got a great player, undoubtedly but we may have outbid ourselves. Same goes with Polly… not saying he won’t be a great player but we probably could have gotten him for less.

  33. The Dipsy

    February 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    This is my thinking on Dye. First and foremost, you must be able to get him insanely cheap. Second, he has to ber hip to the notion that he’s a bargain basement guy now. If he’s in tune with that and he realizes that he’s gonna be a reserve, he would wanna do it with a good team. Us. He cannot consistently play a position. I would like to see him get 20-25 starts in the OF. Thats 80-100 AB’s. If an outfield guy gets hurt, Dye can slide in and play. I would rather go a thirty day stretch with Dye than G-Load or Francisco. With pinch hitting appearances factored in, I can see him getting 300 AB’s. The whole point is that if your risk is nothing and your reward is high, sign him. And $750,00 would be nothing. The first month of the season we can carry a six man bench and see how he does. Its a no lose proposition. I’m sorry G-Load and FranDisco and Dobbs will have to give up AB’;s to a superior hitter and a right handed one at that.

    P.S. Grading trades and signings before the season is a complete waste of time, IMO.

    The Dipsy

  34. Don M

    February 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Less, by like $500,000 …???

    If the going-rate for 3b was $6M minimum . . . we locked him at that rate . .

    $6 M for Polanco
    $6 M for DeRosa
    $9 M for Beltre (who turned down our offer)
    $9 M for Figgins

    the one player i liked was Tejada, $6 M for one year. . . but a one-year contract on any 3b would have been TERRIBLE because we would’ve been placed back in the 3b market next offseason, with slimmer-pickings

    I like the Beerman’s Articles.. and I can see where he is coming from with his views .. I just think that the notion of a grading system (as though its the definite voice of Phillies Nation) is wrong . . . I think the 3rd year is GREAT for Polanco, becuase there is a great chance that we still won’t have a 3b ready (or at least not a one better than Polanco at $6 M) . . . Ibanez will be gone, Howard COULD be gone .

    that 3rd year gives the Phillies so many options, possibly the most important is the chance to extend Utley’s career with a move to 1st base, where he can focus more on his hitting than his fielding .. . and try to be the .315 hitter we know he can be

  35. The Dipsy

    February 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Original Chuck – In defense of Ruben, the Phils signed Ibanez at the very beginning of the FA period. That was the year the economy went down and all the teams rear ends started to pucker up when it came to giving out money. Ruben signed Raul BEFORE that happened. When viewed in the context of Feb 2008, its still a little pricey but not terrible. In terms of Feb 2009 dollars, its a horrible sign. If he were coming out this year he would be 3y/19m or so.

    The Dipsy

  36. WFC010

    February 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    We certainly lose nothing by giving Wilkerson a shot, and he’s also a good mentor to have for kids who are in the minors, trying to work their way on up to the majors. There’s no downside to this signing, and a number of different ways that Wilkerson can help us either as a bench guy on the big club, or as a great mentor for young guys in our Minor League system.

    This isn’t front page news to be sure, but it is an intriguing signing to say the least.

  37. Don M

    February 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Last year, Jermain Dye made $11.5 Million . . .

    aka: $442,307.69 every two weeks (before taxes)

    the chances that he takes a deal to make $750,000 …TOTAL … please..

    it would take at least $2-3 M to sign him.. he is a nightmare in the field.. yea he’s got power, but i highly doubt that scoring runs will be an issue for this team

    they’ll need players on the bench that can do a little bit of everything.. hit for average, play defense, and run the bases well . . . Dye doesn’t do any of those things anymore

  38. Jeff of Nova

    February 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Let me make myself Clear, when I say this is a joke!

    Basically the Phillies are done making moves and no I don’t want or care about Dye. I think what we have is what we have, the fact that we even reported that Wilkerson was signed is a joke cause I agree this is back page news. As I said he will sit on the bench at Lehigh and collect a check and maybe mentor some young players. When he was in his prime he was well overrated.

    I live in Northern Va, and when the Nats moved here from the Expos they used him as the face of their franchise. He was a 250 hitter at best on a good day.

    To even care about this signing is the joke.

    Some of you have issues!
    You live in your dream world of the Phillies signing whoever you hear is available and several of the new people that post here I feel are bandwagon fans and others are so disgruntled its not worth conversing anymore.

    Well I am probably out of this place for good. I am glad many of your ruining a great place for Phillies baseball.

    Go Phils

    Take care

  39. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Seriously, Dipsy…you’d rather have Dye… than G-Load and Ben FranDiscoInferno??

    I don’t get it..

    Francisco MORE than proved his worth last year…hell, the guy had 15 HRs in Cleveland before he got here..

    And didn’t Gload lead the NL in pinch-hits or something?? All I know is he gave the Phils FITS seemingly like every time they faced the Marlins..

    Wouldn’t you rather get a guy like that…into YOUR fold…if you can..

    I think the combo that Ruben has put together is gonna give Cholly a lot of nice mix and match possibilities.

  40. Bob

    February 24, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Are people REALLY complaining about this signing?

    Some will moan about anything

  41. shag beta sigma delta

    February 24, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    ok I skipped a bunch of post cause once again dipsy is way off base. First Dye would not come to the Phillies for $750k just to come to Philly and sit the bench. He will get more than that from some American League team and DH. And Really you would put Dye out in the field for a month if someone got hurt over Francisco REALLY. Ben is about 100% better in the outfield and can play all three positions, Dye MAYBE able to play left field.
    Ben is faster, younger, and could be a decent hitter if he gets playing time. I think Ben should spell Raul some days, and even Vic and Wreth some days. Where do you get that Dye would be better for this team if we lost one of the three guys to injury for a month. That is just insane.
    Man you must smoke some real good stuff. You see a name Dye, and think he is going to play like he did 5 years ago, he is way past his prime, and I think I would take Stairs on D over him.

  42. Manny

    February 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I swear Chuck and Don are the same person! They always say exactly the same things, same format too!

    I’m really happy with Gload. I also think we will see a lot of Dobbs this season, at times platooning with Polanco –allowing Vic to bat 2nd in a good amount of games.

  43. shag beta sigma delta

    February 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Jeff from Nova don’t go it will get better once real baseball begins. You are usually a voice of reason. Just hang in there for 45 or less days. Then the season will open and real things can be discussed.

  44. NJ

    February 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    (Even if they did take back-up catchers money to keep playing) If everyday players who have been stars could start just 20-25 games in the field and contribute off the bench then guys like Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, Sammy Sosa and a lot more would still be in a job, hell Chuck Knoblauch would probably still be playing.

    If no AL team has signed Dye as a DH or an NL team signing him to play LF or 1st why would we want a guy a guy on the bench who we can’t use and who’ll only see 3 or 4 ABs in a week and won’t be game ready if we need to fill a hole. Francisco did very well when Grady Sizemore went down and he’s a very decent bat off the bench with a little plate discipline and experience as the 4th outfielder. If someone goes down then you want to see what the guys in the minors are made of, how else do you find guys like Brandon Moss or Garret Jones.

    It’s is forgotten how important your bench and middle relief is during the course of a season when everyones focusing on HR’s, saves, average and having those guys who can do little things to keep a ballgame close is more important than the guys in those roles get credit for, it’s not about the stats with those guys.

  45. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Don…what do you think of that?…Manny thinks we’re the same person!!
    Now I’ve heard it all..and I thought being accused of “working for the Phillies” was a stretch.

    Manny…at least you agree that Gload and Polanco were good signings…at least I THINK you do. That’s more than you can say about Dispy… who thinks that Jermaine Dye could single-handedly bring us another WFC.

  46. NJ

    February 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    which bench would you rather have going into this year?

    Fransisco, Dobbs, Gload, Schneider, Castro
    Dye, Thomas, Garciaparra, Garrett Anderson and Rob Barajas all with a ‘superior’ bat over their careers

  47. Don M

    February 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Chuck uses my three periods as punctuation all the time … I should’ve put a copyright on it

  48. Don M

    February 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Bench #1

    and I hope that was a rhetorical question .. … ???

  49. NJ

    February 24, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Am surprised I’m not be accused of being in the Don/Chuck gang. Polanco was a great signing because he isn’t going to fly out on 2 pitches and probably wont strike-out at all with runners on base and 2 outs. Gload was the best pinch hitter overall in the last two years (if I remember rightly)… How can you not love what they bring to the Phillies? Does this team really need more homers and RBI’s??

  50. NJ

    February 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Oh it was Don… I LOVE our bench when you look at each guy vs their NL counterpart. Frankly I LOVE our bullpen to despite the concerns over if Lidge isn’t 100% from jump street.

  51. shag beta sigma delta

    February 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Bench #1 by far, Bench 2 could not play the field for the Bad News Bears. Take bench 2 and pray that your starting 8 will play 162 games in the field, and can any of them run faster then Pat the Bat?

  52. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Sometimes you use two periods as punctuation, Don…..and sometimes the periods are spaced out. . . like that.

    Anyway, first off…..Bench #1

    Secondly, NJ….careful what you post….you’re gonna be accused of something….like being Ruben’s assistant or something.

  53. NJ

    February 24, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    If I was Rueben’s assistant I wouldn’t mind that at all and the wages probably wouldn’t be bad either.

    I don’t know how you can not LOVE almost everything about what the Phillies are doing. Moves just to keep us in the the news cycle are pointless as there’s only so many guys who can put up sexy stats, Amaro has focused on adding guys who compliment the core instead of guys who’ll get caught in a numbers game and make sure the payroll is flexible down the road. I don’t EXPECT the Phils to win another championship and aren’t going to get on their backs to better a team that lost in the world series a year after winning it (especially since I think we lost because of guys like Hamels and Howard choking in the big game). I see this front office as one intent on contending for a decade like the Red Sox by making the system better than the names on the roster on opening day.

    The only way Polanco would be a bad signing is if Utley, Howard and Victorino don’t benefit from his gritty ABs.

  54. NJ

    February 24, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    ^sorry for the TERRIBLE grammar…

  55. Manny

    February 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    haha I didn’t mean to cause harm with my comment… just saying that it’s impressive how you’re both similar (at least in the blogosphere)!

    Chuck, I’m definitely happy with the Gload signing… Overall, I think the bench is very, very good.

    I also feel good about the Polanco signing, even though I really wanted Beltre all along. I think Polanco fits GREAT in our lineup, but I still have my doubts about him playing 3B decently –especially after my eye has been trained to top-notch Pedro Feliz’ defense. HOWEVER, I felt the same way about Ibanez’ when we signed him (how he was supposed to be a very bad defensive player)–and now I’m perhaps his biggest supporter on this site! RAUUUUUUUUUL!!!!! He won me over the minute he jumped against the wall to try to make a catch… something Pat the Glove (who I also really liked) would never do…

  56. Vernon Dozier

    February 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I have a hard time seeing Wilkerson’s return to baseball as “a Brett Favre type decision”.

  57. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Manny…no harm at all. I actually thought it was funny.

    Wouldn’t it be great if Polanco got off to some great start like Raul last year?…I’m rooting for it. I think of all the 3B candidates at the time, Polanco was the best and smartest option. Not the “sexy” name like Figgins or Beltre…..but I think better!

  58. Manny

    February 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I agree, Chuck. Remember the sexy name for LF last year? MILTON BRADLEY. Glad we didn’t get that one… phew!

  59. George

    February 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Did the Phils pay too much for Ibanez?

    I don’t think so, because more than one other team was bidding for him.

    Did the Phils pay too much for Polanco?

    I don’t think so, because no one else except a fast aging Feliz signed for less, Polanco could also have been signed as a second baseman, and the Phils don’t have any third base prospects coming along for several years.

    Is Chuck really Don M? I don’t think so, because it’s obvious that one of them is really The Dipsy. (Just kidding.)

  60. The Dipsy

    February 24, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    World Series teams have had guys like Dye on their teams forever. The veteran who can just come in and flat out hit and hit it far. Our bench is fine. We don’t have a guy like that, though. We have interchangeable parts, guys that can play different positions, and thats cool. Dye is a better hitter than all of those guys AND he is not a defensive drop off from Ibanez, by the way. I would think that you could find a place for him if he displayed his willingness to play on your team for a song. Do we HAVE to have a guy like Dye? No. It is not necessary, but I think it makes the bench more potent offensively and gives us more punch against LHP.

    The Dipsy

  61. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    God forbid that I’m really The Dipsy!! (just kidding, Dipsy….you’re ok)

    George …

    good points on both Ibanez and Polanco. Ibanez was being courted by the Angels at the time and I believe they offered 3 years/30 million. So Ruben went out and ….maybe overbid….but so what….he came to the Phillies and hasn’t disapponted us, has he?

    Polanco’s price was about right for what else was out there. And, again, MAYBE the third year wasn’t necessary….but as it’s been said….that’s hat it took to get the guy….without losing out on him….and I really think that even if Polanco in a “super utility” player in Year 3….then that’s still ok…..and worth the flexibility it gives us.

  62. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Milton Bradey…uuuugggghhhh!!! REALLY, REALLY REALLY glad we didn’t get him!!

  63. mikemike

    February 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Don I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT WILKERSON, point is they lack right hand players if they lose polanco or rollins there is no real help in the minors, all the outfileders are lefthanded, please no mayberry he isnt even a 5 outfielder ,dont like him at all has no arm ,bad fielder, no speed a once in a while mistake hitter against a bad pitcher. By the way wilkerson shouldnt see the majors, because he is done as a fielder from what i read,

  64. Manny

    February 24, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    “AND [Dye] is not a defensive drop off from Ibanez, by the way”

    Don’t you EVER say that again, Dipsy!!!!

    RAUUUUUL is so superior it’s not even debatable.

  65. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    It really seems like Dipsy has a real problem with Raul. I don’t understand it. There were COUNTLESS times I saw Ibanez get to balls that I didn’t think he would catch. Plus the guy flat out hustles……dives for balls…..eats dirt….whatever it takes.

    I don’t care if he can’t make EVERY play. NOBODY can. But Raul gives it his all for every play…..and that’s really all you can ask for….especially if he’s actually making a lot of those plays.

    Why is that so hard to see….and understand?

  66. The Dipsy

    February 24, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Manny, uh….Raul has the defensive range of a four foot cast net. A common mistake made when judging outfielders playing defense is the misconception that when players look they’re running real hard, gettin after it, and they’re hats even fall off, means they are playing good defense. It doesn’t. When a player slides to make an ice cream cone catch that most every other outfielder would have made on a trot, this is not good defense. Point being, hustle is nice, but if you can’t get to the ball you can wince and flail your arms and legs all you want. You’re still not making the play but you get an A for effort. And the arm? Lets just say you can time his throws from the OF with a sun dial. Sooooooo……while Dye may not be good, Ibanez is no better.

    The Dipsy

  67. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Well…they’re both better than Pat Burrell.

    Still….I like what Raul does out there. Maybe he doesn’t have the arm that Werth does. Maybe he’s not fleet-footed like Vic or Kenny Lofton, or Torii Hunter. So what? He DOES make plays…enough of them that he’s MORE than serviceable out there.

  68. Manny

    February 24, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Yo Dipsay… Raul is a VERY GOOD DEFENSIVE left fielder for OUR park. He fits perfectly at CBP. Generally, he is great running back but bad with balls that fall in front of him… that’s why he would suck in big spacious Safeco. At CBP he can “cheat” and move closer to the infield, which allows him to run back –his strength– to the wall, while minimizing balls falling in front of him. Raul is a real asset to THIS team, both offensively and defensively, and I hate to see you bash the guy when he was the league’s MVP for half the season, and he has the stats to back that up.

  69. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Not only was he the MVP for half the season….but even after he came back from the DL….and wasn’t himself….he played as hard as he could…and eventually regained his form down the stretch.

    I really question whether we would have won the NL East without him last year?? That’s hard to say…because SOMEONE would have been in his spot…and would have probably contributed enough for the Phils to win??

    Raul’s HOT start and into June is a HUGE reason why the Phils were able to set the tone and get into first place….and stay there.

  70. The Dipsy

    February 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Well, under that rationale, Tommy Boy could be a good leftfielder in our park. I guess we just have to live with Raul making his choice as to whether he wants balls to fall in front of him or go over his head. For the record, I had no idea he was good at running back on balls. I say just stand far back and give up the singles, please. Just like beer league softball. I am going to lay this out about Ibanez: I think he is overpaid, which is not his fault, and I don’t think much of him on defense. I think he’s a nice guy and a good hitter and I hope he has a good year. Some guys get completely carried away about how good they think he is and sometimes I just feel the need to try and reign em in a little. He had a great first half and a horrible second half. Because of injuries. Which is what happens to old guys. Like Raul.

    The Dipsy

  71. Manny

    February 24, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Definitely, Chuck. And even in the playoffs, he had a great NLDS and an equally great World Series…

  72. Chuck

    February 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Dipsy….all fair points, buddy.

    I had no idea about the running back on balls either…never really connected the dots…but now that I think about it, some of the best plays I remember him making were those where he went back and either leapt at the wall or crached into the wall. (I saw him make some great diving catches, too…GOING FORWARD or kind of forward…sideways)

    I would disagree that his second half was “horrible.” Compared to the first half…yes. But down the stretch and, as Manny stated, in the playoffs he was good again.

  73. Dan

    February 24, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Stop by to answer a serious question: Did Brad Lidge have his mole removed?

  74. Blaise

    February 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm


  75. pheeling it

    February 24, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    the dipsy just likes to stir the pot…

    this was a hilarious blog.

    to all the people out there that are like your a front runner, blah blah i dont think the phillies fall victim to that category. We love all our teams just as much, its natural to not be as excited or let down on a team when they play like shit. i think the mets have always been a proud franchise. NEW STADIUM and it was empty by august.

    we all saw the transformation. utley, howard, rollins. we love the franchise but watching these guys play is special. everyone cant help it. these guys can play baseball

    Dipsy thanks for setting me up with the spike, Raul ibanez is a WFC caliber player. your just desperate for a right matt stairs

    hope polanco battles as hard as raul does

  76. George

    February 24, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    “Phillies Sign Wilkerson.”

    75 posts so far. Seems the man is still giving Phils’ fans fits. He’s making everyone reopen debates on all the other recent signings!

  77. George

    February 24, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    If memory serves, Ibanez also was generating interest from the Cubs and Mets.

    If you want a certain player, you have to be quick. There’s no telling where and for how much Polanco would have signed if too many teams had been given the chance to jump into the bidding. Remember, he was also one of the best SECOND basemen available in the offseason.

  78. Chuck

    February 25, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Exactly….sometimes by waiting too long, players can be lost out on. Ruben MAYBE overpaid for Polanco, MAYBE overpaid for Ibanez, MAYBE overpaid for Player X (put in your own choice).

    But he DIDN’T overpay so much that it’s really gonna cripple the organization (I know…someone’s gonna blast me for that one)….Give Ruben credit for targeting his guy….and moving quickly.

  79. j reed

    February 25, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Do I like all the signing in the off season….no. Do I like some of the off season moves…yes. I will even concede every GM gets a mulligan for a bad signing or two. My main issue with Amaro is that he needs to realize he’s playing at the high rollers’ table now so he can’t be so eager to sign filler players like the Castros, Schienders, and Contrerases who can always be found. Inevitably, there are “over valued the market” free agents who come around looking for charity when spring training is on the horizon. I’d much rather have Torrealba for 1.2 mill than Schiender for 1 mill. I’m sure we are much more attractive than San Diego other than the weather and porn bimbos. If we are to be on a budget then it makes sense to bargin shop when the bargins are at their best.

    As to the Wilkerson deal, doesn’t seem like such a bad thing given there is little left too spend. Does anyone how much he’s getting paid?

  80. j reed

    February 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Also in defense of Pat the Bat’s fielding…he might not have been the lightest on his feet but one he caught the ball you had to face that effin’ cannon he had for an arm

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