2010-11 Free Agency

Notes From the Winter Meetings: Tuesday

Quite the frenetic day in Orlando, but without much to report really.

Off the table comes one of the better right handed bats on the market in Matt Diaz, who inked a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Phillies were never really in on him – there were no reports or official tweets linking the two sides – but speculation was that the Phillies would be a good fit.

Still on the table (although if he was actually on a table, it would certainly collapse) is Dennys Reyes. Rumors were abound that the large lefty – formerly of the Cardinals, Twins, Padres, Royals, 76ers, and Chiba Lotte Marines – was close to joining the Phillies bullpen. It has not happened as of yet, but sources close to the action say it’s within reach.

The issue with Reyes is that he’s a lefty who can’t get out lefties. They hit .307 against him last year and you don’t need me to tell you that isn’t very good. During his career which has spanned 10 different cities, Reyes has actually been serviceable against left-handed batters sporting a .238 opponent average. Not excellent, but not terrible and that’s what’s keeping him in the league.

Some other names that surfaced today were Pedro Feliciano and George Sherrill. As for the latter, he had a horrendous season in 2010. Horrendous isn’t really even the adjective to describe Sherrill’s year in L.A. His 6.69 ERA and 1.92 WHIP tell the story. Against left handed hitting he was actually quite good – they managed just a .196 average off of Sherrill. The problem was those damn righties. They hit a lofty .427 off him.

The moral of today’s story: tread lightly with the lefties. They’re either too expensive or coming off a bad year, there doesn’t seem to be an in-between.

More tomorrow, we’re sure.



  1. NJ

    December 8, 2010 at 2:50 am

    Have the Phillies really released Jesus Sanchez and Flande?? Inquirer reporter seems to think so but makes no sense…

  2. Greg

    December 8, 2010 at 3:05 am

    As far as I know, they removed them from the 40-man roster, meaning they can still be signed back, but must pass through waivers first. Ruben wants to bring them back, too, but other teams are able to pick them up.

  3. Jay Floyd

    December 8, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Yeah, NJ…I wrote an entry about it that got pushed back till the morning. Stay tuned to this site for all your info…and your life will make sense again.

  4. Ted Bell

    December 8, 2010 at 7:31 am

    They wanted to clear space for the Rule 5 draft.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  5. Chuck

    December 8, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Like I said on the other thread about Sherrill….Just convince him that he’s a LOOGY only….maybe an inning if there’s a righty sandwiched between 2 lefities. He could have a LOOONNNGG career that way…

  6. Gaze_NJ

    December 8, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Dennys Reyes = Danys Baez.
    In both talent, and the fact that their names are both plural.

  7. George

    December 8, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Maybe the Phils want Reyes because he’ll eat most of Blanton’s share of the meals, thus keeping Big Joe’s weight down. Reyes would be the sacrificial fat guy.

  8. NJ

    December 8, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I don’t think Sherrill’s problem is convincing him of his role so much as I expect teams haven’t made the kind of major league offer he wants. Reminds me of Arthur Rhodes circa being let go by the Phils, top lefty reliever traded for a pretty penny only to end up on the scrap-heap.

  9. Chuck

    December 8, 2010 at 10:13 am

    George Sherrill needs to “re-evaluate” his worth then. He’s a LOOGY. Period.

  10. Chuck

    December 8, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Sort of reminds me of Chan Ho Park. he was SO convinced that he could still start, when in fact he couldn’t. Dude needed to get real. Same with Sherrill.

  11. brooks

    December 8, 2010 at 10:21 am

    The long list of duds to come out of Baltimore is intact with George Sherrill. He has not played exclusively for the Orioles but joins the growing number of relievers that once leaving crab-town fall to anonimity.
    How about Sydney Pontoon?
    BJ Ryan
    Jorge Julio
    Chris Ray & of course Sherrill himself.
    Leave Sherrill out of this equation – he will be 34 in early April, last year his ERA ballooned to 6.69, he is not a strike out pitcher and we just dont need more inconsistent flakes coming out of the BP.

  12. Dan

    December 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Why would Diaz want to sign with the Pirates? They are an unbelievably miserable organization. 17 straight losing seasons or something? Enjoy your offseason while it lasts, Matt.

  13. Chuck

    December 8, 2010 at 10:46 am


    Go to http://www.baseballreference.com and look at Sherrill’s splits.

  14. Dave

    December 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    So, Carlos Pena hits .196 and gets 10 million and Paul Konerko hits .312 and gets 12 million. Am I missing something?

  15. George

    December 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    No, you’re not missing something; it’s GMs who are missing something.

  16. metsblow4show

    December 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Yeah Dave, the fact that you just have to hit .254 to get 11 million ! LOL

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