Writer’s Roundtable: Offseason’s Best – Phillies Nation

Writer’s Roundtable: Offseason’s Best

Adams could be the best acquisition in the majors. (AP)

Q: Which transaction by Ruben Amaro Jr. this offseason do you think will reap the greatest reward for the Phillies in 2013? 

Jon Nisula: I think that Ruben’s decision to send Darin Ruf back to the minors will help the Phillies the most in 2013. The move means that Domonic Brown will finally be given an opportunity to play full time. It also means that the Phillies will (hopefully) play a Mayberry/Nix platoon at the last outfield position, which I think is better than what Ruf or Delmon Young would’ve given the Phillies this year.

Pat Gallen: Clearly, the correct answer is Mike Adams. No disrespect to Ben Revere or Michael Young, but Mike Adams has the ability to be a second closer and end games after seven innings for the Phillies. He says he’s healthy, and by the looks of his spring numbers, I believe him. The Adams acquisition has a chance to be not only the best move for the Phillies, but one of the best signings throughout baseball this offseason.

Alex Lee: I have to agree with Pat there.  By now, most Phillies fans have been inundated with the statistics on how many games the 8th inning cost this team last year.  Ruben Amaro Jr. either badly misevaluated Chad Qualls or totally discounted the importance of a setup man last year when he built that bullpen.  The addition of Adams, if healthy, not only makes this unit solid, but also really gives it a chance to be a team strength if one or two of the younger arms blossom

Jay Floyd: I also agree with Pat and Alex, the Phillies transaction from this past offseason that will prove to be the most successful will be the signing of reliever Mike Adams.  Without question the biggest hole on the roster last year that wasn’t injury related was a void in the 8th inning set up role out of the team’s bullpen.  Adams locks that spot down and, as a result, will be the greatest upgrade for the club this year.

Ian Riccaboni: I’ll go off the beaten path here – I believe the decisions to cut both Yuniesky Betancourt and Joe Mather were the best of the offseason. Then again, I would have never signed them to begin with. Does that make those moves and then counter-moves simultaneously the worst and best moves of the offseason?



  1. Lefty

    March 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

    To me the best thing that happened this offseason is that management showed restraint and didn’t bite on any of the expensive free agents at the salaries they eventually signed for. They didn’t lose their highest draft pick in -lord knows how long. They didn’t go for the “big splash” and don’t have to worry about the Luxury Tax, leaving them with at least some flexibility should they need it.

    My opinion, their best move was a non move.

  2. R.C. Collins

    March 30, 2013 at 11:57 am

    It’s really hard to judge any of this before they’ve even played a game. I usually wait until at least Memorial Day to access what moves have worked out and what moves haven’t.

    See you guys down at the park on Friday. Stop by the blue tent in lot K for a complimentary Bubba Burger.

  3. MikeyPaDc

    March 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    @Lefty, I agree w you (yet again!).

    The Phils played the off season very well. Instead of a fire sale, hopefully this offseason allows them to make moves here and there and still remain relevant.

    • G7

      March 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Most important offseason move has to be Revere..plays a critical every day defensive position and must get on base to make the offense go!

  4. George

    March 30, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I’m going to go along with R.C. Collins here. Any of the offseason moves could turn out good; any could turn out bad. The Phils needed to fill so many positions (CF, setup relief, 3rd base, the outfield corners, 35 starter) that all the moves are pretty close to equal in importance and it will only be who actually performs that decides which was the best.

    • George

      March 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      “35 starter” should read “#5 starter.” My old keyboard quit yesterday and this one doesn’t respond the same way. I know I hit the shift key but I just didn’t give it a strong enough whack. I’ll be committing more typos, I’m afraid, until I get used to this new piece of crap.

  5. Ken Bland

    March 30, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    This board can be funny sometimes. I never saw ….check that…very seldom have seen a player ripped to shreads the way The Mart Known as Mini was ridiculed here, and 5 ,of the finest writers Phillies Nation offers up scramble to other names. Clearly, no Mini at the plate enhances every would have been at bat that takes place in ’13, and that’s a huge move.


    • George

      March 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Hate to disagree with your assessment of PN’s trashing of Mini being one of few. Kendrick has been ripped repeatedly, Qualls was mocked, no one ever said anything nice about Brian Sanches, and now Delmon Young has been treated worse than Martinez ever was without even playing in a game. And that’s only been in the past couple of years!

      And in case you want to go beyond players, you can look at all the names Amaro Jr has been called or the beatings Manuel takes when he doesn’t do a lefty-lefty matchup even when the team wins.

      • Lefty

        March 31, 2013 at 7:52 am

        People in Philly trashing athletes? No way. (he said sarcastically) And you forgot to mention how Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard get lambasted here too.

        I have often wondered what a place like this would have been like if it had existed in the 1970’s. The greatest third baseman is major league history would have been skewered here on a daily, maybe even an hourly basis.

        God I used to hate how they booed him at the Vet. I lived in Baltimore and drove up 5 to 6 times a year to see games, and they just didn’t appreciate Schmidt’s greatness because like every other human ballplayer he would strike out with men in scoring position sometimes, or ground into double plays, or wouldn’t hit a home run- as if it should have been an every day occurrence.

      • George

        March 31, 2013 at 8:07 am

        I could have listed every man on the roster, HOF players, people who chose free-agency, like Werth, and probably scouts, peanut vendors, and ball girls (not to mention Santa Claus)
        but there wasn’t enough room.

        Oh, I forgot the current broadcasting crew!

      • Ken Bland

        March 31, 2013 at 10:20 am

        Seems quite clear the way I clarified Mini’s place on the ripped list.

      • George

        March 31, 2013 at 10:43 am

        You were clear. It’s just that some people disagree with “seldom” and have pointed out that players are constantly shredded as much as Mini has been and even pointed out other examples. Mini stands out partly because of his nickname, which is one of the best, and because he was around for more time than some of the others. I’m sure if Chad Qualls had been here for more than a half-season, he’d have been a subject of daily hanging, at least in effigy.

        At least Mini, as far as I know, never received threats on his life, like Mitch Williams did. Now that’s “shredding!”

      • Ken Bland

        March 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

        Some of Mitch’s pitches were not reral endearing. But some of the idiocy he spews out on the MLB Network deserves better than a shredding label. I’d call it justifiable homicide, if anybody feels like shooting somebody upside somebody’s head.

        He came on there last summer in this hard to match certainty mode, and was all fired up about the Phils trading Hamels for Either straight up (before the deal was signed). I love the way it often comes down to media, maybe even personnel within the game referencing fans in a seemingly condascending tone. Truth might be it works the other way sometimes. And at a minimum.

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