The Phillies, mainly Ruben Amaro Jr, have a serious decision on their hands. Who the hell do we aquire to be a co-ace or solid number 2 starter with Cole Hamels?We’ve heard a number of names as pitchers we have inquired on, some good and some not, but I have decided to widdle it down to my two favorites Jake Peavy and Erik Bedard.
Peavy has a full no trade clause and has talked a bunch of shit on our park in the past so even though he is a great pitcher he just seems kind of out of reach because of that. Also Peavy would cost us not only a king’s ransom in prospects but he is also owed at least $48 million (not including his $22 million club option in 2013 or a $4 million buyout). So not only will we be hurting in the prospects given up but also in the payroll department for the next 3 to 4 years depending on if we pick up his option. So to me he seems like a long shot since he is all butt hurt about playing on the east coast and in a hitters park.
Erik Bedard on the other hand seems very feasible. Yes, we will have to give up many prospects for him but he is only signed for the rest of this season and then becomes a free agent. Why is that good? Well there is a decent 2009 free agent pitching crop and we have two choices here. Choice one is asess how Bedard has performed over the course of the season and try to resign him if necessary or logical. Choice two is let him walk and go after someone from the 2010 free agent pitcher class headed by Justin Duchscherer and Rich Harden. Bedard has pitched very well this year so far with a 2.48 ERA and hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in each of his 9 starts. Think about that. The Phillies are 0 for a million when they score 3 runs or fewer, so with a pitcher like Bedard holding the opposition to at least 3 runs at least we will still be in the game. I know I know Bedard might not keep that up all year but it is something to think about assholes.
So look to your right on this page to see Peavy and Bedard looking sexy in their Phils gear and let Tug and I know who you would rather have. Also keep in mind Peavy drinks Jager from the bottle. That makes him just a bit cooler.