Philadelphia Phillies: Craziest Rumors of the Offseason
The Philadelphia Phillies have had an interesting offseason thus far, acquiring the top closer on the market in Jonathan Papelbon, power bats in Laynce Nix, Jim Thome and Ty Wigginton, and re-signing Jimmy Rollins.
The Phillies had the most wins in team history (and MLB) in 2011 with 102, but were shocked by the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs. Has GM Ruben Amaro done enough tinkering with this still-powerhouse team to prevent such a heartbreak in 2012?
It's great to play GM with your buddies and family and toss around the idea of acquiring certain players, but you have to realize when the talk goes from fun to ridiculous.
Rumors are a big part of the game, but we have heard some crazy ones this offseason.
Here are the best of the best thus far.
No Way Jorge (Posada)
Even if the New York Yankees are the evil empire of Major League Baseball, there are many players on their current team that I would love to see join the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jorge Posada is not one of them.
This whole idea seemed ridiculous, as the Phillies were looking for players with versatility for their bench (Wigginton, Nix) at a cheap price.
It seemed even more ridiculous considering they already re-signed backup catcher Brian Schneider.
Landing Jorge Posada five or six years ago? Yes sir.
Jorge Posada version 2012? No thank you.
How Many Years for J-Roll?
Jimmy Rollins made it crystal clear when he became a free agent that he was seeking a five-year deal.
While GM Ruben Amaro took a hard stance against such a deal and most fans scoffed at the notion, there was always a chance that a team could pull a "Jayson Werth" and overpay for a guy in his 30s.
Early on, it seemed as if Rollins received little interest from around the league, as his demands were too high, but there was chatter that a mystery team was willing to offer five years for the 33-year-old SS.
In hindsight, the mystery-team talk sounded like a scare tactic by Rollins and his agent (Dan Lozano, who has his own issues), but Amaro stood firm and gave Rollins a deal that all sides (fans included) seem happy with.
A Grady Sizemoric Shift to the NL?
Grady Sizemore was considered one of the bright young stars in baseball not too long ago.
Even with repeated knee injuries and a ton of games missed, at the age of 29, the three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner would be a welcome addition to any clubhouse at the right price.
Ken Rosenthal tweeted in this article that the Philadelphia Phillies could be interested in acquiring the former MVP candidate.
Those rumors were quickly squashed, as it seemed fairly obvious that the Cleveland Indians were going to bring back their (former) franchise player at a lower cost.
If healthy, Sizemore still has the ability to be one of the best outfielders in all of MLB.
Trade King Cole? Hell No!
When rumors began to swirl that the Philadelphia Phillies were engaged in talks with the Oakland A's to acquire LH Gio Gonzalez, many wondered if that meant that the Phils were convinced that they wouldn't be able to re-sign Cole Hamels.
This article by Jim Salisbury of Comcast Sportsnet put Phillies Nation's mind at rest (for now) after he spoke with Ruben Amaro about the talk of trading a former World Series MVP.
This is an excerpt from the article where Amaro talked about the possibility of trading another dominant lefty like Cliff Lee.
"I can’t say we'd never, ever trade anybody,” Amaro said. “But the fact of the matter is one of our strengths is our pitching. For us to cut into our starting pitching—which is truly our strength, and with the possibility that we might not have [Roy] Oswalt back—that would put us in quite a deficit.
"So the likelihood of that happening is not very good.”
David Wright Wearing Red Pinstripes?
The Internet is an amazing thing where you can find almost anything in the blink of an eye, but it's also a place where people who think they have sources make ridiculous claims that get fans excited for no reason.
The "deal" was centered around Domonic Brown and Vance Worley and actually had me very, very excited.
ThePhillyPhans were so confident that their source was correct that they stated that they would take down their site and stop tweeting if the deal didn't happen. Well, the deal didn't happen, and @ThePhillyPhans is now @KevinThePhan.
Hilarious and ridiculous.
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