July 18, 2004

Big Unit will take big brass ones

Of all the contending teams said to be interested in Randy Johnson, the Phillies have the best chips to offer Arizona, who will be in a liquidation stage at the end of the season and must dump veteran salary.

The Yankees, Red Sox, Angels and Cardinals, with few young assets, are all said to have interest in the Unit. But don't be surprised if the Mets, doing what teams in contention often do, make a serious pitch for the 6-10 lefty.

Realize that if the Mets - already owners of a fine deal-time prize in Richard Hidalgo - wind up with Johnson, it would make them odds-on favorites to win the NL East. At this point, the Mets would likely have the best pitching staff in the majors, good enough to contend with the Yankees in Subway Series II.

Just as the Red Sox are praying for the Unit to stay put, or else pay hand over fist to keep him out of New York, the Phillies should be treating the situation with the same care.

In other words, Peter Gammons has it right in his latest column when he says the fate of the post season rests in the hands of Ol' Scratch.

Schilling deal comparison
Remember the deal in 2000 that brought Vicente Padilla, Nelson Figuroa, Travis Lee and Omar Daal to the Phillies for Curt Schilling?
Here's the package I'd slap together: Brett Myers, Ryan Howard, Keith Bucktrot, Placido Polanco.


At 1:15 AM, Blogger Brian said...

I think it's a little excessive. In the Schilling trade padilla and figeroua were minor league guys pretty much, lee was a castoff from Arizona, and Daal failed to live up to expections.

Polanco is proven, Howard is the "hype", Myers is way too young to give up on, and Bucktrot coming into this year had decent expectations.

At 7:20 AM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

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At 8:47 AM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

I felt a little uneasy the deal myself, slept on it, thought about it some more in the shower, and decided that I'm sticking with it. The biggest chip in that package is Myers. I'm not crazy about Myers and get impatient watching him, even though he's 22.

What about swapping Myers with Hancock?


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