Personally I would have stood pat with Lee and tried to sign him and not even go after Halladay, but I was just explaining how it's more than 9 million they were losing. Plus the playoffs are kinda a crapshoot. An 83 win team won the whole thing a couple of years ago.
They would have gotten nothing out of Lee if they kept him this season besides a Type A arbitration compensation. So it's more like 9 million plus all the prospects they got from the Mariners.
Oh I know, like I said, I understand why they moved him. He'd already said he wasn't giving the Phils any discount in a contract extension, he wanted more than what Halladay signed for.
The way I see it, this team has another 2-3 years (beyond this upcoming season) in which they'll be realistically be a contender for the Series. They're gonna take a hit at the end of this season when Jayson Werth more than likely walks, they're just not gonna be able to afford him.
Still, that Phillies lineup is absolutely terrifying and it just got richer by adding Polanco's bat. That might be a big dropoff defensively at 3rd though, we'll see.
He's played third before, and been successful - never got a gold glove like he did at 2nd base, but he's played the hot corner before. Still, as inconsistent and at some times utterly worthless as Pedro Feliz was with the stick, he was like a vaccuum out there in the field. I was down at Spring Training in Clearwater last week and Polanco was making some nice plays at third, missing some others. We'll see how he does.
That's one of those things that I'm sure makes sense, but I just don't understand.
Me neither. I've played every position on the field, and while little league and high school baseball obviously aren't the same as the Majors, I always found 3rd base to be the most challenging. Gotta have lightning fast reflexes for those shots that come screaming down the line, and also have the longest and most accurate range of any of the infielders.
Double play footwork? I don't know it's just one of those things that I've always heard. Reflexes and even height are important for third base, but I assume you have to have crazy reflexes to make it to the MLB. I just know they always say the middle of the field is hardest to play (C, 2B, SS, CF).
Post by z28goalieman on Mar 12, 2010 6:32:00 GMT -5
Yeah, the reason 2B is harder than 3B has to be the footwork and responsibilities involved. At third, its pretty much a reaction/reflexes and throw it. At second, you have to go out into the outfield for cutoffs, cover 2nd on steals, turn double plays, cover first on bunt plays, etc.
Post by ziggyandthemonkeys on Mar 23, 2010 15:34:29 GMT -5
The Blazers in general^. They have been absolutely decimated by injuries. I don't remember the last time I have seen a team so dismantled by injuries. It is especially apparent in basketball since only 5 guys play at a time.