Brett Myers is gone. Matt Stairs will be shown the door. Eric "Mr. Unassisted Triple Play" Bruntlett will be leaving. And Pedro "Peter Happy: Good Field, No Hit" Feliz is all but outta here.
So, if I was Ruben Amaro, what would I do? Let me throw a dime of my thoughts (adjusted from two cents because of inflation) to the problem.
- Trade Motherfucking Brad Lidge to the Nationals for Ryan Zimmerman. Lidge was 0-7, blew eleven saves, and lost Game Four of the Series. Sound familiar? Mitch Motherfucking Williams blew Game Six thanks to Joe Motherfucking Motherfucker Carter, and was traded in the off-season. Both have long term contracts that are expensive (Lidge $23M over two years, Zimmerman $40M over four years) and the Nats have been in a rebuilding mode ever since that moved from Montreal. It solves two problems at once: The Nats need a closer and the Phils get a good hit and good field hot corner player that has Mike Schmidt potential. In the process, Ryan Madson becomes the team's new closer by default
- Paul Hoover and Miguel Cairo stay. Paul Bako will exit and the previously mentioned Bruntlett ditto, so the team might as well promote Hoover, who ended the regular season with a walkoff single against the Marlins, and Cairo from Lehigh Valley. Permamently.
- Seek an extra arm. Everybody knows Roy Halladay won't be in Toronto next season, and I believe the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs will bid minor leaguers to get him. The Phils will likely go the uncompinsated free agent route. No A or B types, thank you.
- Extend Lee, Victorino and Ruiz. Cliff Lee is the ace, no questions asked. He deserves a new deal starting in 2011, and Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz should avoid arbitration with two-year pacts.