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Monday, December 15, 2008

Old Man Moyer returns

Jamie Moyer is returning with the Phillies after signing a two-year deal, probably worth close to 10 million dollars per year. I think Moyer is a fantastic pitcher, but I think the Phils should have overpaid for Derek Lowe instead of paying a 46-year-old to pitch two more years here. Moyer had a great year, and I would not be surprised if he pitches through 2010. However, I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't make it to June 2009. A 46-year-old pitcher is just that: 46 years old.

Lowe is certainly more expensive - but he's better. He was second in the NL in WHIP last year. First? Cole Hamels. Imagine a rotation where you have the two leaders in WHIP. Two out of every five days you're pretty much guaranteed to low numbers of baserunners. Counter that with Brett Myers, Joe Blanton, and J.A. Happ/Carlos Carrasco/Chan Ho Park/Kyle Kendrick. That's a damn good rotation.

Instead, the Phillies went the easy route, knowing that re-signing a nostalgic, hometown World Series winner would be a) cheaper than Lowe, and b) just as easy to sell to the fans.

What have the Phils done this offseason? They didn't offer the Bat arbitration, afraid he would accept. Now, the Phils are letting their 32-year-old .367 career OBP LF who hit 33 homers last year walk away in favor of a 36-year-old .346 career OBP LF who hit 23 homers last year. Yes, he played in SafeCo, but Burrell hit 21 road homers in 2008.

I don't want to criticize the Phillies after what happened on October 29, but it's hard to ignore that their two main decisions thus far (Ibanez over Burrell and Moyer/CHPark over Lowe) have resulted in the cheap option over the optimal baseball option.

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