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Joe Maddon exercises opt-out, won’t return to Rays
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Jeremy Guthrie pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Lorenzo Cain drove in an early run off Tim Hudson and made a pair of nifty catches, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-1 World Series lead.
Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is free to listen to offers from any club – a prospect the manager apparently found too difficult to resist.
The bitter taste of the Phillies 2014 last place finish in the NL East is still fresh and gag worthy in everyone’s mouth. That hasn’t stopped Ruben Amaro from attempting to reconstruct the same shitty team for 2015. Jerome Williams – extended for 1 year $2.5M Grady Sizemore – extended for 1 year $2M Cesar Jimenez – avoids arbitration It’s not that any of those players were the reason for the Phillies woes last season, but they likely aren’t going to help turn the squad around either. As pointed out in the last post, Williams twirled magic in 9 starts with the Phillies, but was atrocious with the Rangers and Astros earlier in the year. Sizemore was released by Boston and played only league average for the Phils. Jimenez tossed 16 innings for the Phillies, albeit quality, but that’s a small sample size. Delving deeper, Williams, Sizemore, and Jimenez will all be 30+ years old next season with little upside. Thinking Williams can maintain anywhere near a 2.83 ERA is foolhardy. Thinking Grady will return to his glory days with Cleveland is foolish. Thinking Jimenez will repeat his 1.69 ERA over an entire season is silly. I’m not angry any of these guys are returning. I’m just confused.
Amaro Attempts to Reconstruct Crap Team
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Pat Gillick says Phillies won’t likely contend in 2015 or 2016