January 15, 2015 |
DAILY NEWS Phillies writer David Murphy hosted a chat on Philly.com yesterday. Here are some of the highlights: Question: Why won't the Phillies just cut Ryan Howard? What happens then? Can anyone sign him? Would anyone sign him? Who pays? Wouldn't it be better to not have him around? Murph: Why would they cut him? Maikel Franco is going to spend the first couple of months of the year in the minors. Darin Ruf is going to play leftfield. Cody Asche will be at third base. Cutting him just for the sake of cutting him doesn't make sense.
May 21, 2013 |
How good is the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera? So good that the other team's players are fans. The 2012 AL Triple Crown winner hit three home runs in the Detroit's 11-8 loss to Texas on Sunday night. Rangers outfielder David Murphy was impressed. "Big game, fun game, national TV," he said. "We got to witness the best hitter in the game hit three homers. " Probably helped that Murphy had a three-run dinger of his own in the sixth - though that one barely cleared the wall.
January 9, 2013
This is a post by Daily News staff writer David Murphy from the Phillies' blog, High Cheese: AS YOU MAY have read elsewhere, Ruben Amaro Jr. thinks that his offseason work is likely complete. Given the options remaining on the free-agent market, you can't blame him for feeling that way. I still would not be surprised if the Phillies landed a righthanded power bat like Scott Hairston, but any such player is likely to be a part-time player who struggled against righthanded pitching while mashing lefties.
December 27, 2012 |
This is an excerpt from a post on the Daily News' Phillies blog, High Cheese: MAYBE THE Mayans were wrong. Or maybe they were Phillies fans. Because right now, it is looking like Dec. 21, 2012, will go down in history as the last day any realist could consider the Phillies a surefire World Series contender. The next day, the last of the everyday corner outfielders was in the process of vanishing from the free-agent market, as Nick Swisher was agreeing with the Indians on a 4-year, $56 million contract.
December 24, 2012 |
This is an excerpt from a post on the Daily News Phillies blog, High Cheese. ON SATURDAY, Cody Ross found a new home. The well-traveled, useful, righthanded-hitting outfielder signed a 3-year, $26 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Less than 24 hours later, fellow free agent Nick Swisher also came off the market. Cleveland signed Swisher, a switch-hitter with power and a strong plate discipline, to a 4-year, $56 million deal. The contract includes a vesting option that can push the contract to 5 years, $70 million.
December 16, 2012
Michael Vick, Sam Bradford and Blaine Gabbert have two things in common. One, they quarterback losing teams that rank in the bottom six in the NFL in scoring. Two, they all have a better quarterback rating than Andrew Luck, who has helped lead the Colts to a 9-4 record and a 22.5 points-per-game average that ranks 17th in the league. The deficiencies of the quarterback rating metric are well-documented, but it is particularly ineffective when it comes to evaluating the performance of young signalcallers.
December 13, 2012
This is a post by David Murphy on the Daily News' High Cheese blog. WE'LL START with the caveats. The Phillies could have far more cash at their disposal than they are letting on. They could have an ownership group that is willing to risk 4 or 5 years on Josh Hamilton. They could be trigger-happy. Or the Texas Rangers could just be claiming interest in retaining Hamilton out of politeness. But absent a significant extenuating circumstance, I simply cannot envision a scenario in which Hamilton signing with the Phillies makes sense.
December 6, 2012
A FEW WEEKS ago, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel sent Eagles coach Andy Reid a text message that said, in essence, keep your head up. On Wednesday, Manuel was asked his opinion on what Reid is going through in this tough, 3-9 Eagles season. "I pull for Andy Reid," Manuel said. "I want him to win games. I want him to win a championship. I want the Eagles to win. I want them to win a Super Bowl. At the same time, I'm sure he's doing the best he possibly can. That's kind of how football goes.
November 9, 2012 |
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Spend enough time looking at the Phillies' current holes and their current options for filling them and you will end up convincing yourself that their best option - perhaps their only option - for returning to the top of the National League East involves a trade. It could be a blockbuster on the level of the Yankees' 2009 acquisition of Curtis Granderson, or a lesser move that adds a needed part while also rectifying an intriguing internal dilemma. That doesn't mean that a trade is imminent, or even that one is likely.
November 8, 2012
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Want to make a general manager uncomfortable? Mention the new national television contracts Major League Baseball finalized in October, which will net the sport nearly 70 percent more in annual revenue than the previous batch of deals. Though the contracts do not begin until 2014, they represent a significant wild card for this year's free-agent signing period as teams decide how much money to allocate to multiyear contracts. And that could work to the detriment of a team like the Phillies.