Thursday, January 7, 2010
Jamie Moyer underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday, and according to Ruben Amaro Jr. he will not be ready for opening day. The Phils have since talked to Ben Sheets and Chen Ming Wang. The Phils have made a lot of great moves over the past few years, but the Moyer signing has done nothing but backfire. Jamie Moyer is great for the organization and all, but only as a coach at this point in his career. He is a hometown boy that really made a splash with the Phillies when he first came here, but I think that it is time for him to step aside and let someone younger step in. He is due 8 million this year, which is absurd for a 45 year old that tops out at 83mph. Again I like Moyer, but he is a broken down pitcher that reminds me of Harris form the movie Major League.
Ben Sheets, on the other hand would be a low risk, high reward free agent. Provided he is healthy he could really help out the Phils staff if he can get back to his 2007 and 2008 form. The Phils could offer him a one year contract with an option for a second year for pretty cheap. I think that this would be a no brainer for Ruben and the Phils provided he is cleared by doctors. There is a lot of upside to Sheets, but if he does go down then Old Man Moyer will be right there to take his spot in the rotation when he is healthy again.
Wang is someone that nobody should have any interest in. This guy hurt his foot running the bases two years ago, and then forgot how to pitch. He went from a 20 game winner to a triple-A pitcher. I hope that he is not being considered by the Phils, because this guy absolutely stinks!