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Phils and Fish decide to call it wrap after 19 games this year, unless, of course, they meet in the World Series

You probably think the biggest reason the Phils and Marlins can’t face each other in the World Series is that they both play in the National League. It’s not.

The ’13 Phils and Marlins finally, finally pulled the plug on their competition with one another last night to the betterment of the baseball-loving world. I’m really not sure how much more the baseball-loving world could have handled. It’s baseball-loving, but we’re going to need to agree on some common sense guidelines everyone can live with, folks.

The Marlins won the game 3-2 with an eighth-inning run off of Ethan Martin.

The Phils are 12-7 against Miami this season and 60-79 against everyone else.

The Phils scored two runs on ten hits last night, nine singles and Darin Ruf‘s seventh-inning double. The last home run they hit came on September 17 when Chase Utley went deep off of Miami lefty Brian Flynn. The Phillies have played seven games since then, going 1-6 and scoring 18 runs. 18 runs over seven games is about 2.57 runs per game. In those seven games, the Phils have hit .215 and slugged .269. If you have good pitching, it’s just about impossible to win consistently hitting .215 and slugging .269. The Phillies don’t have good pitching.

The Phililes are 72-86 on the year after losing 3-2 to the Miami Marlins last night. The Marlins take the three-game set two games to one. The Phillies have lost six of seven and are in fourth place in the NL East, a game behind the third-place Mets. They scored two runs in the one game of their last seven that they won, beating the Marlins 2-1. They are 23-38 since beating the Mets 13-8 on the first day back from the All-Star break.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a triple. He struck out six.

Hamels ends the year with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.16 ratio. He pitched to a 4.58 ERA and a 1.30 ratio over his first 17 starts from April through the end of June. 2.68 ERA and a 1.03 ratio in his final 16 starts for the season. He walked 17 in 114 innings over his last 16 starts, which is about 1.3 per nine innings and way below his career rates. Matt Gelb from this morning’s Inquirer: “Troglodytes will point to his 8-14 record as an indicator of failure.” Not sure exactly what I wanted to say about that, but it wasn’t nothing. At any rate, Hamels was among the best pitchers in the NL this year, eight wins or not, and the 8-14 record says a lot more about what’s wrong with the Phillie offense and bullpen than it does about what’s wrong with Cole Hamels. There’s nothing wrong with Cole Hamels.

He allowed leadoff single to Christian Yelich to start the bottom of the first, but got the next three hitters.

Justin Ruggiano walked to start the second and moved up to second on an infield single by Placido Polanco, putting runners on first and second for Adeniy Hechavarria. Hamels had Hechavarria buried in the count when the righty crushed an 0-2 pitch to center where it landed for a two-run triple. 2-0 with Hechavarria on third and nobody out. Hamels kept the Marlins from getting more in the frame, getting a ground ball to short with the runner holding for the first out before striking out the next two hitters to end the inning.

Hamels has excelled in preventing walks late in the season, but the leadoff walk to the righty Ruggiano hurts him in the inning. After the infield single, he gets ahead of the weak-hitting Hechavarria before Hechavarria crushes an 0-2 pitch to center for the big blow of the game. Great work after that by Hamels to keep the Marlins from getting another run after they put a man on third with nobody out. He did get the eight-hitter and the pitcher for the first two outs, but impressive nonetheless.

Hamels allowed a double and a walk to the first two men he faced in the third, but set down the next three Miami hitters in order to keep them off the board.

He set the Marlins down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth. Polanco doubled to right with two outs in the sixth, but Hamels got Hechavarria on a fly ball to right for the third out.

Things got weird in the seventh. The Phillies hit for Hamels in the top of the frame and Cesar Jimenez started the bottom of the inning with the score tied at 2-2. Switch-hitter Koylie Hill led off and Jimenez walked him. Juan Pierre was next, pinch-hitting for the pitcher Brad Hand, and bunted. Ruiz fielded the bunt and threw to second in time to force Hill for the first out. Jimenez walked Donovan Solano, putting men on first and second for Ed Lucas. He picked Pierre off of second, but the Phillies didn’t get the call. Lucas hit a ground ball to first with Frandsen throwing to second to force Solano for the second, leaving Miami with two down and runners on the corners for Yelich. Yelich hit a ground ball to Frandsen and Frandsen tossed to Jimenez covering first. Jimenez wasn’t very close to tagging Yelich out, but the Phillies got that call and the inning was over.

Two really bad calls in the inning. Pierre was out at second on the pickoff play and called safe. Yelich was safe at first and called out, which ended the inning instead of giving the Fish their third run of the game.

Jimenez walks two in the scoreless frame. 2.20 ERA and a 1.16 ratio for the year over 16 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .193 against him, but with eight walks in 16 1/3.

The Marlins got their third run of the game in the eighth. Martin got the first out before walking Ruggiano and Ruggiano moved to third on a single by Polanco. It put runners on the corners for Hechavarria. With the infield in, Hechavarria chopped a 2-0 pitch over the mound. Rollins nearly made a fantastic play, ranging far to his left, fielding and throwing home. His throw was a little on the first base side of home, though, and not handled cleanly by Ruiz at the plate. Ruggiano was safe and the Marlins were up 3-2 with runners on second and third with one out. Rollins was charged with a very tough error on the play. Martin struck Hill out swinging for the second out before walking lefty Greg Dobbs to load the bases. He struck the righty Solano out swinging to leave them loaded.

That was a really nice play by Rollins, even though the Phillies didn’t get an out. Ruiz should have caught his throw at the plate. I still don’t think they would have gotten Ruggiano, but it would have saved Rollins the error and kept Hechavarria at first instead of second.

Martin allows a run on a single and two walks in the frame. He walks Ruggiano to start the Miami rally and has walked 25 in 37 innings for the year. Walking 25 in 37 innings makes it really exceptionally difficult to be effective. Opponents are on-basing .364 against him with an isolated power of .240. He has a 6.90 ERA and a 1.80 ratio in his seven starts and a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 ratio in seven appearances in relief.

Two innings for the pen in which they allow a run on a hit and four walks while striking out two. Jimenez threw 23 pitches and Martin 26. Neither has thrown more than one day in a row.

The Phillie lineup against lefty Brad Hand went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Ruiz (5) Brown (6) Ruf (7) Frandsen (8) Galvis. Frandsen again at first and Galvis at third. Mayberry on the bench against the lefty and the lefty Asche on the bench. I truly think it would be worthwhile for the Phillies to find out if Mayberry can be a valuable player if you only play him at first and in the corner outfield positions against left-handed pitching.

Utley singled to center with two outs in the top of the first, but Ruiz popped to first behind him.

Brown singled to start the second and took second on a one-out walk by Frandsen. Galvis and Hamels both grounded out to turn the Phillies away.

Frandsen draws his 12th walk of the year. He’s walked in about 4.5% of his plate appearances this season. Last night’s walk came off the lefty Hand, but Frandsen has walked in just five of his 181 plate appearances against righties for the season (2.8%).

Down 2-0, the Phils went in order in the third and again in the fourth.

Galvis singled to center with one out in the fifth. Hamels struck out trying to bunt for the second out before Hernandez flew to right.

Hamels can’t bunt Galvis to second after the one-out single.

Utley singled to left with one out in the sixth, but Ruiz grounded into a double-play behind him.

Ruf doubled to center with one out in the seventh and moved up to third when Frandsen followed with a single to left. Galvis was next and blooped a 1-1 pitch into shallow right-center for a single. Ruf scored to cut the lead to 2-1 and Frandsen moved up to second. Mayberry hit for Hamels and the righty AJ Ramos came in to pitch to Mayberry. Asche hit for Mayberry and struck out swinging for the second out. It brought Hernandez to the plate with two down and men on first and second. He lined a 2-0 pitch into right, scoring Frandsen on a close play at the plate and leaving the Phils with runners on second and third in a 2-2 game. Rollins popped to short to leave the runners at second and third.

The Phils hit for Hamels down a run with one out and runners on first and second. Hamels had thrown 103 pitches in the game, allowing two runs over six innings. I think that’s the right decision. I like the idea of Mayberry against the lefty there, although Mayberry should have been in the lineup against the lefty to start with. Mayberry winds up not getting to hit and Asche strikes out in his stead, but the Phils wind up getting the second run that ties the game anyway thanks to the two-out hit by Hernandez.

Brown singled to center off of lefty Mike Dunn with two outs in the eighth. Righty Chad Qualls took over for Dunn and walked Ruf, but Frandsen flew to left to leave the runners on first and second.

Hernandez 1-for-5 with an RBI. Didn’t catch Hechavarria’s early triple that dropped on the track, but it looked pretty uncatchable. 1-for-12 with a walk in the series. 282/345/330 for the season. Isolated power of .048.

Rollins 0-for-5 and was charged with an error on the play in which Miami scored their third run. 2-for-13 with two doubles in the series. 250/318/346 for the season.

Utley 2-for-4. 3-for-10 with two walks in the series. 282/347/477 for the year.

Ruiz 0-for-4. 0-for-8 in the series. 2-for-his-last-31 (.065) with two walks and two singles. 269/320/370 on the year.

Brown 2-for-4 with two singles, both of which came off of lefties. 3-for-11 with a walk in the series. No homers in his last 87 plate appearances. 274/326/502 for the year. Was slugging .560 after going 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run against the Braves on July 7, but has hit 258/326/381 over his last 172 plate appearances.

Ruf 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. The Phillies again flail against a left-handed pitcher. They need Ruf and he got the job done last night, doubling off the lefty Hand and drawing a late walk off the righty Qualls. 3-for-10 with two walks and a double in the series. 258/359/479 on the year. Still hitting just 197/312/364 against left-handed pitching for the year.

Frandsen 1-for-3 with a walk. 1-for-8 with a walk in the series. 231/296/343 for the year.

Galvis 3-for-4 with three singles and an RBI. 3-for-8 in the series. 16-for-his-last-40 (.400) with a double and two home runs. One walk in his last 56 plate appearances. 239/289/396 on the year.

Cloyd (2-6, 5.40) faces righty David Hale (0-0, 0.00) tonight in Atlanta as the Phils open their final series of the season. Cloyd has allowed at least five earned runs in each of his three September starts, throwing to an 11.77 ERA and a 2.08 ratio. He’s actually only walked two in those 13 innings, but allowed 25 hits as opponents have hit .403 against him. The Braves took the 25-year-old Hale in the third round of the 2009 draft. He threw to a 3.22 ERA at 1.39 ratio at Triple-A for Atlanta this year and made his debut against the Padres earlier this month. He pitched very well in that game, striking out nine in five shutout innings in the only appearance of his career. He struck out 77 in 114 2/3 innings in the minors this year, so don’t go thinking he’s Buzz Lightyear or anything.

Juan of the problems

In 2012, Phillie left fielders walked in about 6.3% of their plate appearances, which was the 15th-best walk rate in the 16 team NL. So what went wrong? Well, the Phillies gave about 80% of their plate appearances at the position to Juan Pierre and John Mayberry and those guys didn’t walk.

Here’s how the percentages of plate appearances and walks for the Phillie left fielders break down for 2012:

Player % of PA BB% as LF
Pierre 60.2 5.0
Mayberry 19.8 5.8
Brown 8.3 6.9
Nix 3.7 15.4
Wigginton 3.6 24.0
Ruf 3.0 4.8
Others (2) 1.3 0.0
All PHI LF 100 6.3
NL avg LF - 8.0

Juan Pierre just doesn’t walk and you shouldn’t expect him to. His career walk rate is 5.7% and he was around that mark while playing left field at the position last year.

Mayberry has been better at drawing walks than Pierre for his career, walking in about 7.4% of his chances, but walked in just 5.8% of his plate appearances while playing left field for the Phils in 2012.

Below them there’s some weird stuff with the guys who got a smaller number of plate appearances. The walk rate for the team would have been even worse had Wigginton and Nix not combined to bizarrely walk 10 times in their 51 plate appearances (about 19.6%). The left fielders other than Wigginton and Nix combined to walk in about 5.3% of their plate appearances for the Phils.

To the degree there’s good news on this front, it’s that Brown, and hopefully Ruf, are both likely to walk at much higher rates going forward than they did in their time playing left field for the Phillies in 2012.

Walking haul

In 2012, NL batters walked in about 7.9% of their plate appearances. Right-handed hitters like Delmon Young walked in about 7.3% of their plate appearances. In their chances against righties they drew walks about 6.9% of the time and in their chances against lefties they walked about 8.0% of the time.

Delmon Young walks less than that and he always has.

The table below shows Young’s walk percentages for every year of his career except 2006. In 2006, he got 131 plate appearances and walked once (0.8% walk rate). Not saying it matters, but the walk came against righty Huston Street.

Year BB% vs L vs R
2007 3.8 4.1 3.7
2008 5.6 7.5 4.8
2009 2.9 2.2 3.2
2010 4.6 6.7 3.6
2011 4.6 5.6 4.2
2012 3.3 2.1 3.8
Career 4.1 4.7 3.8

His walk rate has just about always been bad. The years when it’s been really atrocious are 2009 and 2012. As I mentioned yesterday, in 2012 there were 222 players other than Young across both leagues with at least 350 plate appearances and 221 of them had a better walk rate than he did. In 2009 his 2.9% walk rate was 249th of 252 players across both leagues with at least 350 plate appearances.

In both of those years, Young’s walk rate against lefties was down super low, almost to 2%. You’ll notice that in 2010, his walk rate against righties was similar to his walk rate in ’09 and ’12, but he got his overall walk rate up to 4.6% thanks to walks in 6.7% of his plate appearances against lefties.

Young’s best walk rate of his career was 2008 when he walked in about 5.6% of his plate appearances. That still isn’t good. In Phillies context, among the players with 100 plate appearances in 2012, Polanco walked in about 5.5% of his PA and Pieree in about 5.2%. They were all below the team rate of 7.4%. And the team rate of 7.4% was terrible.

Brian Schneider seems to be retiring at age 36. Schneider spent the last three years of his career with the Phillies, hitting 212/295/327 over 384 plate appearances.

MLB.com’s top 100 prospect list is now available. It includes left-handed pitcher Jesse Biddle at number 60 and right-handed pitcher Ethan Martin at number 80. Given that there are 30 MLB teams, having your best prospect on the list appear at number 60 isn’t a good sign.

Walk rate state

Ben Revere walked in 5.2% of his plate appearances in 2012. Here’s that 5.2% walk rate in the context of Phillies hitters with at least 100 plate appearances in 2012:

Chase Utley 362 11.9
Ty Wigginton 360 10.3
Domonic Brown 212 9.9
Laynce Nix 127 9.5
Jimmy Rollins 699 8.9
Ryan Howard 292 8.6
Hunter Pence 440 8.4
Shane Victorino 431 8.1
League Average 7.9
John Mayberry 479 7.1
Erik Kratz 157 7.0
Carlos Ruiz 421 6.9
Mike Fontenot 105 6.7
Placido Polanco 328 5.5
Ben Revere 553 5.2
Juan Pierre 439 5.2
Kevin Frandsen 210 4.3
Michael Martinez 122 4.1
Freddy Galvis 200 3.5
Team Total 6172 7.4

Revere just tops Pierre, walking in 5.244% of his ’12 plate appearances compared to 5.239% for Pierre. Again, it feels like it’s a good time to point out that Pierre and Revere are kind of similar offensive players, except that Pierre has more power.

Also, Kevin Frandsen deserves mention for walking in just nine of his 210 plate appearances in 2012, giving him a walk rate below a lot of the guys you would normally put on the suspect list of people who never walk. 4.3% is low even for him, but he’s not a guy who takes walks. He’s walked in about 5.4% of his plate appearances over his career. So if he wants to on-base .383 again, he should make sure to remember to hit .338 or so.

Also catching your eye has to be Ruiz, who on-based .394 thanks to hitting .325, but despite a walk rate well below league average. After walking in at least ten percentage of his plate appearances for the last four years, Ruiz’s walk rate dropped to 6.9% in 2012.

This suggests the chances that Josh Hamilton will stay in Texas have increased in recent days.

Bennie and the jets

The table below shows how Revere’s numbers compare to the numbers of fellow left-handed speedsters Juan Pierre and Michael Bourn in their age 23 and 24 seasons. Also included are the numbers for Pierre and Bourn for their next two years as well as what they did in 2011 and 2012 (Revere’s age 23 and 24 seasons).

Player and age Year PA AVG/OBP/SLG wOBA bWAR fWAR UZR/150 in OF
Revere 23 ’11 481 267/310/309 .278 (-.038) 0.7 2.0 14.4
Revere 24 ’12 553 294/333/342 .300 (-.015) 2.4 3.4 18.6
Pierre 23 ’01 683 327/378/415 .350 (+.023) 2.9 2.6 UKN
Pierre 24 ’02 640 287/332/343 .304 (-.022) 0.4 2.3 15.3
Pierre 25 ’03 747 305/361/373 .328 (+-0) 3.4 4.7 9.1
Pierre 26 ’04 748 326/374/407 .345 (+.015) 3.7 4.4 -4.9
Pierre 33 ’11 711 279/329/327 .296 (-.020) -0.8 -0.5 -10.7
Pierre 34 ’12 439 307/351/371 .320 (+.005) 1.9 1.7 -0.4
Bourn 23 ’06 11 - - - - -
Bourn 24 ’07 133 277/348/378 .320 (-.011) 0.9 1.2 22.9
Bourn 25 ’08 514 229/288/300 .267 (-.061) 0.7 0.2 4.0
Bourn 26 ’09 678 285/354/384 .330 (+.001) 4.7 4.9 9.9
Bourn 28 ’11 722 294/349/386 .325 (+.009) 3.0 4.1 -6.2
Bourn 29 ’12 703 274/348/391 .326 (+.011) 6.0 6.4 22.5

For wOBA, it’s important to remember that the average wOBA changes from year to year. So, for example, the 2011 wOBA line for Revere means that his actual wOBA for 2011 was .278 and that .278 was .038 lower than the average wOBA for the year of .316.

You can see the constants that FanGraphs uses for calculating wOBA here.

Bourn barely played at all when he was 23 or 24. Pierre was better offensively than Revere in his 23 and 24-year-old seasons, but not as good defensively, at least by UZR/150 in all outfield positions combined.

If you total up the WAR for Revere and Pierre for their age 23 and 24 seasons, Revere is at 3.1 bWAR and Pierre 3.3. By fWAR, Revere tops Pierre 5.4 to 4.9. Important to remember is that Pierre got a lot more chances to play and accumulate WAR in his age 23 and 24 seasons, getting 289 more plate appearances in the two years combined and playing 468 1/3 more innings in the outfield.

Bourn, notably, got just 144 plate appearances through his age 24 seasons and then was terrible in his age 25 season before putting up a big year with the Astros at age 26 (285/354/384 with 61 stolen bases).

Revere has displayed no power to date, even relative to the light-hitting Pierre and Bourn, and almost surely never will.

His isolated power in 2011 was .042. That was 175 of 175 players across both leagues with 450 or more plate appearances. Pierre was 174th on that list at .049.

In 2012, Revere was at .049. That was 114th of 114 players across both leagues with 550 or more plate appearances. Nobody else with 550 or more PA came close to showing that little power last year. Yunel Escobar was 113th of 114 and his isolated power was .091.

If you remove the 2006 season for Bourn in which he got 11 plate appearances, there are 13 seasons between Pierre, Bourn and Revere on the table above. Revere’s best mark for isolated power over the last two seasons is .049. There’s only one season in which either Pierre or Bourn has an isolated power worse than .049 — Pierre put up an .049 in 2011 on his way to a miserable, negative WAR season.

Bourn’s isolated power in 2012 was .117, which is the highest mark for any of the 13 seasons. Between both leagues, there were 148 players who got at least 500 plate appearances in 2012. Bourn’s isolated power of .117 was 122nd best of the 148.

The Phillies traded relievers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla to Texas for Michael Young. The linked article also suggests that the Rangers will pay about $10 million of Young’s 2012 salary, leaving $6 million for the Phillies to pay. It also suggests the Phillies paid Young $1.2 million to waive his no-trade clause and will give him a new no-trade clause.

Young was terrible in 2012. If he’s that bad again in 2013, that’s not going to work out for the Phillies. I like the deal, though, cause he still has upside and willing be playing for his next contract. Linblom’s numbers out of Dodger Stadium were never real impressive.

This article says that after the trade of Worley, the Phillies are looking for a low-risk, high-reward type guy to help fill out the rotation and mentions John Lannan, Dallas Braden, Carlos Zambrano and Roy Oswalt.

Whoa boy

The last post suggested that the outfield defense for the Phillies has gotten really bad over the last three years, at least as measured by FanGraph’s UZR/150. Offensively, the Phillies have been really good in the outfield compared to the rest of baseball in recent years, at least until 2012, when things took a hard turn in the wrong direction. Here’s the wOBA for Phillie outfielders over the last eight years as calculated by FanGraphs as well as the rank of that mark among teams across both leagues:

Year wOBA MLB Rank
2005 .366 1
2006 .353 T-4
2007 .371 1
2008 .343 12
2009 .359 3
2010 .352 5
2011 .342 5
2012 .320 T-18

So, coming into 2012, in six of the last seven seasons, Phillie outfielders had combined to be in the top five among all MLB teams in wOBA. This year they finished in a three-way tie for 18th with the Cubs and Padres.

The Phillies led the league in wOBA for outfielders in 2005 and again in 2007. Abreu led the way in ’05, posting a wOBA of .379 over 719 plate appearances. Burrell was also very good offensively at .384 over his 669 plate appearances. Jason Michaels (.362 over 343) and Kenny Lofton (.359 over 406) were each surpisingly effective offensively that year. Burrell led the way in ’07, putting up a FanGraphs calculated wOBA of .392 in 684 plate appearances. Rowand was fantastic that year as well — .384 over 598 plate appearances. Werth got just 302 plate appearances with the Phillies, but put up an impressive .382 wOBA mark with the team.

Since 2007, the Phillies haven’t led all of baseball in the category. They had been in the top five of MLB teams in three of the past four years coming in to 2012.

In 2012, Hunter Pence was the only outfielder for the Phillies to get at least 50 plate appearances and put up a wOBA better than .320. Here’s how the outfielders looked from top to bottom for 2012 wOBA:

Player PA wOBA
Pence 440 .340
Pierre 439 .320
Nix 127 .317
Victorino 431 .317
Brown 212 .309
Schierholtz 73 .306
Mayberry 479 .303

Mayberry has to take a lot of the blame for dragging down the wOBA for the group in 2012. His wOBA of .303 was 137th of 171 players across both leagues with at least 450 plate appearances and way off of his 2011 pace of .368. In 183 more plate appearances than he had in ’11, Mayberry homered one less time.

Domonic Brown didn’t fare much better at .309. He did get a lot less chances to do much damage, though, with just 212 plate appearances. He wound up with numbers a little bit worse than his 2011 stats, in just about the same number of at-bats (210 plate appearances in 2011 and 212 in 2012). He’s hitting .196 against lefties for his career, which is going to be a problem if the Phillies want to play him every day.

Like Mayberry, Victorino got a ton of plate appearances for the Phillies and was pretty bad with the bat, putting up a wOBA of .317, which was a huge drop from his .368 mark in 2011 and well below career mark of .338. Between 2008 and 2011, Vicotorino was above .350 in three different seasons. Mayberry and Victorino posted the same .368 wOBA in 2011 and both were awful offensively for the Phillies in 2012.

Pierre’s .320 was his second-best mark since the end of his 2004 season with the Marlins. He ended the year just above his career mark of .317. In his 13-year career, he’s posted an OPS+ better than 100 just twice. 2012 with the Phillies wasn’t one of those times as he finished at 95. He didn’t get a lot of chances against lefties, just 69 plate appearances for the year, but the ones he got didn’t go very well as he went 12-for-63 (.190) with 12 singles and one walk.

Pence’s .340 was off his career mark of .352 and he ended the year overall at .323 after hitting .219 for the Giants in 248 plate appearances. .323 was the worst wOBA of his career.

So. The Phillies were bad. They had five outfielders get at least 200 plate appearances in 2012 and three of them (Victorino, Pence, Pierre) are gone. Of the other two, one, Mayberry, was terrible last year offensively and the other, Brown, has been bad offensively for two years straight. Ruf is certainly a big unknown with upside in terms of what he can do offensively, but the other two guys, lefties Nix and Schierholtz, aren’t. Schierholtz’s career wOBA of .315 isn’t likely to lead the Phillies much of anywhere and I’m not sure you want to put that many eggs in Nix’s career .307 basket either.

This suggests Torii Hunter has reached a two-year, $26 million agreement with the Tigers.

Ken Rosenthal tweets the Phillies met with BJ Upton earlier this week. Upton visited Atlanta yesterday and can’t wait to see how this all pans out.

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