Transaction Analysis

Phillies sign Rheal Cormier for 3 years, $8.75 million

What are the Phillies doing? Cormier would make a decent lefty specialist - lefties have hit .232 with 2 home runs against him over the past 4 seasons. He's by no means a bad pitcher - are you listening, Jose Mesa? - but the Phillies are not in a position to fine tune their roster by signing decent middle relievers when there are so many major, and easily fixable, problems with the rest of the team. There isn't a team out there who couldn't use Cormier, but the Phillies are now spending over six million dollars a year on Jose Mesa and Cormier, when they could have gotten two minor-league free agent pitchers for almost nothing, plus a player like Luis Alicea to help fix their second base "situation". For a team like the Yankees or Braves that have the major players in place and some money to spend, this would be a defensible move, but for a team that is considered by some to be "small market" (despite playing in one of the largest cities in the country), this is certainly not the right move.

Triple Steal Rating: Out

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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