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Posted by Jason Thornbury at 1/5/2006 2:09:00 PM
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I love the lead of this AP story on the Phillies signing Ryan Franklin:

The Phillies made a move to bolster their starting rotation, agreeing Thursday to a $2.6 million, one-year contract with right-hander Ryan Franklin.

Bolster? If signing Ryan Franklin "bolsters" your rotation, either A) your pitching is rancidly horrible or B) you don't know Ryan Franklin.


How does Ryan Franklin even get a major league deal, let alone $2.6M? Furthermore, take a quick look at the homers allowed the last three years - 34, 33, and 28, pitching half his games in Safeco. Now I know they're moving back the fences some in left at Citizens Bank Ballpark, but this is just a recipe for disaster.
Posted by Erickson at 1/5/2006 4:10:00 PM
I wish i was wrong, but Ryan Franklyn is not a good fit for Citizens Park unless you are rooting for the other team. This guy is not even bullpen material in Philly, fans are not going to be happy with this guy at all.
Posted by the evil empire at 1/5/2006 8:56:00 PM
This is why the Phillies will always be the epitome of mediocrity as far as Iím concerned. As a Met fan, I can't wait to watch Delgado and co, tee off against Frank-crap.
Posted by klai at 1/6/2006 10:51:00 AM
Who IS Ryan Franklin?!? Noboby I'd want on my team,if what I read here is right. Dave T.
Posted by baseballdude29 at 1/6/2006 12:55:00 PM
C'mon guys, give the Phils a break. I mean, they did sign Cory Lidle to a two-year deal worth $3.3 mil per last season... That was sarcastic, but then again he was comparable to/better than [in that ballpark] higher-paid pitchers Kris Benson, Russ Ortiz, Matt Clement, Sidney Ponson, Carl Pavano, Kevin Brown, Mike Mussina, etc., and did pick up 13 wins on the season.
Posted by bscwik at 1/9/2006 7:17:00 PM
The funny thing is Philly GM Pat Gillick was Franklin's GM in Seattle. You think he'd know better. A move like this strikes me as kind of like the guy at the end of your baseball draft who picks players from his favorite team because at least he knows those players aren't injured and aren't in a position battle or anything. It's like dance with the devil you know.
Posted by Superthorn at 1/10/2006 10:39:00 AM
I know you were being a little sarcastic Bret, but remember that Lidle was signed by the old regime, not by Gillick, so no he gets no credit here. Besides, Franklin is substantially worse than even Lidle's worst year.

This strikes me as a total crony hiring, as Thorn alluded to.
Posted by Erickson at 1/10/2006 12:22:00 PM

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