After Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. spent much of July with a phone attached to his ear and eventually doing nothing in the way of making trades, fans were interested to see what he could do after the MLB trade deadline.
Does acquiring Jerome Williams float your boat? We didn’t think so.
Two of the worst pitching staffs in baseball got rid of Williams this season, but Amaro’s acquisition of him just proves this patchwork approach to improving the team is all wrong. Amaro should have gotten rid of some of the Phillies’ bigger names for prospects. If he could not have acquired top-level prospects, there certainly was a valid argument for getting lower-level ones just to dump salary.
That way, the Phillies would have some wiggle room to sign free agents of need in the offseason. Right now, they have no prospects and no wiggle room, and that’s a deadly combination.
None of this is Williams’ fault, though. The 32-year-old Hawaiian did relatively well on Tuesday against one of his other former teams, the Los Angeles Angels, before he was pulled and the Phillies’ bullpen imploded in a 7-2 loss. Williams came from the Texas Rangers, who he made two starts for and allowed 11 runs in 10 innings (a 9.90 ERA). He got his walking papers from the Rangers after the Cleveland Indians rocked him for 10 runs and 13 hits in just four innings on Aug. 1. As a reliever for the Houston Astros, he had a 6.04 ERA in 26 games.
Hey, but it’s an improvement on the guy he replaced, Sean O’Sullivan, who had a 6.94 ERA in two starts for the Phillies and now has been sent back to the minor leagues.
Someone needs to tell Amaro this is not the NBA, where they award you with lottery picks for being bad and this approach of acquiring pitchers of questionable ability means the Phillies are set on being really bad for the final five weeks of the season.
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