Thursday, June 27, 2013

Philadelphia Phillies: John McDonald Trade Sets Up Another?

The Philadelphia Phillies' trade for journeyman infielder John McDonald creates the need for a major league roster move to be made by tomorrow 6/28. 

Ruben Amaro may simply eliminate one of his bench men, or be preparing to trade a starter. Doing so would allow McDonald to take over for someone like Freddy Galvis, or Kevin Frandsen. 

With whatever happens, this seemingly minor move appears likely to lead to bigger things in the very near future.
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The Philadelphia Flyers' decision to buy out Ilya Bryzgalov had to happen. (Here's a link to my special Yahoo feature on today's deal, for more detailed information.)
Bryz - Behind the Scenes

When one considers the impatience of this organization over the course of many decades, it seemed unlikely that the team would wait until next year to used it's second amnesty option (after using the first on Danny Briere).

Bryzgalov was quixotic behind the scenes in the locker room during game days and during practices. My own experiences with him weren't negative. 

It was easy for me to see that he's very uncomfortable talking with the media. At times he would avoid coming into the locker room, or not submit to team requests for him to speak to us (the reporters) after some games.

As to why that is touches upon his personality and goes beyond the realm of sports' analysis.

The man has skill for sure. Remember when he carried the Flyers on his franchise-record scoreless streak in March 2012? That was no fluke and came when the team's defense was as shaky as ever and Chris Pronger-less.


I don't know if Steve Mason will be the team's number 1 come the fall. It will be interesting to see who the 'other' goalie will be, as a veteran option would signal faith in the former Calder Trophy winner for the future.

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