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Posted by beelove at 10:55 am ET 12 Comments

“You’re pretty good Taylor, but you’re no Halladay!” “Aw, man.”

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest, Fightins Fans. Me, I’ve been fine, thanks for asking. The Portland spring’s been in bloom since mid-February and the beer is outstanding, but I must concede it’s been a little tough to watch the Phillies kick off the 2010 Halladay Campaign on, knowing my season tickets are being used by someone else.

Portland’s days as a baseball town are dwindling, sadly. Though the AAA Beavers (ha ha, BEAVERS) have been here since 1903, and though they’ve been playing in downtown’s PGE Park (née Civic Stadium, where the Phillies’ AAA affiliate played from 1983-86) since 1924, they’re being evicted for Major League Soccer’s expansion Timbers next year. And people seem to be really excited by this. It’s a shame, too, because for a brief time, the Expos and Marlins each considered moving here.

Anyway. It’s no Citizens Bank Park, but it’s not a bad place to spend a few Thirsty Thursday evenings ($3.75 local beers, $2.50 Miller products), including last night’s opener against the Sacramento River Cats. I’m surprised the A’s didn’t start Michael Taylor in Oakland, considering their outfield depth includes Rajai Davis, Ryan Sweeney, Travis Buck and an injured Coco Crisp. But they didn’t, and one of the two big chips the Phillies sent the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay opened his Athletics career last night with a 2-for-4, including a triple that missed being a homerun in center by about four feet.

Taylor’s tenure with the Phillies ended with a franchise Minor League Player of the Year plaque (which he received with Kyle Drabek and his Pitcher of the Year in September the night Cliff Lee CG SHO’d the Nats). He earned the club distinction that Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Pat Burrell have all earned in the past 12 years after a .320/20/84 combo between Reading and Lehigh Valley, with 21 steals for good measure.

I imagine most of us wish the man good fortune in Al Davis’ hideous Coliseum, where I’ll bet most fans don’t recognize that the elephant on their uniforms is a reference back to Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s. (John McGraw, manager of the hated New York Giants, said that manager Mack and owner Ben Shibe had a “white elephant on their hands” when the A’s began play in Philadelphia, thinking that the American League would never succeed.) I was kinda sorry to see Taylor go, and said as much, and he replied, “it’s all good, just part of the business.”

Nice fella, that Michael Taylor. According to Baseball America, he’s the A’s #2 prospect behind only Chris Carter, who finished the night 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. The River Cats creamed the Beavers 6-2, by the way.

Posted by at 1:33 pm ET 126 Comments

So it looks like everything is in place to make Roy Halladay the ace of the Phillies pitching staff. Since we don’t really care about the other teams involved, let’s take a peek at who will be coming and going from the Phillies end, shall we?

The Phillies would get:

  • Roy Halladay (from Toronto)
  • Phillippe Aumont (from Seattle)
  • Tyson Gillies (from Seattle)
  • Juan Ramirez (from Seattle)
  • $6 million cold, hard cash (from Toronto)

The Phillies would give up:

  • Cliff Lee (to Seattle)
  • Kyle Drabek (to Toronto)
  • Travis d’Arnaud (to Toronto)
  • Michael Taylor (to Oakland via Toronto)

On top of that, according to Jim Salisbury of, the Phillies would then sign Roy Halladay to a 3-year extension that would last until the end of the 2013 season and pay him an annual salary of about $20 million starting in 2011.

If you’re wondering why the Phillies had to go and trade Cliff Lee to the Mariners, it’s simply an economic decision.  By getting the $6 million from Toronto, it offsets the cost of what Halladay was supposed to make in 2010 ($15 mil) and what Cliff Lee was supposed to make ($9 mil).  The Phillies tried desperately during the winter meetings to unload Joe Blanton and his expected $7 million salary in 2010, but the only way other teams were interested in acquiring Blanton would be if the Phillies ate part of his salary.  And that would defeat the whole purpose of moving Joe Blanton to begin with.  

Looking back, it really makes the contract given to Jamie Moyer (2 years, $13 mil base salary) look bad, because if the Phillies only signed him to a 1 year deal with a year 2 option, they could’ve declined his 2010 contract and kept Cliff Lee and settled for the compensatory draft picks when he signed elsewhere after the season.

But hey, look at the bright side — we got Roy Halladay!

Posted by beelove at 6:37 pm ET 8 Comments

While Greg Dobbs was taking a third strike right down the pike against the most irritating, obnoxious, and even more irritatingly, best, closer in baseball, righty Jason Anderson celebrated his 30th birthday by nailing down a save of his own for the Reading Phillies. In doing so, he preserved the win for Kyle Drabek, his second in his two starts with the R-Phils.

In spite of Hurricane Schwartz’s warnings of red radar blobs over Reading, it was a beautiful night in Berks County for some AA baseball. Drabek wasn’t in tiptop form, but he wasn’t horrible, either. While he scattered seven hits and five walks over five innings, he worked out of several jams. His bullpen picked him up too, including one Mike Zagurski who was consistently in the mid-90s and, at least once, hit 96. A three-run first-inning cushion on a homerun by third baseman Neil Sellers didn’t hurt matters.

Michael Taylor DH’d in the 5-4 win over the Yankees’ AA Trenton Thunder, laying an 0-for-4, but he’s still sporting the Reading triple crown at .346/10/41. It seems like only a matter of time before he’s bumped up to Lehigh Valley where, presumably, the 6’6″ 250lb righthanded slugger would share the outfield with a 6’6″ 235lb righthanded slugger called Big John. And for what it’s worth, the 6’5″ 205lb lefthanded outfielder Dominic Brown has put up a .299/9/28 in 51 games at Single-A Clearwater.

Anyway, last night was a truly beautiful evening at First Energy Stadium, one for drinking the Stoudt’s APAs and Yuengling Lagers each brewed less than an hour away, one for catching a preview of a future Phil on the hill, and one for watching a pink and purple sunset over the third best Minor League Baseball stadium — best in AA — according to Baseball America.

beelove (a/k/a R. Bradley Maule) is the proprietor of the fantastic Philadelphia photography/architecture site,  He went to the Reading Phillies game.  He reported. He took pictures.

More pics from the game, after the jump.

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