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Phils-ville's Kevin Cooney adds " some things up on why this deal won’t happen."
Here's his justification and my rebuttal:
1) Ramirez is a locker room cancer. With the exception of the Jimmy Rollins episode, the Phils locker room seems pretty together.
Really? Seems like a fun-loving guy to me, aside from the whole punching out the traveling secretary thing.
But let's get serious. Charlie brought Manny up, and for all the Phils' skipper's shortcomings, he seems the perfect guy to keep Manny in check.
For the record, I believe you mean "Jimmy Rollins episodes."
2) Ramirez and Burrell’s numbers are eerily similar this season. Burrell’s probably a better defensive outfielder as well.
This season. Say no more.
The Phillies have been trying to unload Burrell for years with no success. If you can get rid of him, and suppose Manny doesn't work out, you acquire a greater bargaining chip and commodity in Ramirez. He either helps you himself or helps you acquire tallent.
3) Ramirez would likely want the Phils to pick up the $20 million option for next season- an event that probably won’t happen. Especially when Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels will likely get big awards in arbitration/new contracts over the winter.
And the Phils will likely underperform in the playoffs, if they in fact make them.
The move would electrify the city and make a frustrating Howard expendible.
If we are dealing in hypotheticals I'd ask, "What if Kevin Cooney had some real insight to offer readers?"
4) While the Phillies need a bat, they really need someone who can get on base- not just hit for power. If you take Burrell out and move Ramirez in, its the same beast.
Kevin Cooney just put Pat Burrell on the same level as Manny Ramirez.
Only in Philadelphia.