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Old 12-03-03, 04:56 PM   #1
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Phillies acquire Eric Milton from Twins

Didn't see this one coming.

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The Philadelphia Phillies acquired left-hander Eric Milton from the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday for reliever Carlos Silva, infielder Nick Punto and a minor leaguer to be named after the Rule 5 draft, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports.
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1677419
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Old 12-03-03, 04:59 PM   #2
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Phillies taking on his whole salary?
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Old 12-03-03, 05:00 PM   #3
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The obvious question is how much of Milton's ridiculous $9M contract are the Twins picking up?
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Old 12-03-03, 05:01 PM   #4
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Although the quick trading of Milton WAS expected. Same with Jacque Jones, he'll be traded soon as well.

They have to dump both players in order to sign Guardado and Stewart.
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Old 12-03-03, 05:03 PM   #5
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I knew he'd be traded. I didn't know the Phillies would be interested.

One would think this isn't the smartest move especially if they're taking all the salary on and they're not going after other pitchers. But he is a decent pitcher, and we'll see how he comes back after the injury with a full offseason to work.
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Old 12-03-03, 06:16 PM   #6
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depending on how much they are paying...this could be a steal. very little giving up
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Old 12-03-03, 06:45 PM   #7
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Are the Twins even paying anything? I don't see anything saying that they are. Fantastic deal for the Twins if so.
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Old 12-04-03, 12:31 AM   #8
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Carlos Silva is a halfway decent pitcher (5.25/10 or so). Not overpowering, and relies on putting the ball in play to get outs (see his strikeout totals and hit totals for that).

Nick Punto has no upside at all. He won't amount to a everyday regular and will be limited to a utility infielder. His sticking point to the majors is that he is a switch-hitter and can play both middle infield positions.

Twins basically traded Milton for financial reasons. Phillies acquire a mid rotation starter.

Wolf, Myers, Padilla, Milton pan out to an above average rotation (with Wagner closing out games).

Phillies fan should be happy, they will be better than last year.
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Old 12-05-03, 11:28 AM   #9
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I thought this was a good move when I first saw it, but given what each team is paying, it doesn't look good for Philly. Milton essentially replaces Millwood at a similar cost and he's not nearly as good.

Milton has always been a tease. Good ratio, good stuff, and yet posts below average ERAs. Unless Milton does finally break-through, I don't like this move at all
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Old 12-05-03, 02:37 PM   #10
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Although the quick trading of Milton WAS expected. Same with Jacque Jones, he'll be traded soon as well.

They have to dump both players in order to sign Guardado and Stewart.
and it's a good decision in my book. Arguably, Stewart can be given almost all the credit for their run for the post-season after the All-Star break.
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Old 12-05-03, 02:53 PM   #11
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and it's a good decision in my book. Arguably, Stewart can be given almost all the credit for their run for the post-season after the All-Star break.
Well you can keep on believing that if you will. I certainly don't, and I should point out that the "magicness" of Shannon Stewart got Toronto a grand total of 0 playoff appearances. Stewart's and okay player, and probably better than Milton and certainly Jones. But he's a far cry from what you make him out to be.
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Old 12-05-03, 03:57 PM   #12
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To add to Jericho's comment, Stewart's performance with the Twins was only slightly better than what you would expect from an average LF. What put the Twins over the top in the second half was that their team ERA was close to a full point better over the second part of the season versus what it was in the first part.

Not that Stewart didn't help, but to say that he should be given almost all the credit for their post all-star break run is silly.
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