The Phanatic's Take:
Jared Trexler: Read "Stand Pat with Pat." Read it closely. Then come back and convince me that Carlos Lee's ridiculous, outlandish six-year contract doesn't make Pat Burrell's two-year, $26 million contract look like a trip to the Dollar Store. Lee can't move now, so how do you think he will move (hint: think Larry Allen) four years from now in the center of this exorbitant contract? My stance has remained the same since Jim Hendry destroyed the free agent market with Alphonso Soriano's signing. Stay away from free agent hitters. GM Pat Gillick either pulls a rabbit out of his hat via trade -- think Vernon Wells or Manny Ramirez, though I doubt the Phils have the farm to land either top-notch player -- or "Stands Pat with Pat" in left, while adding two quality bullpen arms and preferably Randy Wolf/Adam Eaton AND Miguel Batista, a versatile guy who can start in the bullpen but adds depth to a staff that includes some injury question marks. Seeing this contract, I'd glad Gillick shied away.
John McMullen: I'm not upset that the Phillies failed to land Alfonso Soriano or Carlos Lee but if you are a fan -- you should be. I felt neither was a good fit for the team but the Phillies thought differently. These are the players the Phillies TARGETED. Not me, not you -- Pat Gillick and Company decided to go after these players so while I'm not upset they failed to land either -- I am upset that a pattern of failure is developing. It's just another example of Philadelphia management failing to do what was needed to land the player(s) THEY wanted. Sure the salary numbers are skewed but that's the market we are in. Is Pat Gillick so out of touch that he had no idea what Soriano or Lee were going to command?