NOTE: Just when you thought you were getting tired of my gimmicky “recurring themes posts,” I want to add another to the mix. I am not a smart man. In fact, I am quite dumb. There is a wide range of things that I simply don’t understand. I have found, however, that it can be quite therapeutic to acknowledge what you do not know and ask the question. So, I am not looking for answers (though, they are welcome), I am just trying to relieve myself of the burden of my stupidity–or at least today’s reminder of it. As always, thanks for listening.
Okay, today’s burdensome reminder of my stupidity is two-fold because there are similar situations for two Philly sports that I simply don’t understand.
CASE #1: The Eagles
Okay, let me see if I have the facts straight:
- The Eagles are (and have been every year in the McNabb Era other than the Super Bowl year) in desperate need of a big-play wide receiver
- Chad Johnson, a clear #1 wide receiver, is unhappy in Cincinnati
- The Eagles are, as always, very much under the salary cap ($17.12 million under, actually)
Okay, I don’t get it. Why are there rumors swirling about Chad Johnson going to Miami? Why are the Eagles not involved? Are they scared of another “loud” wide receiver after the T.O. debacle? Are they not convinced that Chad Johnson is really deserving of being a #1 wide receiver, and therefore, getting #1 WR money? Are they banking on Reggie Brown to finally have that break-out year? Is there someone in the draft that they have their eyes on? Are the Eagles involved, but it just has not gotten to the media yet? Is Johnson intent on going to his hometown Dolphins now that they have Parcells? Or, is the media blowing this out of proportion and Johnson is not really going anywhere?
All of these are possible, but if Johnson really is on the proverbial “trading block” and the Eagles are not in daily phone conversations with the Bengals, then something is wrong. How perfect of a fit is Chad Johnson in Philadelphia? I just don’t get it…
CASE #2: The Phillies
There is a similarly vexing situation going on with the Phillies. Now, I understand that the Phillies have neither the prospects, the ownership payroll ability, nor the risk affordability to even pursue a Johan Santana. Players like Santana are only available to teams that play in New York, Boston, Chicago or Los Angeles. Whereas the other side of the spectrum–the Twins, the Marlins, the Pirates–only get star players for 6 major league seasons, forcing them to build by trading the Santanas and Cabreras of the world. The Phillies are in the middle. They can keep their own star players, but once a star hits the open market, they have no chance. These mid-level teams can (and recently have) win titles, but they have little room for error.
This leads me into what I don’t understand about the Phillies right now. Why are they not in the discussion for Erik Bedard? Right now, it seems as if the Orioles are in serious talks with the Mariners. Can the Mariners give a better package than the Phillies? Are the Orioles looking to ship Bedard off to the West Coast, so as to curtail a little of the hammering they are bound to take in the press? Do the Phillies think that the asking price is too much for a young, front-line pitcher? Do they believe that Hamels, Myers and Moyer are a “Big Three?”
Just like the Eagles, who could fill a major need with an available player, Chad Johnson, the Phillies can also fill a major need with an available player–Erik Bedard. So, why are they not involved? I just don’t get it…