Someone out there must have won the pool. He probably walked into a WAWA in the middle of all the speculation regarding whether or not the Phillies would be buyers or sellers, purchased a large coffee (three sugars, French vanilla cream), and as he paid for it mumbled something about David Bell being the guy most likely to go first. A few people in line and behind the counter must have looked up at that moment, clucked their tongues and went about their routines.
Our winner is probably lying low at the moment, waiting until the hoopla dies down before he comes forward to claim his prize. Right now his family is urging him to hire a lawyer and financial planner.
If nothing else, Bell’s departure confirms the Reverse Curse is alive and well. (See the last paragraph of yesterday’s post.) As soon as I heard the news it also occurred to me that George S.’s infamous Black Hole was the first casualty of the new order.
Bell was shipped to Milwaukee for Wilfrido Laureano, a 6’6” 170 pounder. My first thought upon reading the details was how in the world did scouts even see the guy if he were standing sideways?! The 22-year old Laureano was 3-2 with a save and a 3.96 ERA in 29 appearances. In 63 2/3 innings he struck out 62, walked 36 and allowed 54 hits. I don’t know how, but those figures computed to a .218 average against him according to the paper. So, what do we have here? A kid who strikes out a batter an inning, allows nearly a hit an inning and walks a batter just under every other inning. A project.
Is that all a veteran third baseman is worth on today’s open market? Hard to believe, Harry.
I watched a post-game interview with Bell and to his considerable credit he handled himself with tremendous grace, expressing sincere regret the club never reached the post-season during his tenure and noting he had made many friends for life among his teammates. He certainly didn’t make many if any among the fans, but that is water over the dam now.
So, get ready for Abraham Nunez, folks. Earlier in the season a lot of people including yours truly clamored for Nunez to get more playing time.
Watch out what you wish for…..