Phillies Links -- MAG, Beltran, Price, and more

MAG tires (envisioning a future headline) - Dennis Grombkowski

First view of MAG, Price shopping (as well as Beltran), and Reggie Jackson accuses the Mets.

Meet Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, from Jim Salisbury.

Not as ready as might have been hoped, according to Joe Jordan, but his repertoire includes a knuckleball?

Mets, Phillies, could be battling to land Beltran - David Murphy

I find it hard to believe he'd go back to Shea.  He'll be 37 next year, and while he's a switch hitter, he may not help the Phils much vs. lefties:

Over the last three seasons, Beltran's OPS from the right side of the plate has dropped from .923 to .867 to .729.

Comprehensive 30-Team Farm System Hitting Environment Rankings: Yankees Dead Last

Phillies' system: 2nd most pitcher-friendly.

Would you--could you--trade for Price?

The prospect cost for Price will be high, and he is likely going to make quite a bit of money over the two years a trading team would have to control him. Given recent history, it may be wise for a team to hold off on David Price and look for other opportunities to improve their ball club.

Not that the Phillies are listed among the possible destinations.  Or among the "dark horses". Or among the "super dark horses".

Prospecty Links

Correlating Rookie and Short-A walk and strikeout rates to the Major Leagues

Of the prospects that reach the majors, their walk rate either holds steady or drops. There are very few instances where a player increases his walk rate, though it does happen often enough.

and

Success rates for Rookie League prospects based on walk and strikeout rates

and
Success rates for Short-season A League prospects based on walk and strikeout rates

I'm not sure I understand these, but maybe one of you will.

Hall of Fame

Hall monitor: Time to add some new third basemen to the Hall of Fame

Namely Larry, Beltre, and Rolen.

Cooperstown Confidential: Reggie Jackson and the Mets

Reggie on why the Mets didn't select him as the first pick in the 1966 draft:

"You’re dating a Mexican girl, and the Mets think you will be a problem. They think you’ll be a social problem because you are dating out of your race."

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