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  1. Galvis putting up an ops in the 600+ range would actually be an improvement over what Philly got from Valdez, Martinez, and Orr last season. 2011–Valdez, 300 PA & 634 ops; Martinez, 234 PA & 540 ops; Orr 104 PA & 529 ops. And unlike Valdez, Martinez, and Orr, Galvis might actually get better over time.

    Comment by wes — March 21, 2012 @ 11:31 am

  2. How does it make more sense to put galvis at second then to put wigginton at second, mayberry at first and dom brown in the outfield? Surely he needs more seasoning than brown? The youngster is only a year removed from a .268 woba in AA, and had a 2.4% walk rate in triple A last year.

    Comment by Jesse — March 21, 2012 @ 11:40 am

  3. Two different animals I know, but if you compare what Hanley Ramirez did at double A in his 21 year old season to what Galvis did last year at double A in his 21 year old season they were actually quite similiar. Similiar speed, OPS etc. The next year Ramirez at the age of 22 had quite the breakthrough with the Marlins. I could see Galvis coming in for Utley and playing at least to the level of an average or slightly above major league regular. And who knows maybe he looks so good Utley will be asked to switch to third when he gets back. PURE SPECULATION and rather unscientific projection.

    Comment by Shane — March 21, 2012 @ 11:47 am

  4. The thought of that defensive alignment just made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

    Comment by DD — March 21, 2012 @ 11:51 am

  5. Utley doesn’t have the arm for third. He didn’t when he was an up and coming prospect. If he gets moved off second, it seems to me that left field is the only choice.

    (Insert obligatory 5 year, $125 million contract extension for Ryan Howard mention here).

    Comment by Mike — March 21, 2012 @ 11:52 am

  6. Phils are going to roll with Galvis and that’s the right decision. If he’s completely overmatched AND Utley’s comeback is in doubt then they’ll make a move for a guy like Dewitt, Izturis or Callaspo.

    Comment by some guy — March 21, 2012 @ 11:57 am

  7. Since when does Fangraphs refer to Howard as a powerhouse bat that anchors the batting order?

    Comment by Anon — March 21, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

  8. Again, putting this in to the context of what the Phillies got from Valdez, Martinez, and Orr last season, the bar is set pretty low. 638 PAs with a 582 ops isn’t that high of a target for Galvis (gotta fight typing “Glavis” each time). And remember, they won 102 games despite getting the equivalence of a full season of 582 ops from their three-headed infielder.

    Comment by wes — March 21, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

  9. He has the same career wOBA as Utley (actually .001 higher) and is a year younger.

    Comment by TK — March 21, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

  10. You don’t want Alberto Callaspo playing second base. You just don’t.

    Comment by geo — March 21, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  11. Callaspo could play 3b, shifting Polanco to 2b.

    Comment by Dave S — March 21, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  12. We were all set for Utley to transition to 1B after Howard’s contract was up, but obviously that made too much sense to RAJ.

    Comment by stumanji — March 21, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

  13. Utley’s arm grades at like a 30. I exaggerate, slightly, but his value at 2nd has always been his superior positioning and range. His arm has always been a noodle. No way would Utley ever been transitioned to third base.

    Comment by hunterfan — March 21, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  14. Some fans are speculating that Utley could move to 1B eventually. The apparent need to do that sooner rather than later makes the Howard contract an even bigger albatross (if that’s possible).

    On the Ramirez-Galvis comp, the numbers are not enough of the story. It is one thing for a well-regarded hitting prospect to struggle at a developmental level before putting things together; it is another for a hitting prospect regarded as having a low ceiling to struggle. Ramirez always had power and a good eye. Galvis has neither. The best we can hope for is that he develops into Mickey Morandini but a better fielder. If that’s right his days of being a league average hitter are years away. Still, he is the Phillies’ best option right now.

    Comment by LTG — March 21, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

  15. I heard a rumor that after Howard comes back and shows that he is still a run producer, the Phils are going to give him another 4-5 year extention to make him a Phillie for life.

    Comment by TK — March 21, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

  16. We’re only talking about the Phillies here, not comparing to the rest of baseball.

    Comment by joser — March 21, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  17. Should the Phillies think about contacting the Mariners regarding Kyle Seager? I’d dare say Figgins, but I don’t know why the Phils would have any interest. It would be more of my Mariner side hoping.

    Or should the Phillies think about trying to find an up and coming 3B and move Polanco to 2B?

    I’m not sure the Phils have the prospects to get anything great in return, unless they start think about moving their baby aces.

    Comment by Bjorn — March 21, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

  18. They don’t need an extension. He’ll be done when this deal is over anyway!

    Comment by noseeum — March 21, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

  19. Poor Utley. He was such a good player in his prime. It’s a shame he’s such a man of few words in interviews. He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever seen play the game and I’m afraid he’ll never be the player he once was. The fake throw to 2nd then throwing home in the World Series is the famous one, but he made so many smart plays like that throughout his career.

    Comment by Billion Memes — March 21, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

  20. The Phillies tried to move Utley to 3B back when he was a prospect and Polanco was blocking him. He does not have the arm for the position and the experiment was a complete and utter failure.

    Comment by NEPP — March 22, 2012 @ 8:57 am

  21. Which of the 1910s era pitchers was the Bill James link intended to link to?

    Comment by Barkey Walker — March 22, 2012 @ 10:40 am

  22. Yeah, me too!

    Comment by Cliff Lee — March 22, 2012 @ 11:43 am

  23. And Howard and Chase haven’t been the Phillies best bats for years…

    Comment by lol — March 24, 2012 @ 3:10 am

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