PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Following the Phillies trade of Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers last week, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti thought he may have stole Hernandez. Because of Josh Beckett’s “unknown” injury, the Dodgers were in desperate need for pitching and Colletti admitted—according to a report—Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., “could hold me up for even more.” Amaro said on Tuesday, he was indeed aware of Beckett’s injury.
“Yeah we knew he was hurt,” Amaro told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show. “We didn’t know how specifically and how deeply he was hurt. We knew they needed pitching, they expressed that to us. They were pretty obvious about that, at the same time there were other choices out there for them. But what we came away with in this situation was a little bit—we were actually very pleased with how we did in that deal. When you have a player [Hernandez] that’s really going to be a free agent and you really have no idea whether you’re going to be bringing him back or not, we have that option if we want to later on. He’ll still be a free agent unless he signs some sort of extension with the Dodgers.”
What exactly did the Phillies get for Hernandez?
“We came away with a couple of pretty talented young kids and we’re still in the process of choosing who they are going to be, but we’re pretty pleased with that,” Amaro said. “And when you’re talking about timelines and deadlines, we literally only had about 47 hours to make a deal and going through that process we felt like we did OK with it. We’ll see how it turns out.”
Respected MLB writer Peter Gammons was on 670 The Score in Chicago last Friday, and said of the Phillies, “It’s one of the last franchises that, they really don’t use any analytics. It’s kind of an out-dated organization in many ways.”
On Tuesday, Amaro responded to Gammons’ criticism.
“I have a great respect for Peter. He doesn’t know, kind of, all the inner-workings of our organization,” Amaro explained. “We have applied some analytics and we have applied some other things that we haven’t done in the past. Were we late doing some of those? Perhaps, but we have made some changes and we’ll continue to make some changes as we move forward in this organization. We’re going to try to get to the point where we feel comfortable with a combination of analytics and that, and the metrics of that, as well as continuing to apply—what we think is, probably, the most important and that’s the human element and the scouting element. Again, we are making some changes. Peter, again, I don’t talk to Peter all that much, but he’s entitled to his opinion and he knows the game very, very well, but unfortunately he doesn’t know a lot of about the inner-workings of our organization.”
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