Friday, August 5, 2011

Was Brown available, or was he not?

Steve Campbell pointed this out, but here's Stark's latest Rumblings and Grumblings column, in which there is a note about Dom Brown's availability:

After the Phillies traded for Hunter Pence without including Domonic Brown in the package, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told the Philadelphia media, unequivocally: "I got 400,000 calls asking me about Domonic Brown and he was not available. Other people can think whatever they want, but he was not available."

But Rumblings was told by officials of three different clubs that the Phillies WERE willing to talk about Brown in the "right" deal -- namely, in the words of one of those officials, "for the right guy, for a certain length of time, [as in] not just for this year." An executive of another one of those clubs said, flatly: "They would have been open to trading him. In fact, I still think they would rather have traded Brown than the kid they traded [Jonathan Singleton]."

Then there's this:
And an executive of yet another team went out of his way to say: "I feel for Ed. I really do. He was caught between two owners (Drayton McLane and the soon-to-be-approved new boss, Jim Crane). Now he's got to sit there and take the brunt of this. And nobody above him has stood up and said, 'We mandated this. He was just following orders.' But that's all he was doing -- following orders. And he made two pretty good deals under the circumstances."

We also find that one scout who has been through the organization says that Jonathan Villar might be the best position player in Eddie's Farm. Run and tell that, indpendent scout!