As usual, I got carried away in writing my last post, and forgot a few notes. Even if you feel like procuring a top notch closer is a priority, and that Papelbon was the best closer available, Amaro still botched this transaction badly. By acting rashly and signing Papelbon immediately, he cost the Phillies more than valuable resources that could’ve been allocated elsewhere. Instead of waiting for the new CBA to be settled like many teams, Amaro jumped the gun…and paid for it. The Papelbon signing fell under the old CBA rules for compensation, and will cost the Phillies a first round pick in the coming draft. The compensation for Madson, despite also being a Type A free agent, falls under the new CBA, and will only net the Phils a second rounder and a sandwich round pick.
Regardless of how one may feel about the each player’s abilities and overall worth, that was an egregious mistake by Amaro that seemed easily avoidable. It’s the kind of basic misstep that make me question his shrewdness, while many laud his aggressiveness.