pat is the king of the hollow number. I don't feel like poring over the numbers, but it always seems to me that he is listless and gets empty hits etc.
his contract is a huge detriment. that guy needs to go to a huge payroll team and be a role player. Fact is, he is comforable, and doesn't want to leave.
Other fact is, this team needs a third baseman, and some protection for howard. Final fact is, ownership treats the phils as if they were small-market.
I'm hoping ofr aramis ramirez, but that looks highly unlikely with pinella coming to chi town.
you give the phils someone like aramis, then you have howard, utley, rollins, aramis, and that is nasty. then solid guys like delluci and rowand, hamels, myers, lieber ... and you may have a little something something.
At any rate, that team needs to move the walls back. It won;t affect howard, but it will affect what arms they can bring in.