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There's a reason why Steve Phillips is no longer a GM

May 24, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

Both geography and an elaborate b.s.-dampening system I recently had installed prevents me from picking up WFAN radio in my home, but according to this guy, Former Mets GM Steve Phillips was just on the Mike Francesa show and said that he’d trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt straight up if he were running the Nationals.

It’s days like this that Mets fans should look upon Omar Minaya and be thankful for what they have.

  1. Jonny5 - May 24, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    That’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard in a long time. And I live in Jersey. But thankful for Omar? That’s pushing it.

  2. Matt - May 24, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Just heard this too. Pretty crazy. He backed off slightly a few minutes later, but still crazy to hear.

  3. Jamie - May 24, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Well, that’s one reason. Being all Handsy McGropeypants probably didn’t help, either.

  4. Josh in DC - May 24, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Why is that shocking? He traded away Kazmir for a year and a half of Victor Zambrano. He’s basically saying he’d do it again.

  5. Yabbadia - May 24, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    This from a guy who was urging the Yanks to trade ARod 2 years ago. He was also the guy who traded away Scott Kazmir for a shortstop converted to pitcher and paid Mo Vaughn to play for the Mets. Maybe being Handsy McGropeypants was his best career move.

  6. EShine - May 24, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    It was Jim Duquette that traded Kazmir for Zambrano. I remember that day like it was yesterday and it still hurts.

  7. mike in MN - May 24, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    But, he’s a former GM, he must be smarter than us…..or so I’m told, over and over by columnists and former players and former GMs – I mean, he knows the players, he’s been there…..

  8. Doug - May 24, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Phillips would trade Strasbourg straight up for that fugly intern he hooked up with.

  9. Joey B - May 24, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Fortunately, that should take care of him ever landing another gig.
    But like Jonny implied, Philips was a far better GM than Minaya has been so far. Let’s face it, the best part of the Mets since Omar has been here has been Reyes and Wright, and both were drafted by Philips.

  10. scatterbrian - May 24, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Backed off slightly? What, did he say the Astros should eat some of the salary?
    Is this clown still on ESPN? I’ve been doing a pretty good job of boycotting the channel this season.

  11. steven - May 24, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    I agree. I was screaming at the TV. Now we know why Phillips is out of baseball. The National wouldn’t trade Halladay for the new stud.

  12. quintjs - May 24, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Is it possible for any human to comprehend how stupid a comment that is?

  13. Dan - May 24, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    TMZ and ESPN are reporting that Steve Phillips just traded Brooklyn Decker for Brooke Hundley.

  14. Kevin - May 24, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    I agree with everyone that Phillips is an idiot and thank goodness he’s no longer w/ the Mets. But I need to correct people on one point. It was Jim Duquette (not Steve Phillips) who traded away Kazmir for Victor Zambrano.

  15. DJ - May 24, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    But what about Strasburg for Oswalt AND Berkman?
    Sure some salary would be eaten-
    but would this be possible?

  16. Zach - May 25, 2010 at 12:32 AM

    Let’s keep in mind that Phillips attempted to trade David Wright for Jose Cruz Jr. and attempted to give the Indians Jose Reyes as a throw-in for the Roberto Alomar trade.
    He clearly doesn’t value prospects at all.
    Also, if Phillips was the GM of the Astros and called Rizzo asking for Oswalt for Strasburg, Rizzo would laugh in his face and break the phone hanging up that hard.

  17. tm - May 25, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    He’s also the jackass that tried to trade Wright for Jose Cruz, Jr. and wanted to include Reyes in the Robbie Alomar trade instead of Alex Escobar. That pretty much cancels out any credit he gets for drafting /signing them.

  18. Joey B - May 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    Those guys were buried at the time. Reyes waa at low-A and was 18. Alomar was coming off a 20 HR .336 season with Cleveland. If the NYMs had access to those stats today, there is no way they’d let a single-A SS stand in the way. Likewise, Cruz was also coming off of a great season in 2001, while Wright was an 18 y.o. kid in single-A.

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