The Stupid Money John Middleton Actually Spent

I’m rarely astounded by anything, but this one got me- the Phillies extended Matt Klentak?!? This would be Matt Klentak who extended Pete Mackanin early in the 2017 season, but fired him at the end of the season? Klentak who has never had a winning team, and who’s teams are 266-315 since his hiring? Klentak who preferred Manny Machado to Bryce Harper, but never made an offer within $75 million of his guy’s final number. Klentak who passed on getting Cole Hamels for a bucket of slop last Summer, wouldn’t give the extra year to Patrick Corbin, did the same with J.A. Happ, didn’t want Dallas Keuchel, and currently rolls with an injured Jake Arrieta, who he gave $25 million a year to, and three young starters that collapsed last year, and mostly stink this year? The guy who made a bunch of failed trades last year at the deadline? The guy who has just two draft choices of his own that have appeared in the majors? The guy who’s system has just two top 100 prospects? What has Klentak done to deserve this?

So today we learned Klentak and Team President Andy McPhail both got secret extensions from the team- why? What has happened to warrant that? This team is treading water at .500 in mid-July, and most of the problems have been caused by them or the coaching staff they put in place. Just as the fan base was coming around to wanting everyone fired, we’re thrown for this loop? Are we really going to watch three more years of Klentak losing out on free agent pitchers over an extra year on the deal? Another three years of over valuing mediocre prospects? Another three years of a poor bench? Of hurt relievers? Is this real?

Any idiot would have signed Harper to a relatively club friendly deal. Literally any idiot makes the Realmuto or Segura trades at the time. Signing McCutchen to a relatively safe deal didn’t take much brain power either. Even the Bruce and Miller trades this year weren’t hard. What’s it all add up to? Third place. A fringe playoff team.

The Phillies really didn’t spend stupid money on any players on the roster. It turns out they spent stupid money on the guys running the team.

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