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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Talk About It, Talk About It ...
Wade, Thome, Wagner ... Who Stays? Who Goes?
If management wants to win fans back, either GM Ed Wade (pictured) and manager Charlie Manuel should go, or the team needs a smart, clear plan, Phil Sheridan writes in his column. C'mon, plans are fine, but the team's hand are tied in too many ways. Good luck trading Jim Thome, writes Jim Salisbury in his "On Baseball" column. Those are only two of the five biggest decisions, writes Todd Zolecki. Will Billy Wagner return? Is it time to trade Bobby Abreu or Pat Burrell, focusing on the younger players instead? And what to do about starting pitching? Read article.

You can also vote on whether to fire Wade in our sports poll.

Here's my heretical thinking: Left field, right field and first base are the easiest positions to fill. So trade Abreu, Burrell, Thome and even Howard to get better catching and starting pitching, a good third baseman and a true centerfielder. Closers are also overrated. You shouldn't have to pay $9 million to get out of one inning a few times a week. Put that money toward starters who go more than six innings instead. This is how the Eagles do it: Spend money on toughest positions to fill: quarterback, guys who protect the quarterback, defensive backs, and sorry about linebackers and running backs. What do you think?


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