allentown...please re-read my post. I never proclaimed that with the hiring of DD the Phils were suddenly Kings of the East. I didn't even imply it. The last time I looked he couldn't pitch or catch and the Phils are in healthy need of both, I understand that.
What I said, and somewhat emphatically, was that I believe the hiring makes the Phils relevant again and back in the dance. And I think that both statements are pretty hard to deny. The Phils of 5 days ago were not only not relevant but almost seemed as if they wanted it that way. Look, I still rank the Phils as a 4th place team right now, sans JT and Didi, but even Dombrowski's biggest detractors are convinced he will turn this franchise around in short order and why is that such a bad thing? This franchise has been wandering in the wilderness for 9 years and I honestly don't believe the phans are ready for a long term vision right now, they want the team to win.
This move seems similar to the hiring of Gillick and while this team isn't as young as that team was, I am not sure its any worse [if they re-sign JT.] If you recall the 2006 team was abysmal till Gillick moved some pieces and turned the keys over to Hamels, Utley, Howard and Rollins. And from that time till Howard tore his Achillies Heel and Halladay injured his shoulder the team was at worst relevant and at best, the best.
I think DD has a more than decent enough resume to indicate he is capable of the same. And as a long suffering Phillies phan, I don't see that as a bad thing.