HDWEB: Brett Gardner gets extension, Mike Trout discusses one, and LOL Phillies

In today's HOW DARE WE ENJOY BASEBALL, we look at Brett Gardner's extension, Mike Trout considering an offer less than a $BILLION, another look at how silly the Phillies are, and maybe some stadium destruction porn if you're into that sorta thing.

Good morning HDWEB'ers, it's February 24th and Ervin Santana still doesn't have a job. Here's everything you need to know.

If you have ideas or suggestions, send 'em my way at @justinbopp.

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But Mike Mike Mike Mike, You don't even know what you are yet. How big you can get, how far you can go. This is not time to take your chips down! One hundred fifty million dollars isn't cool, you know what's cool?

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A billion dollars.

What the hell, Phillies?

So, Why Did The Phillies Do It?

Here’s where it gets interesting: nobody knows.

It doesn’t make rational sense at first and second glance, so I then tried to dream up a scenario where doing this actually made sense and was done intentionally. When I twisted myself into a mental pretzel, I realized there are actually some benefits for the Phillies here and it makes logical sense if you consider how they operate in the draft.

The Phillies don’t do anything too creative in the draft—they typically draft high school athlete types, pay them about slot and (relative to other clubs) don’t sign too many well above or under slot deals. They’re trying to play the draft straight and they got burned last year, losing over $500,000 in prospect value after two verbal deals fell through.

So, what if the Phillies wanted to make sure this wouldn’t happen again? (much more at the link)

It's particularly telling that it requires this much mental effort to come up with a good reason the Phillies would be willing to look so petty on a national stage, ruin their reputation (further?), and potentially harm their system for years to come. That's not a slight against Kiley, either -- he certainly came up with something that kinda-sorta makes sense if you're up drinking your last can of Coors Banquet by yourself at 4AM and ... no.

Occam's razor cuts hard and deep and in this case it still makes the most sense: the Phillies were probably just overcome by pettiness and somehow had no idea that the fallout would be like this. Good lord, Amaro.

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Shelby Miller Pitch Usage Rates (2013)

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Have suggestions or want to be featured in HDWEB? Send links to Justin at @justinbopp and hashtag #HDWEB.

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