Most people who know me, whether it be thru reading my articles or talking to me in person, know that I am not what you would call a fan of Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. I find him to be impatient in times where patience pays off and vice versa. I feel he likes to make the big splash and acquire the “name” players, but that hasn’t been the case so far this winter.
The Phillies moves have definitely pushed them in the right direction. Ben Revere will platoon the outfield of Citizens Bank Park for the next five plus seasons, and for what? Vance Worley, who would/should be considered expendable with guys like Jon Pettibone, Ethan Martin, and Jesse Biddle due to be ready in the near future, and Trevor May, a great pitching prospect with control issues.
They also acquired Michael Young for Josh Lindblom, a flyball reliever courtesy of the Shane Victorino trade, and Lisalverto Bonilla,a very good relief prospect. I like this deal a lot because it is the last year of Young’s contract, which keeps a Cody Asche era intact for the 2014 season.
The biggest move of the off season was also the riskiest when the Phillies signed reliever Mike Adams. Amaro has been lusting after Adams since the right hander was a prominent figure in the San Diego bullpen. Adams is also heading into his first post-surgery season, so who knows how that will effect him. If Adams and Papelbon are both healthy, the back of the pen can be the best we’ve seen since 2008.
Amaro also picked up John “I broke Utley’s hand in my MLB debut in 2007” Lannan. The disgruntled, former National comes over with deceiving numbers. If you remove his starts against the Phillies, he sports a .500 record with a sub-4 ERA. Not bad for the fourth or fifth pitcher.
While many are still hoping for the splash in the form of a Justin Upton-esque player, I say stand pat. Could the Phillies return to form and be considered contenders again in 2013? Sure they could, but there are a lot of “ifs” that need to go their way for that to happen. I say go with what you got. If at the deadline it seems the Phillies are a player away from legitimately competing, make your splash then. For now, stay the course thru the no wake zone.