After a week of sample data, it’s time to honor our heroes of late February/early March.
Ryan Howard: The big man has connected for seven hits in 16 at bats (.438) and tallied 13 total bases – with just three strikeouts. Jamie Moyer: Near perfect so far in this his 243rd spring training. Carlos Carrasco: Even better than four scoreless frames are the accolades from the skipper. Francisco Rosario: A strong showing in the Caribbean Series has translated into spring training (5.1 IP, 7 SO, 2 BB, 1 ER). Out of options, the right-hander holds the early edge in the battle for the sixth inning. Eric Bruntlett: New utilityman working it out (7-15, 2 XBH) before a season on the bench.
Lohse thoughts: Sometimes it pays to step away from Beerleaguer and gain a fresh perspective, particularly when it comes to Kyle Lohse and the prevailing opinion that the Phils need to snag him at the current discount. Over on sites like MLB Trade Rumors, readers don’t see Lohse through the same set of rose-colored glasses, particularly fans of his former teams: the Reds and Twins. They don’t even think he’s worth $4M.
“as a Reds fan watching Loshe for the past couple of years, I can say he’s pretty horrifying. i would avoid watching to games on TV because it was always just a matter of time before the wheels fell off. The problem here seems to be Lohse’s expectation that, just because he’s got good raw stuff, he deserves millions of dollars. In reality, he’s had plenty of chances to put it all together and has failed miserably."
I’ve stayed mum on Lohse for most of the winter, but I’m willing to believe that a 1-year, $4-6M deal wouldn’t carry much risk and would represent a better play than Adam Eaton, Chad Durbin or Travis Blackley. Seems simple enough, so why hasn't it happened? When 20 other teams need to upgrade their staff, why is Lohse unemployeed? Perhaps the answer is just as simple: He's nothing special.
Split squad game chat: Brett Myers gets the Blue Jays and J.D. Durbin draws the Tigers today in Florida. Discuss it here.