The weather here in the Northeast may be ideal conditions for Bud Selig, but it isn't conducive for this individual to get in a baseball mindset. I'll do my best with what I've got.
I have half of mind to analyze the non-roster invitees in greater detail, but all I can do is read the names “Borkowski,” “Walker,” “Lehr,” and picture the faceless officers who would accompany Captain Kirk and Spock on reconnaissance missions to uncharted planets, where they were summarily ambushed by raygun-wielding hostiles and disappeared from existence forever.
Moving to the hot stove, the Phillies are one of five teams in the hunt for Derrick Turnbow, according to a speculative report earlier in the week. Turnbow, who pitched only 6 1-3 innings last season due to shoulder problems, is also trying to make it back from slightly torn labrum land using the Tom Gordon method of shaking it off. Even if he’s back to full strength, Turnbow, a former 5th round pick of the Phils, would drive me nuts with his inconsistency. The Phillies bombed Turnbow on several memorable occasions over the past few seasons. When he's on, he earns his paycheck as a back-end reliever, but when he’s off, he's embarrassing. It would have to be a deal of the minor league variety for the Phils – owners of one of the best bullpens in baseball – to even consider this, and since teams like Florida and Pittsburgh are reportedly in the hunt, he’ll get a Major League deal and sign elsewhere.
Orioles interested in Coste: According to a report on an MASN blog, the Phillies and Orioles “apparently have engaged in trade talks.” The Orioles are looking for catching help since dealing Ramon Hernandez to the Reds and have also been talking with free agent Gregg Zaun. Coste, who saw his playing time dwindle at the end of last season, will compete with Ronny Paulino for the backup job in spring training, and I would be shocked if Coste emerged victorious.