Jake Peavy to the Cubs is dead. Mark DeRosa to the Phillies is dead. Nick Punto to the Phillies is dead.
The final day of the Winter Meetings concluded with the Phillies’ top story being the Rule 5 selection of Robert Mosebach (never heard of him) and the hanging Yahoo! Sports rumor that Chan Ho Park is coming to Philadelphia. Lost in the hot stove speculation is an actual deadline feature on the Ronny Paulino deal, which means more to the team's plans than you've probably resolved. John Finger at Comcast churned out a nice, in-depth summary on the Phils’ new catcher, including some encouraging quotes from GM Ruben Amaro Jr:
“He’s had some success at the big-league level and we’ve seen him quite a bit,” Amaro said. “Our scouts like the way that he has put himself into pretty good shape. He’s in the Dominican and he’s playing rather well. Charlie Kerfeld was the last one to see him and he said he felt pretty comfortable about making this deal ... Anytime a two-year player takes the time and goes back to play winter ball it looks like he has re-dedicated himself to it. He got a wake-up call when he got sent down. ... I like his experience. He has some power and, frankly, it gives us some depth at a premium position. That’s a plus. Any time you can add depth and create competition for players it’s a good thing.” [Link to the full story]
For those curious, Paulino is hitting a lusty .310/.468/.707 with six homers in just 75 plate appearances in the D.R.