It’s getting late and quality starters remain unemployed. The Phillies, who were in the hunt for Derek Lowe, could still walk away with formidable arm, in which case, the table is set for even more maneuvering.
I hate it when the Phillies surprise me, so let's keep our eye on the ball and shift our focus from the gridiron back to the diamond. A couple of speculative reports came out over the weekend and if nothing else they open the door to the possibility of the Phils adding another free agent to the starting rotation. With Lowe off the board, Ben Sheets, Oliver Perez, Randy Wolf, Andy Pettitte, Tom Glavine and Jon Garland are out there, among others, all guys who’ve generally stayed off Beerleaguer’s radar. A recent story in the Boston Globe suggested the Phillies could have interest in Sheets.
Then, in a separate story on MLB.com, the writer suggests that the Phils may be looking into trading Brett Myers. Let’s suppose the Phillies sign a starter, which would supply the rotation with five proven arms. They could do a number of things. They could shop J.A. Happ, Kyle Kendrick or Carlos Carrasco, names that surfaced in trade rumors more than once over the last six months. Or, there’s the concept of flipping Myers, who’s owed $12 million this season, for something useful, perhaps help at third base or an extra arm for the bullpen, or even prospects.
I don’t know that we should assume the Phillies - buyers in a buyers market - are done. They could still have money budgeted, plus, they’re sitting on some rather valuable chips that could be attractive to certain clubs.