There's only so much tinkering to be done when the last, true measure of a team's greatness is winning the World Series.
There's been some pretty wild speculation based on a few short weeks of spring training baseball. The flight of fancy starts with physical specimens like John Mayberry Jr. and ends with scrappy kids like Jason Donald. For all the hype, Mayberry, who posted a pedestrian .790 OPS last season in the hitters' orgy of the Pacific Coast League, has whiffed 16 times so far against dog-meat pitching. As for Donald, a shortstop his entire minor league career, the Phillies are all booked up in the infield. While injuries could open some doors temporarily, the fact is, none of the young hopefuls are forcing Charlie Manuel's hand. It has little to do with spring performance. The Phils would be understandably content to let the good times roll, and frankly, would probably see the best results by mimicking the championship roster as much as possible.
In the meantime, March is an excellent opportunity for players like Mayberry, Donald, Lou Marson and Carlos Carrasco to showcase their talents, and if an injury setback to someone like Cole Hamels creates an opponing for one of them to take an April field trip to Philadelphia, than so be it.
Beimel signs: Lefthander Joe Beimel, who had reportedly been on the Phillies' radar, signed with the Nationals, leaving Will Ohman as only viable option left on the market. The 31-year-old Beimel posted a 2.02 ERA in 71 games last season for the Dodgers.