It’s not uncommon for two dozen moves to cross baseball's daily transaction wire. Healthy and relatively secure, the Phillies haven’t taken part.
There was a time when promotions and demotions accounted for half of Beerleaguer’s daily content, but the golden days for fringe talent ended in 2007. The World Series winners kept the same starting rotation into July and the bullpen basically stayed the same from start to finish. Just ask Clay Condrey about this. Demotions, like the ones issued to Brett Myers and Adam Eaton, became big news, instead of the steady stream of small-time Anderson Garcia and Brian Sanches contract purchases we’d grown accustomed to. This April, the Phils have moved just two bodies of note: Carlos Ruiz to the DL and Lou Marson to replace him. Left-hander Mike Zagurski, who’s recovering from Tommy John, was also maneuvered into a minor league assignment.
I monitor the transaction wire daily and it’s a total mess. Despite a month of poor pitching, the Phillies don’t seem to be there yet. There are a couple of reasons the Phillies are less likely to tinker, talent being the biggest, health being the second biggest. There simply aren’t many holes. Second, they’ve bet right on a number of veteran reclamation projects. This makes them more likely to stay patient. Third, not enough prospects are knocking on the door, and the Phils value experience above all else.
Nevertheless, it’s worth noting the number of proven veterans hanging out in Triple-A. Relievers Mike Koplove, Gary Majewski and Tyler Walker have all pitched at a high level before.