Brett Myers was the closest thing the Phillies had to a No. 2 starter and he’s likely out for the season, leaving no choice but to shop for an impact pitcher, and possibly more.
There's only one way to see it: the Phillies can either plug the dyke with Chan Ho Park, Kyle Kendrick or a hot-handed prospect, or build another dam. Myers may have been the closest thing they had to a front-line compliment to Cole Hamels, but he was more like No. 3 or 4 masquerading as a No. 2 in one of baseball's worst rotations of 2009. Reports listed the Phillies as the most aggressive shoppers in the starting pitching market, even before Myers’ injury. Their pursuit reportedly started months ago at a time when conventional wisdom said the Phils had more than enough depth. As was the case in 2007, the Phillies have become living proof that you can never have enough.
The fact is the defending world champions just lost their most consistent starter of the 2009 season. So what are they going to do about it? Andrew Carpenter? Antonio Bastardo?
If that’s the answer, the Phillies will be cheating their fans out of a golden opportunity to strike while the window remains wide open and almost the entire nucleus is locked in place.
With Hamels installed at the top, and the Myers era likely over, Ruben Amaro Jr. should be looking to fill in the rotation from the top down. Joe Blanton and Jamie Moyer are not the future, and they’re just getting to know J.A. Happ. There may be no better time than today’s buyer’s market to rebuild this rotation externally. The kind of pitching reportedly available - Brandon Webb, Roy Oswalt, Chris Young, Roy Halladay - is the kind that materializes internally once in a blue moon. It will take promising young prospects to acquire them, sacrifices the Phils should be prepared to make to fortify the best collection of talent in club history.
You never know what prospects will become, but we know exactly what these Phillies can do.