It’s another sluggish day while the Phillies’ press corps take winter break.
Old business: Earlier this month, the Phils announced some additions to their coaching staff. Lance Carter, Steve Henderson, Mark Parent, Donnie Sadler and Jorge Velandia, who was in Clearwater last spring as a Phillies non-roster invitee, have been added to the coaching staff. Most notably, Parent, who spent the final two seasons (1997-98) of his career with the Phils, will captain Lakewood.
Keep your eye on Dusty Wathan, who served as the Phillies’ own version of Crash Davis between 2006-07. Wathan is taking over the managerial helm at Clearwater after guiding Lakewood to the South Atlantic League title last season. The fast-rising former catcher seems to be following in John Russell’s footsteps. And just look at him, too. A total throwback.
Mystery reliever still a mystery: Just a reminder to expect the Phillies to make some sort of announcement soon into the new year. Jim Salisbury’s source says the Phillies have gone under agreement with a free agent reliever, possibly Danys Baez, pending the outcome of a January physical. That’s good news. Right now, based on experience or obligation, the bullpen would consist of the fifth-starter runner-up (probably either Moyer or Kendrick), Brad Lidge and J.C. Romero, both coming off surgery, Ryan Madson, Chad Durbin, Rule 5 pick David Herndon and Antonio Bastardo.
Bay opinion: “No, he's not Matt Holliday. Yes, the contract is kind of stupid. But Jason Bay is a heck of a consolation prize and one of those fabled ‘complementary players’ that help Reyes/Wright reach a championship.” - Sam from Amazin’ Avenue
On Molina: “To overcome a sub-.300 OBP and still be even an adequate player, you have to either be a top-notch defender (see Pedro Feliz, Adam Everett, etc.) or have incredible power (actually, these players don't exist. It's apparently impossible to hit 30 HRs and have an OBP below .300). Molina has neither. He's a bad baseball player. His SLG is good for a catcher, but is due to decline as he enters his mid-30s. If the Mets think signing him to a multi-year deal is a good investment, I can only support that. As a Phillies fan.” - Jack
Did you know? Did you know that J.C. Ramirez, part of the Cliff Lee deal, is included on the Phillies' 40-man roster?