Citing Phillies assistant GM Benny Looper, Jim Salisbury writes that 21-year-old right-hander Phillippe Aumont will work as a starter after spending all of last season in the bullpen. [Link]
Beerleaguer: When faced with a decision like this about a newly acquired project player, the new team inevitably decides that the old team got it wrong. They do this because baseball is a giant sausage fest and the competitive juices aren’t limited to the playing field. In the near term, the Phils will need to start grooming both the starters and relievers of tomorrow, but to limit a high-ceiling, 21-year-old arm to 60 innings, as opposed to 160, seems like a waste of valuable development time. Now's the time to see if Amount can add pitches to his repertoire rather than fill a shorter-term need in the 'pen. Looper says the bullpen will become a fallback for the 6-7 Canadian, who said he prefers life as a reliever. But at 21, he doesn’t know jack about squat, like many of us at that age. Most people think he’ll begin the year at Double-A Reading next season, but given this decision, on top of adapting to a new organization, Clearwater could be a softer landing. There's absolutely no rush.
Myers official: Brett Myers is officially an Astro after signing a one-year, $5.1MM deal today. His contract will pay him $3.1MM in 2010 and includes an $8M mutual option/$2M buyout for '11. He will be a starter.