The majority of position players participating in the Venezuelan or Dominican winter leagues are hitting at or below the Mendoza Line, including the Phillies' entire depth chart at short.
Before another Beerleaguer considers the possibility of filling the shortstop void internally, here are a few updated numbers to put the Jimmy Rollins contract negotiations into perspective. The Phillies' top three remaining shortstops - Wilson Valdez, Michael Martinez and Freddy Galvis - are hitting a combined .167 in 151 at bats. Valdez, who is hitting .238 with two homers, is the cream of the crop, but that's no great shakes for a 33-year-old veteran who spends every offseason in the DWL. After an 0-for-3 Saturday, Mini Mart's .096/.186/.115 DWL slash line drives down the group average. Galvis, the starting shortstop for Zulia in Venezuela, is hitting .204/.292/.286 over 113 plate appearances.
Meanwhile, a coupe of other Venezuelans have done zilch. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez, who was the prospect flavor of the month a year ago, has a .587 OPS in 94 at bats. Carlos Rivero, a decent bat but a butcher at third, has a .637 OPS over 108 plate appearances. Phillies infielders, it seems, have become the new outfielders in taking over as the most overrated area in the system.
Beerleaguer: The Phillies would reportedly prefer to give Rollins three years. He wants five. Pure speculation: I believe he'll get his wish, in the form of a fifth-year vesting option, from the Phils. Read the above report and you'll understand why.