Summarizing the best reader reactions from this weekend.
Thome’s value is as PH-DH: “Jim Thome was quoted at the end of last season as saying he can no longer play in the field. There is no way he will be starting one game a week at 1B. However, if the team got into a an extra inning situiation or an injury problem he could fill in for a few innings in an emergency. That said, he is the first serious bench threat this team has had and will be very valuable if the Phillies make the World Series. You may recall the Phils 9th batter in the 2009 series was Ben Francisco, while the Yankee countered with Hideki Matsui. This move closes that yawning chasm considerably.” – clout
Cuddyer’s pros and cons: “Michael Cuddyer is a fine ballplayer, but he will add more strikeouts and a mediocre OB. If you think OB and Ks haven't been a problem, then Cuddyer is fine. He's got good power, a decent AVG and is a fine defensive player in the corner OF spots. He is a below average defensive player at 3B, however. His career UZR is -9.5, which probably puts him in the lowest 25 percent of defensive third basemen. Essentially, you'd have to decide whether replacing a Gold Glove third baseman with low Ks, bad OB and no power to a bad defensive thirdbaseman with high Ks, mediocre OB and good power helps the team more than it hurts it. Also worth noting: Cuddyer has a wide L/R split, hitting LHP far better than RHP.” – clout
Phils need bench desperately: "The Phils have a need for a strong bench in 2012 more than ever. Polanco and Utley easily could miss a combined 60 games in 2012. If Rollins is brought back, that total could be 90 games. Howard could miss most of the season, and he may not be back to 100 percent at any point in the season. So, the Phils need good bench guys to play the infield and to provide power." - derekcarstairs
Phillies have no faith in healthy Howard, better Brown? "Our strong pursuit of Cuddyer tells me two things: 1. The FO has zero faith in Howard being back at 100% next year. 2. The FO has nearly zero faith in Domonic Brown emerging as a legitimate LF in 2012." - NEPP
Versatility without cost to offense: “Cuddyer would bring the kind of versatility that is actually valuable since he can not only play lots of positions, but he can do it while making positive contributions at the plate. Plus, as free agents go, he's actually on the younger side. If you lock him up for 3 or 4 years, there's a decent chance that he might still be decent in the final year of his contract.” - bay_area_phan