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Thursday, December 22, 2011

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As a longtime reader, I'm struggling to understand how Swindle didn't merit his own post. For a time there, really thought he had a chance with the big club.

Forget about all that. Is John Bowker still on the 40 man? That's all I want to know.

The Angels IF may be over-crowded. This could mean that either Alberto Callaspo or Maicer Izturis is available. Both play 3B, SS and 2B, both are switch hitters; good gloves; solid bats. Izturis would be a super-utility guy. Callaspo could start at 3B and may have value comparable to that of Headley.

Derekcarstairs- where would Callaspo or Izturis fit on the roster?

From my post yesterday on my own site:

Lineup:
1. Jimmy Rollins/SS
2. Shane Victorino/CF
3. Chase Utley/2B
4. Ryan Howard/1B
5. Hunter Pence/RF
6. John Mayberry/LF
7. Placido Polanco/3B
8. Carlos Ruiz/C


Bench:
Brian Schneider/C, Ty Wigginton 3B/1B/OF, Laynce Nix/OF, Jim Thome/1B/PH, and Wilson Valdez/UTL.

Rotation:
1. Roy Halladay
2. Cliff Lee
3. Cole Hamels
4. Vance Worley
5. Joe Blanton

Bullpen:
1. Jonathan Papelbon
2. Antonio Bastardo
3. Jose Contreras
4. Michael Stutes
5. Dontrelle Willis
6. Kyle Kendrick
7. Michael Schwimer

Other Scenarios:
Pete Orr/UTL, Scott Podsednik/OF, or Michael Martinez/UTL are likely candidates to start the season on the 25-man roster should Howard be placed on the DL.

Justin DeFratus, David Herndon, Brian Sanches, and Joe Savery are relief pitchers vying for the final spot in the bullpen.

Insight you can only find on Beerleaguer. Love it, Jason. You're a treasure. Merry Christmas buddy.

Kata just signed with the Rangers. Andy must be prescient. Ed Wade is dancing in the halls over it.

Jason, Montanez "...can hit left-handed pitching..."
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This must be based on his minor league stats. I can't find his 2011 minors splits, but in 2008 he hit .341/.399/.637 vs. LHPs in AA.

He has a .513 OPS vs. lefties in the majors, in only 154 PAs.

He turned 30 last week, but who knows, maybe something will click.

GM-Carson - Your roster appears to be correct except that Howard begins the season on the DL. If Callaspo or Izturis were added, it would be by trade. If no players from the 25-man roster were included in the trade, the Phils would have to make a roster move once Howard comes off the DL. Valdez would be a candidate.

schmenkman: Could be wrong. Didn't look at his major league numbers, only read about his ability to hit lefties on Bleed Cubbie Blue and a quote from Mike Quade. I'll dig up the links.

Defratus over schwim easily

Sanches or Herndon in that final spot.

hook: I think DeFratus will be the better MLB'er in the end, but I dont think they are separated by much at this point.

JW: solid, thorough write-up on both Luna and Montanez, helpful.

I, too, think DeFratus will be better eventually. But Schim did better last year and is more ready now. It'll be fun to see how they pitch in the future, particularly if the Phils keep them both. Add in Aumont for extra fun.

DeFratus' DITHL last spring kept him in AAA so hopefully he can fight through it.

Yeah and in a few years that pen will be young and cheap and good. Lots of good power arms with nice secondary stuff. Schim is got the goods but I think justin's secondary is better. Fastball Isnt as flat. I like aumont in AAA in case of injury and slide in and take Jose spot maybe later in year if breakdown.

Both are good AAA/AAAA type guys...good depth signings.

Herndon will likely get that spot out of ST but there will be 2-3 guys ready to step in the moment Contreras goes down and/or Herndon struggles.

That's a good thing.

Carson, regarding the bullpen, IMO you're correct about 4 pitchers:

Papelbon
Bastardo
Kendrick
Willis

I think, at least to start the season, the other 4 spots will be up for grabs.

Contreras - questions about health, he's not even throwing yet
Stutes - IMO, not a lock because his command wavered at the end of last season
Herndon - which David Herndon will show up?
Sanches - ditto.
De Fratus and Schwimer - the future?, maybe, but with multiple options left they're better candidates to start at AAA than some of the above.

My 2 cents.

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Oh, forgot to address Savery:

With little experience as a reliever in his professional career, Savery needs more seasoning. I believe the Phils' FO will take that position as well.

Y, NT!

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