In Jim Thome, Jonathan Papelbon and the pending agreement with Dontrelle Willis, the Phils have added name recognition to the roster.
In order to avoid becoming the Internet's wettest blanket, I've set a quota that every fifth post needs to be positive in nature. So this one is designed to celebrate coming to terms with the game's most intriguing second loogy, Dontrelle Willis, who will become a Phillie as long as he passes his physical. Willis brings his funk to Philadelphia where he will become the club's latest reclamation project, or rather, reinvention project, as his role will reportedly evolve into strictly relief. The Phils oversaw successful starter-reliever transitions with Jose Contreras and Chad Durbin, among others. There are good reasons to believe D-Train will work, too, based on splits alone. In limited opportunities last season, he struck out one in three lefties, holding them to a .369 OPS, and his career numbers against same-sided hitters have always been strong.
Baseball aside, he adds mystique and marketability, as does Gentle Jim, and Papelbon, in a primary role, as opposed to a secondary one. At the very least, the Phils have added some sizzle.