Window closes on Phils, Clubhouse doors opens in ALE
posted at 4/21/2013 8:36 AM EDT
The 7-11 start of the Philadelphia Phillies is significant because it's the second year in a row that the Phils have goten off to a slow start in April. Last year's team "recovered" to finish at .500 as the Braves and Nationals vied for the top billing. It's apparent this year too, that their biggest rivals are as good or better than advertised and both of those teams' core players are in their prime. The Phils rode their core players' prime years to a six year domination of the NLE, with one second place finish and five consecutive first place finishes the Phils ruled supreme. as their "window" closes, ALE club house doors will be opening.
Last year the Phils Gm, Ruben Amaro shipped out Shane Victorino to the Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the Giants, in returned he banked some young pitching, that pitching is now seasoning in AA.
So who is likely to be saying goodbye to Philadelphia's liberty bell? Michael Young, with his versatility in playing all INF positions and potent bat, he's just the type of guy that solidifies a stretch running team. Factor in the ages of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, both 34, and it's obvious they are not in any long term Phillie plans. Big Ryan Howard's humongous contract probably keeps him anchored, but who knows?
Many moves are made for veteran pitching, and the Phils have that in abundance. Roy Haladay aint what he used to be, but he's enough to bring stability to any rotation. John Lannan, though currently on the 15 day DL, will get some interest as all Lefties do, Lannan's sore knee will have him coming back about mid June, just in time to tune up and be showcased. The most valuable chip, though is Cliff Lee, and Lee has been through the spinning clubhouse door before with Philadelphia.
Amaro will likely be fielding calls from teams in the ALE, and current Phillies are likely to be switching uniforms. I would expect that the order of activity will be NY, Baltimore, Toronto and Boston.