Amaro Talks Roster
The Phillies have less than two weeks to figure out how they want their 25-man roster to look Opening Night.
The rotation? I still think the Phillies prefer J.A. Happ over Chan Ho Park because Park could help them more in the bullpen. If it breaks like that, I think Gary Majewski could get the final bullpen job.
The bench? The Phillies have been shopping Geoff Jenkins, but without much luck. There is a report the Phillies could ship Kyle Kendrick to the Rockies for utility player Jeff Baker, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, “I don’t know if that’s a fair trade, actually.” The Phillies also have been talking to the Red Sox about Lou Marson, which I wrote a bit about yesterday. But it doesn’t sound like anything is happening there, either.
The Phillies in recent seasons have picked up David Dellucci and Rudy Seanez either just before the season opener or a couple days after. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Phillies made a move just before the April 5 season opener.
“We continue to talk,” Amaro said. ”We’ve talked with several teams over the last few weeks, and we’ll continue to do that through Opening Day and probably beyond.”
But it’s clear the Phillies want another right-handed bat for their bench. Both Jenkins and Matt Stairs are left-handed hitting corner outfielders.
“I think it’s a redundancy, and in a perfect world I’d like to have more versatility and give Charlie different types of choices,” Amaro said. “But that doesn’t mean at the end of the day that we won’t have all three of those left-handers on our bench. It may stay as it is. But in a perfect world, we’d like to give Charlie a little bit more balance.”
Amaro said the chances of carrying three catchers (Carlos Ruiz, Chris Coste and Ronny Paulino) are remote. The chances of John Mayberry Jr. (a right-handed power bat they could use) making the team only would seem to happen if the Phillies open the season with 11 pitchers on their roster. I’m not sure that will happen, although the Phillies technically do not need a fifth starter until April 20.