Change of Plans?

madson.jpgPhillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Brad Lidge‘s knee injury could force the Phillies to rethink their philosophy as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

“If in fact we lose Brad for a more significant amount of time then I think we have a pretty good alternative right now in Ryan (Madson),” Amaro said. “We’ve got a lot of confidence in him.

“We’ve been trying to upgrade our staff. You can never have enough pitching going down the stretch and you always like to try to add pitching. The fact that we’re going to be missing Brad for a copule weeks and maybe longer that may change our strategy. It may put more focus on a bullpen piece. It may not. A lot of it will depend on what Dr. (MichaelCiccotti has to say. If I had my druthers, I’d rather hit both areas. But in this day and age, it’s tough to make one trade, let alone two.”

Left-hander Antonio Bastardo has pitched well in two starts with the Phillies, but I’m not sure the Phillies are sold on him as the answer. I think if they have the opportunity to land somebody like Erik Bedard they would jump at the opportunity at the right price.

“He doesn’t have the same track record as some guys out there who might be available,” Amaro said of Bastardo. “But at least for now he’s pitched well enough and shown enough of poise to be pretty happy with him.”

I like Bastardo because it’s just a cool name to say, but I’m not sure that’s a great way to run a ballclub.

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4 Comments

Hmm Phillies looking for bullpen help, Red Sox have a plethora of pitching. Jason Donald for Manny Delcarmen anyone??

I’m down with that trade if by “Jason Donald” you mean “a bucket of baseballs and a 12 pack of Yuengling”

Actually I guess I hadn’t been paying attention to his numbers lately, he’s been pitching very well. Still, I think the Phillies should stick with getting a starter.

My brother lives in Seattle and his an avid Mariner fan. He told me that the rumors about Bedard being a bad teammate are all lies. So I feel better about the Phils pursuing him, that is IF they do.

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