Amaro on Pitching Staff, Moyer and Kendrick


Thumbnail image for amaro.jpgRuben Amaro Jr.
answered a couple questions before they got asked yesterday morning at Bright House Field:

“No, we haven’t made any final decisions on our pitching staff or rotation.

“Yes, we’re still looking in other ways to improve our club.”

The Phillies optioned Mike Zagurski on Monday. It left the Phillies with 12 healthy pitchers in camp, a strong indication those are the 12 pitchers they will carry into the season until Brad Lidge and J.C. Romero are back. Amaro won’t say anything is official because the chance always exists they could make a deal before April 5, unlikely as it might be.

One roadblock to any deal is the Phillies appear to have exceeded their payroll budget, which is approaching $140 million. They’re simply not in position to add payroll. The second roadblock is that everybody in baseball is looking for pitching right now, so it’s not like teams are eager to trade a quality bullpen arm.

If the Phillies stand pat, there is just one roster decision: Jamie Moyer or Kyle Kendrick for the fifth job in the rotation?

“They’ve both doing very well,” Amaro said. “Obviously, competition is a good thing. The fact that they’re pitching well, I think it can only bode well for the club.”

Kendrick has a 1.29 ERA in four Grapefruit League appearances. Moyer has a 3.86 ERA in one Grapefruit League start and three B game starts. If those numbers hold – they could change dramatically before the Phillies break camp – it would appear on paper that Kendrick had outperformed Moyer, right?

“I don’t evaluate the numbers, especially in Spring Training,” Amaro said. “That’s not how we evaluate. We have to evaluate what’s going to be best overall for our club, and how they’re getting people out and those sorts of things. It’s still kind of a complicated decision to make. Hopefully we’ll make the right one.

“Look at what we did last year. Chan Ho Park probably pitched better than J.A. Happ. Ultimately, was that the right decision to start those guys in those roles? Probably not. That’s why they were flipped. We ended up being a better club as a result of it.”

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Thanks to 97.5 The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli for having me on his show yesterday at the Tiki Pavilion, where we talked about the Phillies and my book. Thanks as always to WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team, which had me on this morning. They even gave me a little “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” music at the end of my segment.

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The Fightins is giving away a copy of my book, if you enter their NCAA tournament Sweet 16 pool.

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The Zo Zone is on Facebook and Twitter. His Phillies book “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” is available online, and at Delaware Valley bookstores!

4 Comments

The shameless plugs for your book are getting annoying, Todd.

I’m sorry you feel that way. Fortunately or unfortunately, it’s my job to promote the book and if it means writing a line or two in a blog post I will. I spent a lot of time working on it, and I’m pretty proud of it. Thanks for your opinion, though.

phan 57, ya gotta lighten up dude. Zo wrote a book (which is pretty good) , do you think he’s not going to promote it? A few lines at the end of a blog really bother you that much? BTW, it is his blog.

I’m not sure philliesphan57 understands the difference between a “shameless plug” and thanking someone for helping him do some promotion for a book.
Thank you Todd, for writing the book, giving us links to the radio spots and providing a useful Internet source for Phillies information.
Make sure you let us know when you’ll be at Citizens Bank Ballpark signing it. I’d like to meet you.
Will you be doing any signings at Blue Rocks games in Wilmington? I know they’re a KC Royals affiliate, but there are plenty of Phillies fans at those games.

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