|Mayberry hacking away.
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- Kendrick- What you think they should do really comes down to what you view Kendrick as, how you view his price, and what you think the rest of the off-season should look like. I view Kyle Kendrick not as the fourth starter on the current roster, but as a number five. I view his price of between $6.6 million and $8 million as being too much for a fifth starter. I view the Phillies as needing to get an impact arm in the 1-3 rotation mold yet this off-season, sliding Miguel Gonzalez into the four hole, which would leave Kendrick as the five if you brought him back. Yes, keeping him is good for depth, but at that price, is he far better than going into camp with Pettibone and Adam Morgan around to compete for the spot? I'm sure the Phillies will keep him around, I just think we're spending a difference of about $6 million bucks on nearly-interchangeable parts here, when we have other needs. I'm sure he stays, I would not risk him winning in arbitration.
- Bastardo- I almost want to cut him too for his Biogenesis suspension, but no. His performance last year was solid, and if he can be had for $1-2 million, why not? If you let him walk away, would you rather go pay for relief help? Not so much. I'm sure he stays, and I'm for it.
- Revere- For me, Ben Revere is a guy with a limited ceiling, but he's good at what he does well. Is he my starting centerfielder this year? Not if I can get Ellsbury or another upgrade here, and maybe not even if Cesar Hernandez comes to camp improved. Do I just non-tender a guy south of 25 who hit .300 this season for half a year? No. I view him more as a trade piece than a back-up if it comes to that, but I view him as having value. I'm sure he gets a contract, and i'm for that.
- Mayberry- No. Just no. He's not as rotten as I imagine him to be, but Mayberry has been overexposed in two straight seasons, getting too many plate appearances for his talent, and regressing across the board offensively. Darin Ruf excites me more as a bench righty bat, and Cesar Hernandez would excite me more for the price as the back-up in center. I'd rather replace him with a bench bat that fits better, and not risk a third season of regression. With that said, they'll tender him a contract, even though I would not.
- Frandsen- How much better was Frandsen than Galvis this past season? If you answered he wasn't, you are correct. Given the choice of the two, I feel like Galvis' better glove and more room for improvement, and cheaper price, should seal the deal. I think they move on here, and I'm fine with it.