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March 18, 2014

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Willard Preacher

Good post and I agree almost entirely.

I don't think anyone in their right mind (employed in a decision-making role with the Phillies or not) thinks that Galvis is a viable alternative to Jimmy Rollins for a team that is stating with a straight face that they'd like to, you know, actually win baseball games.

That said, it does set the stage for the inevitable JRoll prolonged benching to attempt to minimize JRoll's PA's (and thereby his automatic option). The only way the team could get away with that at all is if they felt that Galvis was the better player. That said, please reference the above paragraph - there's not a damn person who knows anything about baseball that would believe that...

Cyclic

Repost:

Zolecki has a great article on the bullpen:
http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/article/phi/philadelphia-phillies-bullpen-arms-still-fighting-for-jobs?ymd=20140318&content_id=69559104&vkey=news_phi

Right now, basically Papelbon, Bastardo, Diekman, and Lincoln are the locks, leaving 3 spots for Phillippe Aumont, Justin De Fratus, B.J. Rosenberg, Kevin Munson, Mario Hollands, David Buchanan, Shawn Camp, Jeff Manship and Sean O'Sullivan.

I think Munson is a lock, based on Rule 5 history. To me, the last 2 should probably be Rosenberg and then whoever is getting sent down when Adams comes off the DL.

Willard Preacher

I feel like DeFratus should get the shot there. With a "let's see what we have" season in play, might as well give the kid a solid chance, rather than continue to yo-yo him on the Escalona Express.

Cyclic

True. For some reason, I didn't realize he'd thrown fewer than 15 MLB innings before 2013. I feel like he's been around a lot longer than that.

Willard Preacher

Cyclic, I feel like you and I are having conversations alone on two separate blogs. Perhaps our concerns are less about the waning interest in BL than they are in waning interest in the Philadelphia Phillies (gulp).

Mike Shotyk

I agree 110% with this article this is the oldest team in the league they know the deal no one needs to be a leader and if jimmy doesn't want to be the vocal leader there are plenty of other veterans there to do it. And Galvis is a zero with the bat that doesn't make us a better team. Leave Rollins alone and let the man get back to work.

LorecorE

Cyclic: "I think Munson is a lock, based on Rule 5 history. "

I agreed with you, but Munson was just released and returned to AZ.

Cyclic

Wow. Yeah, lore, I'm actually stunned by that.

Somewhere, Aumont is putting champagne on ice...

Cyclic

WP-- The same thought crossed my mind as well. I'll chalk it up to the off day. Possibly St. Patty's hangovers as well...

Cyclic

Any word on whether Rosin's being sent back by the Dodgers?

LorecorE

Dodgers have 5 locks for their pen:

Jansen, Wilson, Chris Perez, JP Howell, Paco Rodriguez

Veterans Jamey Wright and Paul Maholm are likely to finish it out. I have no idea what they are doing with Brandon League. Chris Withrow is one of their internal relief prospects.

Rosin doesn't look to have much chance.

Cyclic

He's still having a great spring training.

1.64 ERA, 11.0 IP, 2 ER, 1.091 WHIP, 1.6 BB/9, 9.8 SO/9, 6.00 SO/BB

Would be interesting to watch his continued development/lack thereof when the Phillies coaches get their hands on him again.

awh™

Cylic, true, but Rosin was used primarily as a starter by the Phillies last season.

Would they leave him in the 'pen where the Dodgers moved him?

Cyclic

I don't know. But I'd keep an eye on my shoulder if I were him...

Johnnie K

This issue with Rollins isn't with JRoll leading Byrd and Ruiz, it's about setting an example with the young guys on the team that are busting their butts to make the team. Guys like Galvis, Ruf (who is probably going to be optioned to AAA) and guys like that. Then you have Jimmy who is only at the park as much as required by mgmt, but everyone else shows up early. Chase is starting to get blasted by radio outlets in Philly for not being a vocal leader. The Phillies don't necessarily need a vocal leader, but Chase is a leader by example. The only leadership Jimmy has done in his career was one comment before a successful season, but even that comment was just a baited, passive answer that got blown up like some kind of bravado. Hell, even Howard is working hard to get better and change his approach and mind-set at the plate, but Jimmy seems reluctant to do any of that with any part of the game, and that is why Jimmy is getting the message NOW rather than in season.

Johnnie K

And on top of that, Rollins offense has only been marginally better really than what Galvis has given. Galvis might fit better into this lineup, despite lacking a little offensively. Rollins wants to hit high in the lineup, but doesn't have that kind of offense anymore. You can move Chase up into the two hole and have Dom Brown move to the 3 spot and have Galvis bat 8th. As an 8 hitter, Galvis and the lineup can be more productive as a whole than with Rollins clogging the two spot.

jbird

Did someone forget to write: "Yo, New Thread!"?

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