Busy weekend for the Phillies that saw them agree to deals with two pitchers — lefty John Lannan appears to be set to serve as the fifth starter and righty Mike Adams looks likely to set up Papelbon.
This article says that the deal with Adams is for two years, $12 million and the deal with Lannan is one year, $2.5 million.
Lannan has made 19 starts against the Phillies over his career, throwing to an ugly 5.53 ERA with a 1.74 ratio. Opponents have hit 329/404/546 against him in Citizens Bank Park. So that could be better. In 94 1/3 innings against the Phillies in all stadiums he’s hit 11 batters. In 689 1/3 innings against all other teams, he’s hit 19 batters. In his major league debut on July 26, 2007, Lannan was ejected in the fifth inning after hitting Utley and Howard back-to-back. The ball that hit Utley broke his hand.
Here’s my guess on how the pitcher staff for 2013 looks at this point as well as the top candidates to fill the last two slots:
|1||SP||Halladay (R)||Stutes (R)|
|2||SP||Lee (L)||Schwimer (R)|
|3||SP||Hamels (L)||De Fratus (R)|
|4||SP||Kendrick (R)||Cloyd (R)|
|5||SP||Lannan (L)||Rosenberg (R)|
|6||RP||Papelbon (R)||Valdes (L)|
|7||RP||Adams (R)||Savery (L)|
|8||RP||Bastardo (L)||Diekman (L)|
On Friday, the Phillies claimed 23-year-old left-handed reliever Mauricio Robles off of waivers from Seattle. Robles was primarily a starter in Seattle minor league system through 2011. In 2012 he made 43 appearances, 37 of which were in relief, and threw to a 5.78 ERA with 1.69 ratio between Double-A and Triple-A. He walked 63 in 71 2/3 innings. That’s not a joke, it’s actually a stat.
This suggests that the Phillies and Mariners are among the teams interested in Cody Ross and that Ross may be looking for a three-year, $25 million contract.
This suggests that the Phillies may have one payroll slot left, which would allow them to pay a new outfielder about $7 million.