The Phillies traded Chris Roberson to the Orioles for cash. Roberson hit 232/254/261 in 69 at-bats with the Phillies between 2006 and 2007. He turns 29 in August. I’d be kind of surprised if it turns out to be a lot of cash. Probably more than a nickel, though. Shhh.

This mailbag from the Phillies’ web site says that the Phillies’ interest in Kris Benson has cooled and suggests adding Chad Durbin was an alternative to Benson. If the Phillies’ search for a fifth starter is truly over, that’s bad news.

Pete Laforest will be invited to spring training. The Phils don’t have a lot of depth at catcher, but I’d be surprised if Jaramillo didn’t get the first shot behind Ruiz and Coste this year. Laforest may appeal as a left-handed bat off the bench, but the Phils don’t appear to have any space for him. I don’t think you’re likely to see a 25-man roster for the Phillies in which Laforest is the second-best defensive catcher.

This article lists the Lidge trade as one of the most lopsided of the off-season (in the Phillies favor). I don’t agree. The pen is still a problem for the Phils. Lidge is obviously an improvement over Geary, but trading away useful middle relievers creates new problems.