Tag: Pete Laforest

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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.

So you think you can outfield

The Phillies signed Geoff Jenkins to a two-year, $13 million contract. That’s really good news for the Phils.

If you’ve been wondering who will be pinch-running for Pat Burrell in the sixth inning, the answer is apparently So Taguchi. The Phillies signed Taguchi to a one-year, $1 million contract. The signing of Taguchi looks like it will push Chris Snelling off the roster.

Not a fan of this move. Taguchi’s .391 career slugging percentage means he doens’t belong in left or right. The Phils are weak at center field when Victorino goes down, but if Taguchi were to take over the every day job as a center fielder they would still be weak there and need to find another solution. He turns 38 in July. The problem will be compounded by the fact that Manuel has been so bad using defensive replacements over the past two seasons. One of the solutions for that would have been not to give him any and see what kind of damage he can do with Eric Bruntlett. I would have much preferred the Phillies kept Snelling as the fifth outfielder and let Werth handle the backup duties as center fielder. Werth isn’t ideally suited for that job, but I’d much rather have the team be weak defensively at backup center fielder than have them carry Taguchi all season. It doesn’t look like the Phils are going to do that.

The Phillies also signed righty Chad Durbin to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Durbin has a career 5.75 ERA over 465 innings and has made 75 career starts in which he’s thrown to a 5.83 ERA with a 1.57 ratio. Pitching for the Tigers in 2007 he allowed 21 home runs in 127 2/3 innings, so he doesn’t seem like an ideal fit for Citizens Bank Park. He turned 30 earlier this month.

The Phillies have a big problem at the back of their rotation and it isn’t getting any better. I’d be surprised if Durbin, Youman or Blackley proved to be the answer.

The Phillies pried catcher Josh Eachues away from the South Georgia Peanuts. He’s not coming soon to a theater near you. You may have to go to him.

The Phils sent Pete Laforest to Triple-A.

The Mets may be interested in Jon Lieber.

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