Saturday, December 29, 2012

A welcome back recap

December 29, 2012

Michael Young putting on his new jersey
After missing the playoffs in 2012, Phillies' GM Ruben Amaro Jr. got to work this offseason, trying to fill in the holes that kept the team from reaching the postseason for a sixth consecutive time.

The Phillies acquired veteran Michael Young to play third base, the young Ben Revere to play in center field, then signed Mike Adams to be their set-up man and former National John Lannan to be their fourth or fifth starter in the rotation.

While all these moves are solid ones, they did come at a cost.

Gone are Vance Worley and pitching prospect Trevor May, who were sent to Minnesota in exchange for Revere and gone are Josh Lindblom (acquired from the Dodgers in the trade deadline deal of Shane Victorino) and another pitching prospect in Lisalverto BonillaOn second thought, losing Lindblom isn't such a bad thing, but anyway.....

The Phillies' will also be without catcher Carlos Ruiz at the start of the season, because he was suspended for 25 games by Major League Baseball  for violating the drug policy by using Adderall.

At the same time, the one and two starters Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee are now one-year older and the health of second baseman Chase Utley and first baseman Ryan Howard are still in question.

Spring Training is still a little far away, but it is already setting up to be an interesting 2013 for the Phillies, as we watch to see if they are still a playoff team and can keep up with last year's division champs the Nationals.

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