Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Phillies shopping list
By Jason A. Churchill
After a five-game losing streak last week served as the potential start of the Philadelphia Phillies' final stretch to get back into contention, the club has won four of six and is now tied for second place in the National League East, and sit 7 1/2 games out in the Wild Card race. As of today, the Phillies have to be considered buyers, as GM Ruben Amaro told CSNPhilly.com last month.
They are still three games under .500 with four teams tied or ahead of them in the Wild Card hunt, but if the Phillies are looking to improve their roster, they could seek another bat to use in the outfield, perhaps in a platoon with John Mayberry or Ben Revere. Mayberry is below-average versus right-handed pitching and Revere, a superb defender, boasts a paltry .310 on-base percentage and .309 slugging percentage.
The Phillies have been checking in on back-end starters for some time now, but may not be willing to spend much to add another arm for the rotation. Free agent Jon Garland could be a last-second depth option. The club may be more likely to seek help bridging the gap between their rotation and closer Jonathan Papelbon.
The Phillies have 35 games remaining before the trade deadline, so a lot can happen, and with two Wild Card spots available, the opportunities can remain for longer than in years past. We'll have to wait until after the All-Star break to get a good feel for what Amaro and the Phillies might look to do. If they sell, Cliff Lee and Papelbon could be among those shopped.