The phrase "roll the dice" means to take a chance, and Pat Gillick has done just that this offseason. He has brought in proven commodities in Freddy Garcia, Rod Barajas, and to some extent Adam Eaton and Jayson Werth. I wouldn't exactly say he was "going out on a limb" on those moves. However, he has rolled the dice to create some competition this spring with the minor league signings of Karim Garcia, Randall Simon, Brent Abernathy, Ron Calloway, Kane Davis and Lou Collier. He also claimed Greg Dobbs and Anderson Garcia off waivers, snatched Antonio Alfonseca out of the Dominican winter league, and "stole" Alfredo Simon and Jim Ed Warden during the Rule 5 draft.
Do I really believe any of these players will make an impact...ahh, no. I do think if Alfonseca is healthy he can help the bullpen, he does possess the magic power of the sixth finger afterall. I also like the potential of Warden to become a right-handed specialist out of the bullpen. Karim Garcia or Randall Simon might prove to be worth left-handed pinch-hitting duties. These all are mights and ifs. All these players might turn out to be trash. Just as long as they're not clogging up the Phillies MLB 25-man roster being trash, then I have no problem with them being in the organization. Afterall, we already have Nunez as roster garbage. What the above list of players do give the Phils is depth. If, gulp, Chase Utley goes on the DL we may be forced to call upon Abernathy. Or, if, Rowand goes kamikaze again, Vic will have to move to center as we bring up Dobbs for a few weeks. Overall, these players will be in Ottawa, and they won't be hampering the progress of prospects there because the organization seems to be void of positional prospects in the upper level. So why not roll the dice and see if one pans out.