Saturday, February 03, 2007

Roll the Dice

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.

~Carson

12 comments:

furiousBall said...

no problem with having depth, but yeah these guys won't make a difference besides being servicable when someone goes down or needs a blow....goes down, needs a blow...i never realized getting rest sounds so much like oral sex. i'm going to go point this out to my wife and see if she "just wants to take it easy tonight"

GM-Carson said...

As always, very nice commentary Furiousball, you make this site better.

Just read the Pirates are after Dan Kolb to be their setup man...not worth it! But this is Pittsburgh we're talking about.

GM-Carson said...

Rick "The Beard" White is now a member of the Ass-tros. You gotta think he'd have been better than 6-finger Alfonseca...but I only purpose to be a GM.

Los said...

He REALLY rolled the dice by keeping Burrell ... I think that is going to be the biggest question mark of the season. If he has a good season, and rediscovers some clutch hitting, this team will easily make the playoffs. However, if he plays like he did last season, it's going to be a struggle.

GM-Carson said...

Los- to be quite honest having Helms or Rowand batting behind Burrell will help Burrell out. Think about it, last year Burrell didn't have protection. Just like Utley needs Howard, and Howard will need Burrell, Burrell needs someone.

voice of reason said...

Everybody needs somebody sometimes!

BenJah said...

reading names makes me feel like im in the movie 'major league': "who are these fucking guys!?"

why not let utley protect both howard and burrell

victorino
rowand
howard
burrell
utley
rollins
helms
barajas

das411 said...

Benjah, didn't Utley lead the league in hits last season?

How about:

Victorino
Utley
Burrell
Howard
Rollins
Helms
Werth/Rowand
Ruiz/Coste

Who else thinks J-Ro has 30+ homers in him?

GM-Carson said...

Das411- what the hell are you smoking, because I'm sure Benjah would like some...Jimmy 30+ homeruns? I think he hits 16-18 this season, with last year being his career high for the rest of his career.

My lineup:

Rollins
Victorino
Utley
Howard
Burrell
Helms
Rowand
Barajas/Ruiz

Kevin said...

I think Rollins has to be at the top of the lineup... despite his power, he's a guy we need on base with our bigger bats behind him... with this lineup, i still think he needs to learn to hit the ball on the ground a'la Juan Pierre and score some runs... here is my proposed lineup

Rollins
Victorino
Utley
Howard
Burrell
Rowand
Barajas
Helms

I'd rather a better hitter in the 8 spot to help turnover the lineup.

GM-Carson said...

Personally, I think Helms will offer more protection for Burrell than Rowand. Helms makes better contact too. Rowand and Burrell back-to-back are k's waiting to happen.

I just want Rollins to hit. He's never going to be an on-base machine. What he gives us is quality though. Juan Pierre is only a singles hitter, at least Rollins has extra base ability.

das411 said...

Shane-O is a singles hitter. Rollins has decent power that we saw last year, even after Larry Bowa types have been yelling at him his entire career to hit the ball on the ground and turn himself into Jason Tyner.

It doesn't seem likely we'll be able to find a better power hitter on the market, even with Rowand and Lieber to trade, so why not see if Rollins takes to it? It's not like we lose any speed at the top of the lineup with Victorino there, but would you rather have Burrell bat ahead of a Helms/Rowand type or Rollins?