If you were annoyed by the repeated shots of Jessica Simpson in the stands during the Eagles-Cowboys game, you may not like to hear that the Phils have serious interest in signing Kris Benson to a one year deal. (What a Phucco he would be.) Such a deal would ensure consistent Anna Benson reaction shots during his starts, similar to the events of Sunday.
As readers of this blog know already, I'm all for this signing, and would gladly chip in some of my blogging income to supplement the Phillies offer if he's looking for big money. And if he does sign, I'll be at Best Buy looking for an big screen LCD TV to watch Anna in high-def. (Although that horrible armband tattoo does make her look like a New Jersey skank..)
Seriously though, I am in support of one year of Kris Benson. I would much rather take the risk on a back-end guy for a year than shell out big bucks for Silva, Lohse or Gavin Eaton...
Geoff Jenkins was the clear cut winner over Mike Cameron for the Phillies outfield vacancy. The big differences: money/years and a 25 game suspension. And since Pat Gillick reads the blog daily (he posts under the name "siralden") this may sway him in his choice.
Currently, third base is a Helms/Dobbs platoon. Not quite ideal, but consider this: Mike Lamb signed a 2 year, $6.6 million deal with the Twins. Lamb is 32, a career .281 hitter with limited power (10-12 homers per year). There was talk of Lamb as a viable option/replacement in Philly (not much talk, but some...) but he's actually just an older Greg Dobbs. Dobbs went for .270 and 10 last year and had a slightly higher fielding percentage at third base. I try to refrain from comparing the Phils to Minny, but they are getting for almost league minimum what the Twins are paying 3 mil a year for.
As far as a FA signing, I'm not liking any of the options. Specifically, I think Morgan Ensberg is done and would be a huge mistake. I also don't want to trade for No-Hit Inge. I'd like to get Joe Crede, but at what cost? We'll see what Gillick pulls out...