Bored of being dispirited by the awfulness of the Phillies this spring and not even wanting to bother hashing out the Pirates problems I have focused my energy elsewhere. I decided to entertain myself by perusing the current 40-man rosters to piece together a team made of former Phils. Stipulation- must have played for the Phils not just in their minor league system (meaning no JD Drew or Derrick Turbow). My roster is a NL roster (screw the AL) and has a balanced lineup of power and speed with some good defense mixed in. The rotation has some inning eaters and the bullpen actually looks better than the Phils current one.
*Career OPS in parentheses
1. Kenny Lofton- LF (.795)
2. Placido Polanco- SS (.766)
3. Bobby Abreu- RF (.908)
4. Jim Thome- 1B (.974)
5. Scott Rolen- 3B (.879)
6. Aaron Rowand- CF (.805)
7. Tadahito Iguchi- 2B (.768)
8. Johnny Estrada- C (.726)
David Dellucci- OF (.788), Rod Barajas- C (.696), Marlon Anderson- Utl (.713), Marlon Byrd- OF (.730), and Michael Bourn- OF (.702).
*Career era and whip in parentheses
1. Paul Byrd- RH (4.35, 1.32)
2. Kevin Millwood- RH (3.97, 1.28)
3. Carlos Silva- RH (4.31, 1.37)
4. Randy Wolf- LH (4.25, 1.34)
5. Kyle Lohse- RH (4.82, 1.43)
1. Billy Wagner- LH (2.40, 1.01)
2. Todd Jones- RH (3.93, 1.40)
3. Mike Timlin- RH (3.55, 1.27)
4. Aaron Fultz- LH (4.26, 1.36)
5. Ryan Franklin- RH (4.25, 1.32)
6. Geoff Geary- RH (3.94, 1.40)
7. Trever Miller- LH (4.46, 1.52)
Notes- as you can see shortstop was thin, so I had to move Gold Glove winning Polano there because he's actually played that position before and then insert Iguchi into secondbase. Billy Wagner is the closer, but Todd Jones serves as a backup should Billy need a break. Bourn is my primary defensive replacement in the outfield and pinch-runner, while Marlon Byrd and Dellucci have some thump for pinch-hitting.
Cuts- Jon Lieber, Vicente Padilla, Endy Chavez, Jason Michaels, Robinson Tejada, Gary Bennett, and Nick Punto. Curt Schilling is injured and wasn't even considered.