Next Thursday is the Rule V draft at the tail end of the GM meetings in Las Vegas, and many teams are looking to turn water into wine (or for us less sophisticated- water into Pabst Blue Ribbon). It's essentially a risk free way of gathering talent cast aside by other organizations that sometimes pans out (Johan Santana, Shane Victorino, Josh Hamilton). Of course, sometimes the player selected isn't talented at all and is either stuck on a MLB roster for a full season gathering splinters in their ass and making pinch-running appearances, or offered back to the club they were selected from. Phillies pitcher of the mid-90's, Mike Mimbs, was a Rule V steal from the Montreal Expos back in the winter of 1994. His rookie season was his finest, going 9-7 with a 4.15 era over 136.7 innings. He was a swingman on the staff making 37 starts over 3 seasons (95-97) while appearing in 73 games total, with a record of 12-19 and a career era of 5.03. Believe it or not, that was actually par for the course during those dark times in Philadelphia...remember they stunk back then!
Put on your fundies and have a little fun this Friday and imagine just for a minute the following sequence of events...Phillies sign groundball inducing machine Derek Lowe, then trade Brett Myers and Jason Donald to Toronto for righthanded hitting outfielder Alex Rios, and re-sign Jamie Moyer. Rotation- Hamels, Lowe, Blanton, Moyer, Carrasco/Happ. Lineup- Rollins, Victorino, Rios, Howard, Werth, Feliz, Bruntlett (until Utley returns), Ruiz/Coste. World F**kin' Champions Part 2!!!