Ronny Paulino already gone? Everyone's favorite 33 year old rookie, Chris Coste, has secured the backup catching gig, which left Ron-Paul without a job. Just like Kris Benson the season before him, Paulino will never officially be considered a Phucco, as he only saw MLB time with the Buccos, but never the Phils. But where did he go? To the San Francisco Giants for all of 3 nanoseconds, then to the Florida Marlins. The Phils got a trash reliever in Jack Taschner, and he'll surely be surrendering crucial runs by mid-April, and I'll be calling for his head...or at least his pitching arm.
Taschner has pitched for the San Francisco Treats for the past 4 seasons, posting a career line of: 8-4 record, 178 gm, 140 ip, 73 bb, 123 k, 5.01 era, 1.57 whip. Unlike Rolaids, that does not spell "relief". He's a lefty, but lefties kill him: .288 average, .758 OPS. For all the good Amaro has done, this is definitely not part of it. Bad trade.