Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Vizquel & Park

Omar Vizquel's name is being floated around as a possible replacement for the newly departed Eric Bruntlett. Vizquel, who is 42, still manages to be in excellent shape and play outstanding defense at multiple positions (SS, 2nd, and 3rd), but his bat is weak. Of course, a crusty piece of pooh could replace Bruntlett, so I'm not going to complain much if the Phillies decide to go this route. Last year with the Texas Rangers he hit .266 with a .660 OPS. Like I said, better than Bruntlett. Vizquel's role would be limited anyway, because Rollins and Utley are everyday players that do not need defensive replacements. The only question mark in the Phils infield is currently at 3rd base. Despite turning 43 at the beginning of the 2010 season, Omar still has decent speed, so he has the ability to be used as a pinch-runner, plus he's a switch hitter, which also adds to his value.

Chan Ho Park had a bad season and a good season with the Phillies last year. He was bad as a starting pitcher: 1-1, 7.29 ERA, 1.74 WHIP in 7 starts. He was good as a reliever: 2-2, 2.52 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and no homeruns allowed in 50 innings pitched. Despite the huge discrepancy between roles, he still yearns to be a starting pitcher. However, the Phillies are not considering him for that capacity, they view him strictly as a reliever. I hope he's brought back into the fold, and becomes the go-to guy in the 7th, but there's plenty of offseason yet to play out.


GM-Carson said...

Zolecki reports the Phils are the frontrunners for Mark DeRosa. He's a local boy, UPENN grad, and had some decent years recently, but I worry about his wrist and pricetag.

Bob D said...

DeRosa is same price as Feliz or there abouts. DeRosa would ba a better asset as he could play IF/OF if needed. I would prefer the utility IF be someone who is a good hitter and not more crap. Or else we will all be shouting about him like we did for Brunt. If the utility IF had a good bat (power not really needed) contact hitter and a good bunter with a good glove that would help the team greatly.

Park would be nice to have in the 7th inning or so. But I feel the team needs to go out and pick up a solid late inning arm as its possible that after next season the Phils could lose most of the bullpen to free agency etc... Rodney has been rumored. However I expect many of these openings on the team to still be opened come winter meetings in December. So until then we will just go round and round with the debates, and maybe a few new names will pop up. Of course I expect a number of names to emerge at non tended contracts are made free agents at the end of Dec? I believe.

GM-Carson said...

I bet DeRosa lands a 2-3 year deal worth roughly $7M annually.

SirAlden said...

I agree on Vizquel and Park.

DeRosa is a Strikeout Queen.

I am hoping Adrian Beltran
and his Gold Glove are healthy.

I was first shocked about Feliz,
looking closely his fielding trendlines are going south.

Bob D said...

My guess is that the Phils just may pull off a trade for a reliever and maybe an outside chance of a trade for 3rd base.

Dr. Steve said...

I think any 3B we get should be for one year. But none of these guys will want that.

The truth is, we're not going to find that stud third baseman without drafting him.

Which is what we should do. How quick do you think a 3B can move through the minors?