Today on the final day of the MLB Winter Meetings the Phillies selected some dude from the Angels organization in the Rule 5 Draft. Some dude is named Ken Herndon, who also goes by David Herndon in some circles. He's a tall (6'5") righthanded pitcher that has experienced some success in relief after faltering in A-ball while starting. The 24 year old hasn't pitched above Double-A and has a minor league line of: 26-23, 3.78 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 28 sv, and 224 k's in 387.2 ip. He was drafted 3 times (Royals in '04, Twins in '05, and Angels in '06), so there might be some upside to him. Snippet scouting report from Baseball America says, "Good control in Double-A for sinker-slider righthander, who also throws a splitter." Realistically, this guy stands no chance of cracking the 25-man roster in the spring, and for now is merely a warm body on the 40-man roster.
Past Rule 5 Draft flunkies- Robert Mosebach, Travis Blackley, Lincoln Holdzkom, Adam Donachie, Jim Ed Warden, and Ryan Budde...bunch of all-stars there right? In fact, the last successful Rule 5 draftee the Phils had was Shane Victorino in 2004, and even he didn't make the Opening Day roster.
*Roy Halladay remains a possibility for the Phils, with trade pieces including some combination of JA Happ, Dominic Brown, Michael Taylor, and even Cole Hamels. Joe Blanton would also presumably need to be moved in order to clear salary. I'll believe all this when it happens, and it probably won't.
*John Smoltz is being targeted as a back of the bullpen arm for the Phightins and has said he doesn't have a problem with the Brick Cit House (contrary to previous quotes).
*Phils are kicking the tires of veteran lefty reliever Ron Mahay and groundball inducing starting pitcher Jason Marquis.