This morning I was complaining about the lack of options at firstbase during Ryan Howard's DL stay. Well, it was more so that I was complaining about the options, not necessarily the amount of them. Ross Gload, who bats left, is a fine stopgap against righties, but playing Cody Ransom or Greg Dobbs there at all is depressing. Amaro must have heard my plea, and promptly swung a deal for veteran Mike Sweeney. Sweeney is far removed from his all-star days back in Kansas City, but he's been a solid reservist the past few seasons with Oakland and most recently Seattle. I think he's a good addition to the bench and I hope he tears it up for the final 2 months of the season because the Mariners sure as hell owe the Phils something for ripping them off in the Cliff Lee deal. He comes for practically nothing, as the M's get the infamous Player To Be Named Later or Cash Considerations in return. Sweeney's 2010- .263/.802 in 99 at bats, he's 37 years old, bats right-handed, is fresh off the disabled list himself, and his closest comparable player as per Baseball-Reference.com is Raul Ibanez...go figure.
That crazy Korean Chan Ho Park is set to become the latest Phucco (Phillie + Bucco). The Pirates selected the reliever off waivers from the Yankees today because they need some depth in the bullpen after losing a lot of the staff this past week (Javier Lopez, DJ Carrasco, Octavio Dotel, and Brendan Donnelly were all sent packing). Park was a huge disappointment in NY, posting a 5.60 ERA and nursing various injuries.