Jamie "Grand Pappy" Moyer and Greg "Sideburns" Dobbs have joined JC Romero in search of a new employer. Each were tremendous contributors to the WFC team of 2008, but have been in a decline ever since.
Triple-A fallback catcher Paul Hoover has been removed from the 40-man roster, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him brought back again on a minor league deal.
Placido Polanco is set to go under the knife today in hopes of finally fixing his ailing right elbow. Thanks a lot Tim Hudson...dick. Polly is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for spring training.
Roy Halladay still awaits the real trophy- NL Cy Young Award, but for now he'll settle for being voted MLB's Clutch Performer of the Year and being tabbed as the Players Choice for NL Outstanding Pitcher.
With the imminent departure of Jayson Werth creating an outfield void, Amaro has started cobbling together a plan of attack. Domonic Brown is the likely heir apparent to the throne, but the rookie might need a righthanded batting platoon partner. This player could come internally (Ben Francisco or John Mayberry) or from outside the organization. In 4 seasons The Ben Francisco Treat has hit lefties decently to the tune of .267/.806. Mayberry has limited MLB exposure against southpaws (.279/.923 in 43 ab), but has hit lefties well throughout the minors. When faced with the external options of Andruw Jones, Matt Diaz, Austin Kearns, Jeff Francoeur, and some others I'd rather just give the athleticism of Mayberry a chance and use Francisco at all 3 outfield positions for spot starts and save the money and use it on the bullpen.