Yesterday I proposed offering Juan Pierre or Johnny Damon a contract to be a bench player on the Phillies. Neither option is likely because they're looking for starting gigs, and the Phils don't have that to offer. Also, someone in the comments section mentioned that a right-handed bat would be preferable to a lefty, so I looked over the list of remaining free agents and came up with some players that fit that criteria, as well as being versatile.
Possible Bench Targets:
2011 stats - AVG/OPS
* = switch hitter
Jeff Keppinger/UTL (31) - .277/.677
*Wilson Betemit/UTL (30) - .285/.795
*Carlos Guillen/2B/1B/LF (36) - .232/.633
*Aaron Miles/UTL (35) - .275/.660
Ryan Theriot/2B/SS (32) - .271/.662
Edgar Renteria/SS (35) - .251/.654
Notes- Betemit would be ideal, and could take over for Valdez if a roster squeeze came into play upon Howard's return. He'd also likely be the most expensive. At this point in the offseason, Guillen, Miles, Theriot, and Renteria might be able to be had on minor league deals. Keppinger maybe a 1 yr/$1M pact. Renteria is also said to be open to becoming a utility infielder, adding 3rd and 2nd base to his positions.
Do you think Amaro should attempt snagging one of these players on the cheap or just stick with what's already in the system?