Below you will find the supposed bench players for the 2012 Phillies. Someone like Pete Orr, Kevin Frandsen, Scott Podsednik, Erik Kratz, Hector Luna, Domonic Brown, or Freddy Galvis could make some appearances, but I'll go with the ones likely to get the majority of playing time.
Manuel has said he wants Thome to get 200 at bats this season, which leads me to believe the Phils are serious about playing him in the field about once a week. If his cranky back can take the rigors of manning 1st base that much, then his contract will be well worth it.
Jim Thome/PH/1B - 89 G, .246/.804, 22 R, 9 DBL, 10 HR, 35 RBI.
Nix can play every outfield position and 1st base, and he crushes righties (.792 OPS over past 3 seasons), so he'll get plenty of at bats this season. Expect decent defense, modest pop, and horrible on base skills.
Laynce Nix/OF - 88 G, .243/.745, 31 R, 13 DBL, 9 HR, 33 RBI.
Reading on other blogs the negativity surrounding the Wigginton acquisition astounds me. He's a good role player that plays multiple positions. With Howard's injury and Utley and Polanco's brittleness, expect to see a lot of Wiggy this year and my guess is we'll be pleasantly surprised with the production.
Ty Wigginton/UTL - 118 G, .251/.724, 57 R, 22 DBL, 16 HR, 63 RBI.
Schneider sucked defensively and offensively last season. Honestly, I still can't believe he was offered a guaranteed MLB contract. His numbers won't be good this year, but hey, he is only a backup catcher.
Brian Schneider/C - 44 G, .211/.603, 14 R, 16 RBI.
Mini-Mart is a waste of a roster space. I'd much rather have Wilson Valdez in this role. I'm holding out hope Freddy Galvis or someone else steals the utility infielder job from him.
Michael Martinez/UTL - 68 G, .202/.552, 23 R, 19 RBI.
A contact hitter with speed has its place in the NL. I can see Pierre being Thome's personal caddy late in the games when a pinch runner is needed. Also, I think Juan has value as a pinch hitter because of his ability to put the ball in play.
Juan Pierre/OF - 74 G, .272/.646, 39 R, 26 RBI, 14 SB.
Over or under?