Monday, March 18, 2013
Roster Moves and Whatnot
*Yuniesky Betancourt is making himself appear to have value. If he doesn't make the Phillies roster, he very well might make another team's. For example, the Cardinals, lacking surefire shortstop are a possible destination. Sure, how about Betancourt straight up for Shelby Miller? Seems fair.
*Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman won't be on the Opening Day roster. They've been optioned to Triple-A, meaning Michael Stutes, Jeremy Horst, Raul Valdes, and Phillippe Aumont are competing for the final 3 spots in the bullpen.
*All this talk about Rule 5 pick Ender Inciarte making the team needs to stop. He's never played above Single-A and aside from defense and some speed, he doesn't have much upside. If Ruf isn't staying with the Phils, my vote goes for Jermaine Mitchell. He has speed, defense, and some pop. Plus, he's shown he can do it at Triple-A, which is a far cry from the low minors.
*Roy Halladay was looking to shut up the naysayers, but instead was removed after one inning because of illness. I am worried about him. His demeanor/mound presence has been shaken and his velocity is in the mid-80's. Those aren't good things.