Amaro has acknowledged that his resources might be tapped out and any improvements will likely come in the form of the minor league contract variety. The thought makes me sick to my stomach looking at the current projected roster, but at least he made some smart minor league signings today.
Seaon O'Sullivan adds depth to the pitching staff as he could start or relieve. The 26 year old right-hander has pitched with the Angels, Royals, and Padres over parts of 4 MLB seasons to not so great results (10-16, 5.89 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 218.2 IP).
Tony Gwynn Jr. is a fantastic defensive outfielder and could possibly serve as an upgrade over Mayberry. The 31 year old is obviously the son of former Hall of Fame Padre Tony Gwynn. Unlike his father, he can't hit. Over 7 seasons with the Brewers, Padres, and Dodgers he's hit .244/.630 with 77 stolen bases.
Dave Sappelt, another outfielder, is 26 years old and has seen action over the past 3 seasons with the Reds and Cubs. In 95 games he's hit .251/.644 and .293/.774 in the minors.
Old buddy Lou Marson is back in the fold. He was sent to Cleveland as part of the package to land Cliff Lee, but has returned to serve as a security catcher in the minors. Lou is now 27 years old and has been in the Majors for 6 seasons, but has only hit .219/.609 and has turned into a capable defensive backstop.
There you have it...the hope for the 2014 Phillies.
*To make room for Roberto Fausto Hernandez Carmona on the 40-man roster, the Phils designated catcher Sebastian Valle for assignment.