The bitter taste of the Phillies 2014 last place finish in the NL East is still fresh and gag worthy in everyone's mouth. That hasn't stopped Ruben Amaro from attempting to reconstruct the same shitty team for 2015.
Jerome Williams - extended for 1 year $2.5M
Grady Sizemore - extended for 1 year $2M
Cesar Jimenez - avoids arbitration
It's not that any of those players were the reason for the Phillies woes last season, but they likely aren't going to help turn the squad around either. As pointed out in the last post, Williams twirled magic in 9 starts with the Phillies, but was atrocious with the Rangers and Astros earlier in the year. Sizemore was released by Boston and played only league average for the Phils. Jimenez tossed 16 innings for the Phillies, albeit quality, but that's a small sample size.
Delving deeper, Williams, Sizemore, and Jimenez will all be 30+ years old next season with little upside. Thinking Williams can maintain anywhere near a 2.83 ERA is foolhardy. Thinking Grady will return to his glory days with Cleveland is foolish. Thinking Jimenez will repeat his 1.69 ERA over an entire season is silly.
I'm not angry any of these guys are returning. I'm just confused. Maybe Amaro is just trying to create depth and lock in cost effective complementary pieces. Or, perhaps he's banking on repeat performances. Guess we'll have to wait and see how the offseason unfolds.