Wandy Rodriguez should be pitching for the Phillies. I'm going to bitch about this all season, or at least while it's still relevant. He agreed to a minor league deal with the Phils, but it never became official because he failed his physical. What did their due diligence get them? Well, it certainly didn't get them a 4-3 record in 9 GS, 52.2 IP, 43 K, 3.25 ERA, and a 1.36 WHIP on the cheap for the Rangers. Nope, instead they settled for a more expensive shitfest from a combination of Chad Billingsley, Jerome Williams, and Sean O'Sullivan (4-11, 22 GS, 118.2 IP, 64 K, 5.61 ERA, and a 1.54 WHIP). I leave David Buchanan and Severino Gonzalez out of the equation due to already being in the organization, young with upside, and cheap.
Some old friends of the 2008 WFC Phillies are having a Kansas City revival. Ryan Madson and Joe Blanton were each signed to a minor league contract, but are giving major support to the Royals bullpen. Together they've combined for 29 G, 37 IP, 35 K, 1.95 ERA, and a 0.97 WHIP.
Cody Asche does not appear to have what it takes to be an everyday MLB player. His defense was never particularly good at 3rd base and he's still learning on the job in left field. He lacks offensive tools as well, seeing that he doesn't hit for a high average, has a low on base percentage, and lacks both power and speed. However, it's not like he's blocking any prospects, nor do the Phillies have better alternatives at the moment. Unless you wanna see Dom Brown suck on the regular.
Freddy Galvis by each month: April - .355/.829 (he can hit, he's an All-Star), May - .237/.560 (this is what we expected), June - .000/.000 (WTF?!). Since May 27th - no hits in 28 at bats. Wanna know what's really sad? Galvis' .315 OBP leads the Phillies. Odubel Herrera has had similar fate: April - .301/.763 (a Rule 5 steal!), May - .202/.522 (bench player at best), and June - .125/.375 (will he make it the entire season on the 25-man roster?).
And because I enjoy complaining so much, something completely unrelated to the Phillies...Stephen Drew is so f'n lucky! He is horrible at his job, but is paid handsomely. He ripped the Red Sox and Yankees off last season, and then turned around and did the same thing again this year to Yankees. 2014-2015: 136 G, .165/.553, 33 R, 24 DBL, 14 HR, 45 RBI, $16.1M.