Saturday, December 10, 2016

Benoit, Burnett & Nava

Matt Klentak is having a nice offseason so far by my measurements. The Howie Kendrick move was one I would have done. Non-tendering Cody Asche, I would have done. Present Jeremy Hellickson with qualifying offer, I would have done and then been happy that he accepted. The trade for Pat Neshek is exactly what I would have done. Signing a proven veteran relief pitcher to a 1 year deal (Joaquin Benoit) is precisely the move I would have made. Loading up with veterans on minor league deals is what I would still be doing (Daniel Nava and Sean Burnett). Seriously, this is the exact blueprint I would be following if I were anointed Phillies GM.
The New Guys:
Joaquin Benoit - 39 year old right handed reliever of 15 MLB seasons. He has been absolutely great since 2010 (Year/ERA: 2010 - 1.34, 2011 - 2.95, 2012 - 3.68, 2013 - 2.01, 2014 - 1.49, 2015 - 2.34, and 2016 - 2.81). He's the perfect fit for a relatively young Phillies bullpen. Having him, Hector Neris, Edubray Ramos, and Pat Neshek is a helluva lot better than what the Phils had last season. Michael Mariot was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Sean Burnett - 34 year old lefty reliever of 9 MLB seasons. Hasn't been consistently healthy since 2012, but has a decent tract record when he feels right. His career 3.52 ERA and 1.33 WHIP would be a welcome addition to the Phillies bullpen if he could replicate those numbers. The former 1st round pick is better suited facing same-handed batters, as he's held lefties to a .225/.626 line over the course of his career. He's been signed to a minor league contract with a March 26th opt out date if he's not added to the 40-man roster by that time.

Daniel Nava - 33 year old switch-hitting outfielder of 6 MLB seasons. He hasn't been worth a damn since 2014, but there's always a chance for a rebound, and the risk is merely a minor league contract. A career .262/.727 batter over 509 games. Worth noting - he also has experience at 1st base. Side note-  I don't foresee Nava making the team. It makes more sense to give playing time to Altherr and Quinn, who are young with upside. However, having Nava stashed away in Triple-A helping mentor up-and-comers Nick Williams and Dylan Cozens would be nice.

Potential 25-Man Roster:
SP1 - Jeremy Hellickson
SP2 - Jerad Eickhoff
SP3 - Aaron Nola
SP4 - Vince Velasquez
SP5 - Alec Asher, Zach Eflin, Adam Morgan, or Jake Thompson

CL - Hector Neris
RP - Joaquin Benoit
RP - Pat Neshek
RP - Edubray Ramos
RP - Jeanmar Gomez
RP - Joely Rodriguez
RP - Luis Garcia, Severino Gonzalez, David Rollins, or Sean Burnett

1. Cesar Hernandez/2B
2. Howie Kendrick/LF
3. Odubel Herrera/CF
4. Maikel Franco/3B
5. Tommy Joseph/1B
6. Cameron Rupp/C
7. Freddy Galvis/SS
8. Roman Quinn/Aaaron Altherr/RF

C - Andrew Knapp or Jorge Alfaro
UTL - Jesmuel Valentin
*Two more wide open bench spots

I think Klentak could add a utility infielder and veteran outfielder on MLB deals and risk losing Phil Klein, Luis Garcia, or Severino Gonzalez on waivers in order to create room on the 40-man roster. I would also consider trading Gomez if anyone would be willing to take him. Possible targets - Andres Blanco/UTL, Chris Coghlan/UTL/OF, Franklin Gutierrez/OF, Kelly Johnson/UTL/OF, Michael Bourn/OF, Desmond Jennings/OF, Nolan Reimold/OF, Stephen Drew/UTL, Adam Rosales/UTL, and Gregorio Petit/UTL. Highlighted = Best Options.


Bob D said...

I see some minor league signings notably a catcher and infield help yet to come. Valentine may end up on team as he can play 2B, and have Hernandez or Galvis move around when they need to use him. I feel he has 60% chance to make team out of spring training and they may have enough roster spot for a 2nd utility infielder.
Knapp has a 70% chance to make team out of spring training but I expect some competition will be brought in on a minor league deal.
Herrera will stay in CF with Cozens, Williams and Quinn given chances at some point during the year to claim a spot in OF. If they can claim the starting spots during the year that would push Kendrick to 2B or to trade.

rslitman said...

Daniel Nava - How can Phillies fans forget his major league debut, his first major league at-bat, in fact?

GM-Carson said...

I just read on another site a trade proposal of Andrew Knapp and Edubray Ramos for 1 season of the over-hyped Jay Bruce.

No f'n way!

Ramos has the potential to become an elite setup man. Knapp looks like a capable backup catcher at the very least.

Bruce is terrible on defense, swings and misses far too much, and is highly inconsistent.

Terrible trade. I want no part of Bruce unless it's something like Adam Morgan and Luis Garcia for him.

I'd throw a 1 year $25M offer to Jose Bautista and see if he bites.

ripjgarcia said...

interesting how this bullpen goes from horrible to pretty damn decent in the course of an offseason.

Bob D said...

For any 40 man roster addition someone will need to be designated for assignment or just cut altogether. In order of most likely: Luis Garcia (never got Sept call up), Phil Klien, Severino Gonzalez, and maybe Adam Morgan (I highly doubt). The other option is a trade of someone to create roster room but, of all of the other pitchers, catchers, infielders, and outfielders I cannot foresee Klentak just cutting them loose for nothing in return.
I don't think they have enough outfielders on the roster right now that have a legitimate shot to make the team right out of spring training. They have Altherr, Herrera, and Kendrick as locks with maybe Goeddel and Quinn with a shot despite my belief they may need more time in AAA. So I could see either a few more OF'ers on minor league deals with spring invites or 1 on a major league deal at the cost of Luis Garcia's roster spot. The extra OF'ers would have to profile as a back up type, Shane Victorino could even be brought back on a minor league deal as such.
There could be a roster crunch when spring training is done which would force a trade or two.

GM-Carson said...

Andres Blanco brought back on a 1 year deal ($3M).

They needed a utility infielder, and Blanco plays the role well, plus he's a familiar face and a good presence in the clubhouse.

The Phils roster is nearly complete.

GM-Carson said...

Blanco signed, David Rollins designated for assignment. Hopefully he slips through waivers like Mike Mariot did and is assigned to the minors.

Richie Shaffer claimed off waivers, while Phil Klein has been exposed to them. He might sneak through as well and remain with the organization.

GM-Carson said...

Nevermind, Klein is heading to Asia to pitch. Good luck.

Bob D said...

Wow, I thought Blanco was headed elsewhere with the recent moves