Ruben Amaro Calls the Sports Bash, Talks Platoons & More
No, Ruben Amaro isn't trying to peddle the idea that double platoons in right and left field are an ideal situation. In an interview with 97.3 ESPN Tuesday, one day after it was reported that the Phillies GM said "we're going with what we've got" with his corner outfield spots -- depending on the day/starting pitcher's throwing arm, any two of Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf, John Mayberry and Laynce Nix -- Amaro acknowledged the risk in play.
(Listen to Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr on the Sports Bash):
"I'm just as curious as everybody else," he said. "Obviously we don't have a whole lot -- other than Ben Revere being a young centerfielder. We don't have proven, everyday guys out there."
Brown has in 147 games sprinkled over three seasons hit .236/.315/.388 slash line with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs.
Himself a lefty, Brown, 25, has also hit a putrid .208/.284/.302 in his career against lefties, and has struggled to stay healthy.
Ruf, 26, who broke the Double-A home run record with 39 bombs en route to an Eastern League MVP in 2012, is difficult to project.
His is a right-handed bat, but never in the history of the game has a 26-year-old rookie hit 30 or more home runs in his debut season.
Amaro said he's intrigued by his young players' upside.
"Potentially, they could be," he said. "I'm curious to see how guys step up and handle the competition that could be created there."
Amaro didn't rule out the possibility of making another move.
The Phillies have been linked to free agent Scott Hairston and trade targets Vernon Wells (Angels) and Alfonso Soriano (Cubs).
Earlier in the interview, when asked about the feasibility of dialing up a division rival -- like, say, Washington, which after signing Adam LaRoche to a two-year deal has no more need for Michael Morse -- for a trade, Amaro called the prospect "a little unwieldy."
He wasn't specifically asked about Morse, 30, a righty.
"We are looking to try and fill a corner spot if we can," said Amaro. "But if we don't we're going to have good old fashioned competition, which isn't the worst thing in the world.
"It'll be interesting to see," he said. "One of the ways to get younger is to giving young players the opportunity to battle, fight for jobs."
Spring training for the Phillies opens Feb. 12.