Ruben Amaro: Phillies ‘Going With What We’ve Got’
Any expectations you may have had about the Phillies adding another piece this off-season have just died a sudden death.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr.is apparently not interested in making a big splash before the 2013 season begins (pitchers and catchers report in about a month). He says financial restraints are the primary issue. But is not ruling out the prospect of adding some "low-risk, high-reward type of players."
So it stands now, Domonic Brown, John Mayberry, Laynce Nix, and Darin Ruf will all get a shot at creating an underwhelming platoon of corner outfielders. But Rube came off ever-positive when he spoke to the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb:
"There's some risk in going with a possible double platoon or letting the guys we have battle it out for playing time,"
"There are some advantages to that, as well. The best-man-wins type of scenario can be created and likely will be created in spring training. At the same time, a lot of these guys are not proven everyday major-league players. But that doesn't mean they cannot become them."
For the record, the top outfielder remaining is Michael Bourn. The next-best option is Scott Hairston, another career platooner.
According to Gelb, Amaro isn’t ruling out anything, but sounds pretty comfortable with the idea that this is what the Phillies are going to be in 2013.