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At ESPN, I discussed the implications of the latest setback in Cole Hamels’ quest to return from his arm injury, and discussed a few of the internal options that the Phillies could call upon to pitch in his stead.
There’s also this:
Phillies now inquiring about Ervin Santana
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) March 7, 2014
Update: And this…
The Phillies have not inquired about Ervin Santana, a team source said, refuting an earlier report.
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) March 7, 2014
I joined Toby Hyde and Rob Brender on the Mostly Mets Podcast to preview the Phillies in the upcoming season. We talked about the Phillies’ aging roster, their lack of starting pitching depth, and their payroll situation, among other topics. I join the group around the 14:35 mark.
Bad news. Cole Hamels suffered a setback in his recovery from tendonitis in his left shoulder. Via Chris Branch on Twitter:
Recently, GM Ruben Amaro was on MLB Network Radio talking about the Phillies as they start spring training. Among other topics, Amaro discussed the team’s age and their starting pitching depth. In particular, he credited the team’s new analytics department for the signing of starter Roberto Hernandez.
The full quote can be read after the jump:
It’s no secret that the 2013 Phillies outfield situation was less than ideal, to put it kindly. The total production the Phillies received from the outfield positions on the season was tied with the Astros and Twins for worst in the majors according to fWAR. Hindered by injuries to Brown and Revere and the complete lack of a legitimate third starting option, subpar bench pieces received a crippling amount of playing time. Laynce Nix, Roger Bernadina, Michael Martinez and Casper Wells combined for 285 plate appearances and an astoundingly horrendous slash line: .169/.218/.255 .472 OPS. As a point of comparison, Cole Hamels has put up a .506 OPS over the past two seasons. Suffice it to say that the lack of outfield depth was a costly weakness for the Phillies and, to Ruben Amaro’s credit, attempts have been made this winter to avoid such a catastrophic showing in 2014. Exit Nix, Bernadina, Martinez, Wells, and Delmon Young. Enter Marlon Byrd, Bobby Abreu, Tony Gwynn, Jr. and Clete Thomas. But will the changes made this offseason be enough to reverse the outfield woes?