Saturday, November 14, 2015
Return to the Island of Misfit Pitchers (aka Philly)
Today, Jeremy Hellickson, the 2011 AL Rookie of the Year, was traded by the Diamonbacks to the Phillies, freeing up some roster space for the D-Backs, who were lugging along his contract like a diseased mule.
Now, and i mean currently, the Phillies have one of the oddest mixtures of talent swimming around their supposed pitching rotation. Sure, they have actual amazing talents like Aaron Nola, Adam Morgan and Jerad Eickhoff, and those three can definitely lead that rotation. But they also still have people like Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams, who will probably be dealt with later on.
Additionally, they still have Matt Harrison, who was injured last year, but was traded to Philly for (shudder) Cole Hamels. Texas got rid of him because they didn't know what he had left. Again, lucky us.
They also aren't offering anything to Cliff Lee, and we're also assuming they're hanging onto David Buchanan. So, with Hellickson now, that makes a whopping EIGHT pitchers who might be in the rotation next year. i mean, unless they want to give Philippe Aumont another chance.
I highly doubt the Phillies are going to be able to compete next year, but I wish they would decide whether or not they want to be a homegrown team. Because this rotation is swinging between 'homegrown team trying to reestablish itself' and 'last-place team searching for an answer while juggling people who used to be good'. And it's not looking too great.