The Philadelphia Phillies have elite starters at the top of their rotation with Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. Depending on how the season goes, Lee might not be around too long. But for now those two are in place and the Phillies would reportedly like to add some help for them in the back of the rotation.
From Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
Rival exec says #Phillies want starting pitcher. Probably always is the case, as it is for most clubs. But market thin, team at $$$ limit.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 22, 2014
To piggyback on Rosenthal’s point, the Phillies have no resources whatsoever to acquire pitching, as the cupboard in the farm system is bare as well.
There has not been much good news out of Philadelphia this off-season. First there was (and continues to be) the reported friction between longtime shortstop Jimmy Rollins and manager Ryne Sandberg. Then the team had to sterilize their clubhouse after Freddy Galvis left the team with a MRSA infection. Yikes.
I suppose if they did find a way to pull one out of their hats here and land a starting pitcher it would be a pleasant surprise in the midst of what has otherwise been a disastrous few months.
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