The Philadelphia Phillies have not made any major trades so far this off-season, but Ruben Amaro Jr. has done well in showing much interest in several players, some being total superstars, while others are under the radar.
CF Michael Bourn
The Phillies are in a desperate search for a competent center-fielder, and have been extremely interested in Tampa-Bay veteran B.J Upton, who is great in my standards. Of course, with the Braves just signing him to a five-year deal, that’s out of the question.
But then I am a little nervous when Amaro mentions Michael Bourn. Bourn played for the Atlanta Braves the past year, hitting for a .272 average. This is decent, but I feel like the Phillies need to grab on to someone who can add some energy and a spark to the offense as well.
OF Shane Victorino
After being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers towards the end of last season after playing 7 consecutive years with the Phillies, Shane Victorino is now a free-agent, and is also one of Ruben Amaro’s top interests behind B.J Upton. Victorino hit a mere .261 BA with his time with the Phillies and an even worse .245 with the Dodgers. Victorino has never been a great hitter, only making it in the big leagues because of his gold glove defense, but the past couple years with Shane have been terrible, both at the plate and in the outfield. To bring Shane back to the Phillies would be a mistake, as his poor offense and poor attitude will rub off on the other players.
3B Kevin Youkilis
When it comes to 3rd base, the Phillies have plenty of options. They can use Kevin Frandsen, who hit an astonishing .338 BA last year, or they can make a trade and get somebody else, such as Kevin Youkilis. It bothers me when I hear Ruben Amaro Jr. talking about making a trade for Kevin Youkilis and that’s because, frankly, he’ll only make the team worse.
Kevin hit only a .235 BA as a whole for 2012. With all our options for 3rd base, I believe we should be focusing on players like Eric Chavez and Marco Scutaro rather than Youk.
1B Lance Berkman
Throughout his career Lance Berkman has always been a solid hitter, hitting in the .280s to .300’s zone, but Berkman’s career is starting to wind down. Last season, Berkman was plagued by a variety of injuries, resulting in him playing only 32 games. Because of this, it might be wiser for Ruben Amaro Jr. to let this player go and let him go play DH for an American League team.
If not, Berkman could always be a backup 1st Baseman for Ryan Howard, but because of his past hitting career, Amaro could catch himself in a place where he’s paying way to much for a reserve. Also, 1st base should not be the Phillies priority; Amaro should be worrying more about 3rd and center, instead of 1st.
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