It’s getting thin. Today’s release of Chris Duffy really got me to thinking…
Lehigh Valley Outfielders
*Did not include anyone currently on the DL nor the 3 rookie league teams.
Why would the organization release Chris Duffy if they didn’t have a plan to replace him? Really… the organization is rather thin in outfielders. Especially at AA where they hold 4 on the roster and at AAA where they are down to 2.
Could someone be coming down? I don’t think it will be Brown. We could always see a rehab assignment by Shane Victorino. Could we see Fransico in a Pig uniform soon?
The thought that I can’t get away from is that there are still some deals in the works. Sure the waiverless trade deadline passed today but there still will be deals. Could we be getting some prospects and could those prospects come from a trade involving anyone we know and love on the Phillies roster?
Say for example, and yes I’m tired of hearing this too, Werth is traded. They aren’t going to trade him for anyone to bolster the big league team.. other than maybe a solid closer. Could Lidge and Oswalt’s reunion be short lived? Nothing against Lidge but he needs a change. The same kind of change that helped him further his career after the infamous Pujols home run that demolished Lidge’s time in Houston. Let’s just say the Phillies trade Werth. The organization gets prospects and those prospects include outfielders. To keep those players playing.. well, you make roster spots available.
Now this is just my speculation. The team has their own ideas. To think the Phillies want to trade away Werth is an understatement. There is no doubt they want to keep him but they won’t pay him what he expects to get on the free agent market. I’m sure there will be a mid-field team willing to shell out some cash to obtain him. Werth really hasn’t been playing like he’s in a contract year either.. but that’s a whole different story.
I will post any updates on this as soon as I get them, so stay tuned.. but I would expect to be surprised.