Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Grady Sizemore Newsbeat

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Phillies have decisions to make heading into ‘15

And John Mayberry Jr. isn’t even mentioned! This team’s problem is too many great options to try out!!

Phils manager Ryne Sandberg said last month he wants to see other players at first base, but Ryan Howard continues to play there almost every day. Sandberg repeatedly said the organization needs to learn more about Darin Ruf, but he has only played him sporadically… The Phillies talk about change, yet there has been little change on the field.

But sources over the past couple of weeks have helped piece together the Phils’ thinking in regards to some of these situations.

Amaro said a few weeks ago he expects Howard to be his Opening Day first baseman in 2015, which might be the case. But if the Phillies have any chance of trading him to an American League team in the offseason, they also know he must play… But what about Ruf, [Grady] Sizemore and Domonic Brown? The Phillies find themselves in a logjam with Howard playing daily at first base. Marlon Byrd could be traded in the offseason, so he will continue to play every day to keep up his value. Ben Revere is hitting well, and the Phils would like to know if the hitter they have seen since late June is the hitter they can expect to see in the future.

That leaves three players for one position.

Despite the fact Sandberg said they don’t know much about Ruf, the organization feels it does. It thinks he could be a platoon player in the future—other teams feel the same—but it also is juggling to see if it can get anything at all from Brown, who is on pace to have the lowest OPS of any qualifying left fielder since 2002, while continuing to evaluate Sizemore.

The Phillies could bring back Sizemore, but that’s far from a sure thing. There could be a situation where the Phils trade Brown and enter next season with Sizemore and Ruf in a platoon in left field. But they stand no chance of bringing back Sizemore if they bench him the rest of the season.

(h/t MLBTR)

The District Attorney Posted: August 21, 2014 at 05:58 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: darin ruf, grady sizemore, phillies, ryan howard

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn)
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: Politics - December 2014: Baseball & Politics Collide in New Thriller
(4367 - 4:31pm, Dec 17)
Last: Rickey! trades in sheep and threats

NewsblogAre Wil Myers' flaws fixable? | FOX Sports
(42 - 4:26pm, Dec 17)
Last: Zach

NewsblogDodgers sign Brett Anderson for $10 million
(38 - 4:25pm, Dec 17)
Last: zonk

NewsblogOrioles agree to one-year deal with LHP Wesley Wright, pending physical, source says
(7 - 4:17pm, Dec 17)
Last: zonk

NewsblogCooperstown vote: The Ron Chimelis ballot
(15 - 4:16pm, Dec 17)
Last: JE (Jason)

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - December 2014
(625 - 4:05pm, Dec 17)
Last: PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth)

NewsblogPitching-deficient Yankees re-sign Chris Capuano
(20 - 3:36pm, Dec 17)
Last: Ron J2

Newsblog"You Are F----d": Breaking down the first-year candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot (Sports Illustrated)
(11 - 3:27pm, Dec 17)
Last: Russ

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-17-2014
(20 - 3:24pm, Dec 17)
Last: Pops Freshenmeyer

NewsblogOT: Soccer December 2014
(290 - 3:16pm, Dec 17)
Last: CWS Keith plans to boo your show at the Apollo

NewsblogIndians sign Gavin Floyd to deal
(7 - 3:16pm, Dec 17)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogL.A. Times: Dodgers designate Brian Wilson for assignment
(29 - 2:42pm, Dec 17)
Last: Jay Z

Hall of Merit2015 Hall of Merit Ballot
(92 - 2:33pm, Dec 17)
Last: Al Peterson

NewsblogPadres Sign Brandon Morrow
(15 - 2:20pm, Dec 17)
Last: Nasty Nate

NewsblogNitkowski: Pirates drive the bus over the Marlins
(39 - 2:10pm, Dec 17)
Last: PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth)

Page rendered in 1.0655 seconds
47 querie(s) executed