New Faces in 2007

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Front Page by High Heat on Friday 2 February 2007 at 10:13 pm

The Phillies made one major move in the off-season as they traded for Freddy Garcia and they made a few minor moves.  Rod Barajas was brought in to start the majority of the games at catcher this season for the Phillies.  Barajas has averaged 15.7 homers per season over the last three but he won’t have a high average.  Wes Helms was signed to be the Phillies new starting third baseman.  Over the last three season Helms has batted 682 times and has scored 72 runs, had 201 hits, hit 18 homers and knocked in 99 runs.  The Phillies would be thrilled if Helms could put up numbers like that this season for them.  Outfielders Jason Werth and Karim Garcia were brought in to battle for back-up jobs in the outfield.  Werth missed all of last season due to injury and Garcia played in Japan the last two years, but both of these guys have power and could help the Phillies off the bench.  Greg Dobbs also will have a chance to make the Phillies as he has a decent left-handed stick and can play first or third base.  The Phillies also selected Ryan Budde in the Rule 5 Draft but he doesn’t have much of a chance to stick with the Phillies this season.

Freddy Garcia was added in a trade with the White Sox and he should pitch great in the National League.  He was 17-9 last season with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Adam Eaton was also brought in as a free agent by the Phillies and he will join the rotation.  He has had injury problems the last two seasons as he’s only made 35 starts but was 18-9 in those games.  The Phillies signed Antonio Alfonseca to a minor league contract as he was pitching well in Winter Ball.  He will be given a chance to earn a set-up role in the bullpen.  The Phillies also selected two pitchers in the Rule 5 Draft that they will give a chance to make the bullpen.  They are Alfredo Simon and Jim Warden.


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