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The Philadelphia Phillies sign Brad Wilkerson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 23 February 2010 at 4:54 pm

The Phillies have signed 32-year old lefty swinging OF/1B Brad Wilkerson to a minor league deal. Wilkerson only played in 2 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 1 for 9 (.111 avg, .311 OPS). Wilkerson last played in the majors in 2008 with the Mariners and Blue Jays. He has now played in 972 games in his major league career and he is 788 for 3,187 (.247 avg, .790 OPS) with 500 runs scored, 122 homers, 399 RBIs and 53 stolen bases. Wilkerson has whiffed 947 times in his major league career so don’t look for him to hit much better than .250 in the event that the Phillies give him a call to the show at some point in 2010. I still like this signing for the Phillies as they have nothing to lose in giving him a shot this spring.

The Philadelphia Phillies will have a new look at the hot corner in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 20 February 2010 at 11:01 am

34-year old righty swinging Placido Polanco was signed during the winter to take over as the starting 3B for the Phillies in 2010. Polanco played in 153 games for the Tigers last season and he was 176 for 618 (.285 avg, .727 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 10 homers, 72 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Polanco will be a nice improvement offensively over Pedro Feliz for the Phillies in 2010. Polanco only made 2 errors in 151 games at 2B for the Tigers last season and he showed great range. He should be a asset for the Phillies defensively also in 2010.

31-year old lefty swinging Greg Dobbs will backup Polanco in 2010. Dobbs played in 97 games for the Phillies last season and he was 38 for 154 (.247 avg, .679 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 5 homers and 20 RBIs. The Phillies are hoping that Dobbs rebounds from last season and hits his career norms of a .271 batting average with a .741 OPS. Dobbs played in 16 error-free games at 3B for the Phillies last season while showing pretty good range.

37-year old righty swinging Juan Castro will also likely get some P.T. at 3B for the Phillies in 2010. He played in 8 games at 3B for the Dodgers last season and he didn’t make any errors there while showing good range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2010: B

The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping for a bounceback season out of Jimmy Rollins in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 20 February 2010 at 10:50 am

31-year old switch hitting Jimmy Rollins played in 155 games for the Phillies last season and he was 168 for 672 (.250 avg, .719 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 21 homers, 77 RBIs and 31 stolen bases. The Phillies are hoping that Rollins hits up to his career norms of a .274 batting average with a .768 OPS. Rollins only made 6 errors in 155 games at SS last season for the Phillies but he showed poor range. The Phillies need Rollins focused all year long both in the field and at bat in 2010.

37-year old righty swinging Juan Castro will backup Rollins at short in 2010. He played in 57 games for the Dodgers last season and he was 31 for 112 (.277 avg, .650 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs. Castro only made 1 error in 28 games at SS for the Dodgers last season but he showed pretty pathetic range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2010: B

Chase Utley is in line to have a great 2010 season for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 6 February 2010 at 11:18 am

Last season 31-year old lefty swinging Chase Utley came into spring training with a bad hip but this year he is healthy and that bodes well for both him and the Phillies. Utley played in 156 games for the Phillies last season and he was 161 for 571 (.282 avg, .905 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 31 homers, 93 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. I look for him to top those numbers in 2010. In his five years as a full-time starter, Utley is averaging 110.6 runs scored, 29.2 homers, 101.4 RBIs and 15.4 stolen bases per year! Utley made 12 errors in 155 games at 2B for the Phillies but he showed good range. Basically, Chase Utley is the best 2B on the planet Earth right now.

37-year old righty swinging Juan Castro will backup Utley this season. He played in 20 games for the Dodgers at 2B last season and he made 2 errors while showing good range. Castro is not much of a hitter though so the Phillies can’t afford to be without Utley this season.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2B IN 2010: A+

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Oscar Villarreal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 4 February 2010 at 11:15 am

The Phillies have signed 28-year old righty reliever Oscar Villarreal to a minor league deal. He last pitched in the majors in 2008 with the Astros. Villarreal has pitched in 258 games (5 starts) in his major league career and he is 24-15 with 1 save, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. It never hurts to give a guy who has had success in the majors a chance in spring training so I like this move for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Luis Maza

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 3 February 2010 at 4:13 pm

The Phillies have signed 29-year old righty swinging 2B/SS/3B Luis Maza to a minor league deal. He played in 100 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 98 for 327 (.300 avg, .768 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 5 homers and 44 RBIs. Maza has also played in 45 games in his major league career and he is 18 for 79 (.228 avg, .561 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. The Phillies will likely stash Maza in AAA and promote him if the need arises.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Freddy Guzman

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 2 February 2010 at 11:07 pm

The Phillies have signed 29-year old switch-hitting outfielder Freddy Guzman to a minor league deal. Guzman played in 10 games for the Yankees last season and he was 1 for 6 (.167 avg, .310 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 4 stolen bases. He also played in 101 games in AAA-ball last year in which he was 78 for 350 (.223 avg, .567 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 2 homers, 17 RBIs and 45 stolen bases. Guzman has now played in 47 games in his major league career and he is 20 for 95 (.211 avg, .529 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 1 homer, 7 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. The Phillies will stash Guzman in AAA and call him up if they need a speedy runner/late game defensive replacement.

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