Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, January 01, 2013 03:41 PM Comments: 7
With healthy discussion surrounding whether or not Domonic Brown and/or Darin Ruf can be everyday Major Leaguers and, in turn, whether the Phillies should seek more outfield help, many, including myself, have noted that the Phillies outfield picture is incredibly heavy in quantity but low on quality. The Phillies, assuming Brown and Ruf are on the 25-man roster, sit with six outfielders on their roster; barring John Mayberry being traded or designated for assignment, Laynce Nix being cut, Ender Inciarte being offered back to Arizona, or Ruf starting the year in Triple-A, there is very little wiggle room.
While there is a plethora of options, none of those options are particularly appealing to the Phillies. After all, Mayberry does hit lefties well, cutting Nix would be the equivalent of burning $1.35 million in a barrel, the last Rule-5 pick the Phillies tried to return was Shane Victorino and after sticking by Michael Martinez, they’ll likely keep Inciarte around, and Ruf, at age 26, is suddenly at an unexpected but pretty exciting “put up or shut up” moment. Continue reading A Quick Blurb About Jermaine Mitchell