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Thursday, February 14, 2008
It's Valentines Day and the Phillies that will be one of the main ingredients to a winning season are reporting to Spring Training today. The though of Spring Training brings a new sense of hope and optimism to every major league team out there. The Phillies have a title to defend and the Mets have raised the bar again, with what on paper looks to be great moves.
The Phillies haven't made all that many moves in the offseason. A tweak here, and a tweak there but nothing that really makes you say .. "mmmmmmm." The pitching staff was the area that the Phillies needed to do the most with. They didn't land any real big fish, but they got Brad Lidge who was coming off a somewhat of a tough season in Houston. Lidge's numbers last year 5-3 with a 3.36 era. Lidge is an all-star and the most important acquisition of the offseason by the Fightins. He has postseason experience should help to solidify the bullpen, and freeing up Brett Myers to get back into the rotation and give Hamels a run for his money as the ace of the Phillies staff.
The Phillies just acquired Kris Benson who is trying to bounce back from injury and get back into a starting rotation. The deal is for a minor league contract at the moment. Benson was supposed to be a superstar, he got on a couple bad teams and still posted good numbers. The wrap on him is that his wife tries to steal some of his thunder and by her picture we posted here on the blog you can see why! Welcome aboard Anna and Kris.
Happy Valentines, and welcome back Phils to Spring Training!
Rich Baxter / Fightin' Phils 2008 Audio Blog