Phillies to Add Third Basemen?

12 11 2008

Would Garrett Atkins be an upgrade for the Phillies ?

Would Garrett Atkins be an upgrade for the Phillies ?

By Mike Gill

Could the Phillies be in the market for a new third basemen ?

According to a Jack Etkin report in the Rocky Mountain News, the Phillies are one of the teams interested in Rockies third basemen Garrett Atkins.  Atkins is a sub-par fielder and hasn’t hit much outside of the friendly confines of Coors Field.

So would you take a chance on a guy who hit .286 with 21 homers and 99 RBI during the 2008 season?  Consider – Atkins hit just .233 on the road this season, .257 in 2007 and hit just .238 during the 2005 campaign. 

The next question is, what would happen to Pedro Feliz ?  While his bat wasn’t much of an impact (he did drive in the game-winning hit in the World Series) his glove-work at the hot corner was gold glove worthy.  Atkins would be a big downgrade, fielding the position. 

The next question is can he play left-field ?  One could argue his run production is similar to Burrell and a much cheaper price.  Burrell is also mediocre at best in left-field, so I would assume Atkins at 28-years old can figure out how to get under a fly-ball. 

Any deal involving Atkins could be complicated.  The Rockies just dealt Matt Holliday to the A’s, but are also looking to dump catcher Yorvit Torrealba and outfielder Willy Tavaras on any team that is interested in Atkins.   Now would the Phillies be interested in dealing for another catcher to block the progress of Lou Marson and a center-fielder with zero power? 

Unlikely, I don’t see this deal helping or happening.

Year Ag Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
+————–+—+—-+—-+—-+—+–+—+—-+—+–+—+-
2003 23 COL NL 25 69 6 11 2 0 0 4 0 0 3 14 .159
2004 24 COL NL 15 28 3 10 2 0 1 8 0 0 4 3 .357
2005 25 COL NL 138 519 62 149 31 1 13 89 0 2 45 72 .287
2006 26 COL NL 157 602 117 198 48 1 29 120 4 0 79 76 .329
2007 27 COL NL 157 605 83 182 35 1 25 111 3 1 67 96 .301
2008 28 COL NL 155 611 86 175 32 3 21 99 1 1 40 100 .286
+————–+—+—-+—-+—-+—+–+—+—-+—+–+—+–
6 Seasons 647 2434 357 725 150 6 89 431 8 4 238 361 .298

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