Report: “Phils Looking Everywhere For Starters”

29 05 2009

Is there a prominent starting pitcher in the July shoppers’ catalogue that the Phillies haven’t looked into? Clubs all over baseball report that the Phillies are, as one exec put it, “looking everywhere for starters.” And for once, he said, “they’ve got pieces to give” to get one.

The list of pitchers they’ve called on, from what we’ve heard, includes every conceivable usual suspect: Oswalt, Peavy, Brandon Webb, Roy Halladay, Doug Davis, Erik Bedard, Cliff Lee, Aaron Harang, Brad Penny, Chris Young and Jason Marquis.

But which Phillies prospects are clubs targeting? The group we’re hearing starts with three Triple-A names the Phillies have balked at dealing in the past — catcher Lou Marson, infielder Jason Donald and pitcher Carlos Carrasco — plus catcher Travis D’Arnaud, shortstop Freddy Galvis, pitcher Kyle Drabek and outfielder Dominic Brown (all in A-ball).

Then there’s a left-hander who is climbing everybody’s charts, Antonio Bastardo, who has a 50-9 strikeout-walk ratio between Double-A and Triple-A. The Phillies dangled Bastardo in July for Rockies reliever Brian Fuentes. But a year later, he is actually drawing some Johan Santana comparisons, and might have passed Carrasco as their No. 1 pitching prospect.

Article by Jayson Stark – Click here for full article

PCPTAKE: I love that they’re taking an active approach to improving their starting rotation and now that Brett Myers may be out, Amaro could be look for two starters. Of the names mentioned that teams are interested in, I’d like to keep Antonio Bastardo, Lou Marson, and Dominic Brown. From the list that Stark mentioned, here are the guys I’d like to see them go after – Peavy, Brandon Webb, Roy Halladay, Erik Bedard, Aaron Harang, and Chris Young. And these are the guys I wouldn’t give a nickel for: Oswalt, Doug Davis, Cliff Lee, Brad Penny, Jason Marquis.

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