Phillies add pitching depth while an interesting bench possibility emerges

Phils include pitching depth; fascinating bench possibility emerges initially appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Catcher J.T. Realmuto’s offer is done. The offers for shortstop Didi Gregorius and left-handed starter Matt Moore are being settled and will be revealed quickly.

So what’s next for the Phillies?

“Pitching continues to be something that’s a focus not only with guys on the big-league roster but non-roster invitees that we like, that we think may have a chance to help us, particularly in the bullpen,” Dave Dombrowski, the group’s president of baseball ops, stated Monday. “And we also continue to look at our bench.”

Dombrowski did not wait long to include some non-roster pitching prospects. On Tuesday, the club revealed minor-league offers with 3 right-handers, Bryan Mitchell, Hector Rondon and David Paulino. All will get an appearance in big-league spring training, which is arranged to start in 2 weeks in Clearwater.

Mitchell, Rondon and Paulino all have actually pitched in the majors. Of the trio, Rondon may be the most fascinating. He has actually pitched for the Cubs, Astros and Diamondbacks in an eight-year profession and sports a 3.49 AGE in 444 video games. Rondon had a hard time with Arizona last season, quiting 25 hits and 18 runs in 20 innings, however he did set out 10.4 batters per 9 innings.

When it comes to the bench, a fascinating name has actually become a possibility. According to major-league sources, the Phils have actually revealed some interest in experienced energy guy Marwin Gonzalez. 

Gonzalez, who turns 32 in March, has actually appeared at every position on the diamond other than catcher and pitcher over a nine-year profession. From 2015 to 2019, he struck .269 with a .765 OPS while balancing 484 plate looks, 24 doubles, 16 homers and 60 RBIs for Houston and Minnesota.

The Phillies have 2 unclear areas in their daily 8 – 2nd base and center field. When everything cleans, Jean Segura, unless he’s traded, might be the routine 2nd baseman with Scott Kingery moving into a super-utility function or getting time in center field. The Phils likewise have Adam Haseley and Roman Quinn efficient in playing center field and there’s a possibility that Odubel Herrera will be welcomed to big-league camp and contend for the job. All of this might affect the makeup of the Phils’ bench. 

However, Gonzalez stays a fascinating possibility due to the fact that he can switch-hit and he’s played thoroughly in the beginning base, a position where the Phils do not have a genuine backup to Rhys Hoskins. Realmuto and Alec Bohm can both play the position, however, naturally, they are required somewhere else.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.