Morning Phil Up – 3/20/2014 – Jesse Biddle, pitching depth, and Jimmy Rollins trade scenarios
By Mike Lacy
Jesse Biddle. Image Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Today’s link topics include Jesse Biddle’s taste of big league camp, the team’s pitching depth, and potential trade scenarios for Jimmy Rollins.
Philly.com – Biddle enjoyed a taste of camp
Jesse Biddle might not have had the success he was hoping for during his time in big league camp, but he enjoyed the experience nonetheless. While this is Biddle’s fourth Spring Training, this was the first time he was invited to the major league camp. He said the biggest thing he took away from his time was the approach taken by the veterans. It isn’t clear if Biddle will begin the season in Double A or Triple A, but with last season’s injury issues behind him, he expects to succeed wherever he goes.
Phils Baseball – And the role of Cole Hamels goes to
If the Phillies are to win the World Series in 2014, it will likely be thanks to contributions from guys like Jeff Manship, Sean O’Sullivan, and David Buchanan. Teams rarely get by with only five or six starters in a season, and they’ll usually have to call on pitchers who weren’t necessarily in their plans before the season started. Unfortunately, thanks to injuries to Cole Hamels, Adam Morgan, and Jonathan Pettibone, the Phillies’ depth is already being tested.
CSNPhilly.com – It’s time for the Phillies to kick it into gear
With only eight days left in Florida, the Phillies need to start rounding into in-season form. A few players appear to be ready for the season to start, but others – like Roberto Hernandez – appear to have more work left to do. Ryne Sandberg is confident that the hitters who have been struggling so far are going to be fine once the season begins. He thinks that veterans like Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley know what they have to do to get ready.
Bleacher Report – Jimmy Rollins trade scenarios
Jimmy Rollins doesn’t appear to be willing to waive his no-trade clause. But if things went downhill for both him and the team, that could potentially change. If the Phillies did look to trade him, what destinations make the most sense? The New York Mets, Detroit Tigers, and Cincinnati Reds are three of the more likely trade partners.