Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Players Who Should Be Replaced This Offseason
With the Phillies cleaning house this past July, there are several players on their current roster who should be replaced this offseason. That is exactly what is going to happen.
Some action has already begun and rumors are flying around Philadelphia. Look for even more Phillies roster moves to happen following the World Series.
If the Phillies want to make a serious run at a World Series title in 2013, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and company are going to have to do a lot of shuffling to their roster. Players will be replaced, released and some will find themselves unsigned by the Phillies this winter.
Here are five Phillies who are going to find themselves replaced in 2013, one way or the other.
John Mayberry: Center Fielder
John Mayberry Jr. has had plenty of opportunities to become an everyday player for the Phillies. Too many, actually. Unfortunately for the Phillies, it just hasn't worked out. Mayberry lacks the tenacity of the everyday players of Phillies past.
Mayberry moved to center field on an everyday basis once Shane Victorino was sent to Los Angeles. There it was made clear the Mayberry was not an everyday major league player.
In 441 at-bats, he hit .245 with 14 home runs and only 46 RBI. Mayberry's OPS was a dreadful .695. He also provided no speed on the bases, stealing only one base all season.
The Phillies excepted more from Mayberry and now will be forced to move on.
Replacing Mayberry in center will be the Phillies' number one priority this offseason, which will move him into the fourth or fifth outfielder role.
Ty Wigginton: Utility Man
Ty Wigginton came to the Phillies this past offseason to provide a right-handed power bat off the bench and provide the Phillies with someone who could play first, third and some outfield.
By the end of the season, the Phillies barely used Wigginton at all. He proved to be a serious liability at third base and in the outfield, thus relegating him to sparing first-base play and the occasional pinch-hit.
Wigginton hit only .235 in 315 at-bats. His OPS was only .688, a career low.
Since the Phillies need to find a more versatile bench player, look for Wigginton will be released in the coming weeks.
Ty is as good as gone in Philadelphia, and Phillies fan won't miss him.
Michael Martinez: Utility Man
Even though Michael Martinez was recently removed from the Phillies' 40-man roster, cleared waivers and was sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, I just couldn't see myself making this list without Mini-Mart.
How many Phillies fans said, "Finally!" once they heard the news? I know I did. Honestly, I can't believe he lasted this long and when no other team claimed him off waivers, it proved just what Major League Baseball thinks about him.
He's simply not a major league player and never will be. On a positive note, this does open a spot on the Phillies' 40-man roster.
Just about anyone will be better than Martinez, but a Frandsen/Galvis combo will most likely take care of most of the utility infield work if one of them is not starting.
The Phillies also have a young second-base prospect in Cesar Hernandez, who finished 2012 in Triple-A. We will get to see some of Hernandez in spring training.
Nate Schierholtz: 5th Outfielder
With Laynce Nix already signed for 2013, the left-handed hitting Nate Schierholtz becomes expendable.
His 2012 was mediocre at best, hitting .257 with six home runs and 21 RBI. Schierholtz does everything at an average level and will have no purpose for the Phillies going into 2013.
The Phillies' outfield is crowded, to say the least. With only Juan Pierre being a certainty to be gone in 2013 and with the addition of Darin Ruf to that mix, there just isn't room for Schierholtz on the 25-man roster.
Also, the Phillies will be looking to bring in an additional outfielder in 2013 through free agency or via trade.
Schierholtz believes he can be an everyday player. San Francisco Giants coach Bruce Bochy never thought he was that type of player and only played him sparingly. Bochy is returning to the World Series again this year, so I'd take his word on Schierholtz.
Schierholtz's days seem to be numbered in Philadelphia, and he will be replaced on the 25-man roster before Opening Day.
B.J. Rosenberg: Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
When Kyle Kendrick moved into the starting rotation when Joe Blanton left for Los Angeles, B.J. Rosenberg moved into the long-man role for the Phillies' bullpen.
Throughout the course of the season, Rosenberg showed brief flashes of excellence with his plus fastball, but he spent most of the season struggling with his control and keeping the ball in the ballpark.
He finished the season with a 6.12 ERA in 25 innings of work. He walked 14 and struck out 24.
Since the Phillies are not 100 percent sure what they are going to get out of Halladay and Worley, who are both coming off of injuries, they are going to need a more consistent arm that can take over the long-man role.
Rosenberg could be used in a trade this offseason, but he will most likely just be replaced and sent back to Triple-A for some polishing.
Tyler Cloyd could possibly fill that void. The Phillies will have to decide if they think he is suited for that role or if they will prefer to send him to Lehigh Valley where he can continue to start every five days.
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