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Pete Orr was a minor league free agent who broke camp with the Phillies for 2011
The depth does not necessarily have to take place at the major league level, but adding some possible major league-ready players to the organization is key. These types of players usually fill out the Triple-A lineup but are adequate ball players.
It may be an afterthought, but it can go a long way in helping a team. Look at Wilson Valdez's 2010 season as an example of where this becomes useful. These players are good pieces to turn to in the case of a short-term injury, a need for extra depth on the 25-man roster when the schedule dictates or filling in for bereavement-type cases.
Who knows? Maybe they find a niche when given a shot and become valuable pieces.
Remember, Howard is coming off a very serious injury, Placido Polanco is recovering from double hernia surgery, Shane Victorino has spent five stints on the DL the past five seasons and Chase Utley is dealing with a chronic knee injury.
Looking at the current group, it could use a few more bats and maybe an arm or two. They brought back Dave Bush, but a need for another potential starter or long man could become exigent should Kyle Kendrick need to step into the rotation for an extended period of time. Guys they've used in the past, such as Rodrigo Lopez and those type of league veterans, will suffice.
Aside from signing them as free agents, a good place to look would be non-tendered players or those placed on waivers. Greg Dobbs is a former waiver pickup.
Again, these players are just for depth, just in case anything happens like it did to the 2010 infield.
This is something they can collect throughout the offseason, but do not neglect it.