Phillies Don’t Expect To Add Pitching

GM Ruben Amaro Jr. explained to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Phillies aren’t optimistic about acquiring pitching help before the end of the month. Last year, the Phillies acquired Cliff Lee, but Amaro doesn’t know if he will be able to add an impact arm in 2010.

“Do we have to have another pitcher? No,” he said. “Would I like to add some pitching? Yeah. I think we need to get healthy. I think we're getting closer."

Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson and J.A. Happ are no longer on the DL, but the Phillies could use help behind Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels. Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton have been shaky in recent starts and Kyle Kendrick is no sure thing.

Last year this time, the Phillies signed Pedro Martinez, but a reunion seems unlikely, since Pedro has yet to throw off of a mound. There are plenty of starters for Amaro and the Phillies front office to consider, depending on how much they’re willing to spend and which prospects they’re willing to give up. The club could also add a reliever in an attempt to make up the 5.5 game gap between them and the Braves.


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31 Comments on "Phillies Don’t Expect To Add Pitching"


John Gyna
5 years 1 month ago

You can’t go by what this guy says. He’s sly. Before they got Halladay “there was no way they were getting Halladay”. And a week later, he was a Phil. It’s good to not lay your cards on the table, but I wouldn’t believe a public statement. If he can, he will…or so it seems.

bbxxj
5 years 1 month ago

They are obviously hot after Brett Myers.

But seriously, if there wasn’t a history there he would be a nice fit.

das411
5 years 1 month ago

Hey Ruben, here’s a solution: DON’T LET BRETT MYERS LEAVE FOR NOTHING! and you could also not have traded Carlos Carrasco, Cliff Lee *and* Kyle Drabek just to get Halladay…that might, just might, have left you with some arms this season…

5 years 1 month ago

I’ll believe it when I see it. This is the same guy who said his team had absolutely no interest in Roy Halladay a few days before trading for him.

gigantes2425
5 years 1 month ago

the phillies would have to be idiots not to add an arm. they don’t seem to be idiots at all.

johnnyboy233
5 years 1 month ago

you guys need to relax.. carrasco is a clown and so is drabek.. i’ll believe them being major league pitchers when they actually do something

5 years 1 month ago

I’ll give you Carrasco is a clown. But I guess you missed Drabek’s no-hitter a couple of weeks ago? He’s legit.

theydizneyboy
5 years 1 month ago

You cannot believe anything this guy says. Deception is one of his key traits– in fact, you should deeply believe in the opposite of what he says.My translation: “Do we have to have another pitcher? Absolutely we do.”

5 years 1 month ago

As a fan if you ever believe any GM and what they say, then your a fool. They are definitely getting an arm because they have had scouts following Haren Oswalt and Sheets. If they don’t make a move this team is dead.

5 years 1 month ago

J.A. Happ is probably being shut down for the year, regardless if he’s off the DL. He’s not healthy at all.

jerseyphanatic
5 years 1 month ago

Where did you get this info??? That has not been reported anywhere or even rumored. While he may not be healthy enough to be the #3 we thought we had in the playoffs, he can still contribute for the remained of the season.

MJFlint
5 years 1 month ago

I have heard the beat writers and radio talking heads say the same thing. If Happ were completely healthy, they would not have sent him down.

MJFlint
5 years 1 month ago

I have heard the beat writers and radio talking heads say the same thing. If Happ were completely healthy, they would not have sent him down.

5 years 1 month ago

Amaro sucks

juice587
5 years 1 month ago

If I were the Phils I would trade Victorino or Werth for major league ready prospects or young players as well as getting Haren. Stock up for next year. This team just doesn’t have it this year.

5 years 1 month ago

if you have not noticed the standing recently? with this team only being 5.5 out and getting healthy how can you make that conclusion right now. if this team falls out of the race, which i highly doubt, i could understand throwing in the towel and trading werth but not now. remember this is the team that was out 7 games with 17 to play and won the division. there are a lot of games left with the braves and mets.

juice587
5 years 1 month ago

You’re right- I’ve been trying to be optimistic about this season but it’s just the feeling I get when I watch them, like they’re complacent or not playing with any attitude…The two seasons before and even in ’07 I felt like there was more fight in them and I didn’t get as frustrated watching them. Maybe my expectations were too high this year, but I feel this team is way too talented to be getting outplayed by the likes of the Pirates and the Cubs. I just don’t get how the team lets themselves get embarrassed like that. As much as I try I just can’t get over the Cliff Lee trade. I think that’s what fuels a lot of it.

juice587
5 years 1 month ago

Still feel this team has a prayer??

5 years 1 month ago

if you have not noticed the standing recently? with this team only being 5.5 out and getting healthy how can you make that conclusion right now. if this team falls out of the race, which i highly doubt, i could understand throwing in the towel and trading werth but not now. remember this is the team that was out 7 games with 17 to play and won the division. there are a lot of games left with the braves and mets.

5 years 1 month ago

Based on the prospects Amaro got for Lee, I don’t know if I want him trading for prospects period.

juice587
5 years 1 month ago

You’re probably right- I would just hate to see the season go down the tubes and Werth walks and getting nothing for him

juice587
5 years 1 month ago

You’re probably right- I would just hate to see the season go down the tubes and Werth walks and getting nothing for him

5 years 1 month ago

Based on the prospects Amaro got for Lee, I don’t know if I want him trading for prospects period.

tooch2112
5 years 1 month ago

Stupid Ibanez contract, he better start contributing if we cant get rid of him. By that I mean he better start DOING WORK cause no one wants him.

tooch2112
5 years 1 month ago

Stupid Ibanez contract, he better start contributing if we cant get rid of him. By that I mean he better start DOING WORK cause no one wants him.

5 years 1 month ago

Halladay being on the block had nothing to do with what Ruben Amaro was saying, and as John Gyna notes, he absolutely did say that there was no way the Phillys [sic] were getting Halladay.

5 years 1 month ago

actually they do have a LH with a great track record who chews up innings and maintains a good ERA with a favorable contract. His name is Cole Hamels.

5 years 1 month ago

What was actually happening and what was being told to the media are two different things. You can even go back to old posts on this site to verify that. I never said that talks weren’t happening, but that Amaro was posturing to the media.

tooch2112
5 years 1 month ago

A 2009 J.A. Happ would be nice.

tooch2112
5 years 1 month ago

A 2009 J.A. Happ would be nice.

5 years 1 month ago

You’re right. I wouldn’t go by an opinion of someone who doesn’t even know how to spell “PHILLIES” anyway.