Originally posted on Phillies Phollowers:
Over the past several weeks, the Phillies have made a number of off-season moves. Some of them make sense, some of them make a bit less sense. The following is a breakdown of the various Phillies events, the reasoning behind it and my opinion as to the real reason for the move.
Event: The Phillies send Wilson Valdez to the Reds in exchange for a minor league pitcher.
Reason: One can only assume that the Phillies wanted to add pitching depth.
The Real Reason: Having a great back-up for Jimmy Rollins is unnecessary since J-Roll is superman and cannot possibly get injured again, right? Also, Ryan Madson needed the company of an old teammate for his transition to the Reds.
Event: Brad Lidge, left unsigned by the Phillies, goes to the Nationals on a one-year, $1 million deal.
Reason: Lidge was told he was not in the Phillies’…
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