In the aftermath of yesterday’s draft we ask the inevitable questions. Is help on the way? Can we hang in there that long?
Let us fantasize for a moment.
An infield of Howard, Utley, Rollins and either Mike Costanzo or a third baseman acquired through a trade. Jason Jaramillo catching. Shane Victorino, Aaron Rowand and who knows who else in the outfield. Brett Myers, Cole Hamels, Randy Wolf, Giao Gonzalez, Scott Mathieson and/or Kyle Drabek in the starting rotation, providing a nice balance of left and right-handers. Ryan Madson, Geoff Geary and a few as-yet unknowns in the pen.
That might be a pretty fair team depending on who the set-up guy and closer are. A few of the names above are at least two or three years away, by which time three of the four infielders will all be approaching 30 years of age, the prime of their careers. That third outfielder will be critical, too. The Phils will need more power production from at least one outfield spot.
Conspicuously absent from this list is Gavin Floyd. He pitched a complete-game win last night in his first start at AAA since being sent down, a good sign given the possibility he might have withdrawn further into himself after his demotion. Still, Floyd’s future seems tenuous at best…at least in Philadelphia.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves.