Some odds and ends on this Christmas Eve-like day:
- Steve Kline was designated for assignment.
The Phils were rumored to be trading for him, but it fell through. Now he could be swept up easier. I don’t really love the idea of him, though.
- Aaron Fultz was signed by the Tigers.
A quick summation of that move: The Tigers needed bullpen help. They got a guy who will get lefties out in the 6th inning. See that, Phils?
- Prince Fielder has been offered a multi-year deal by the Brewers.
Ah, hear that, Phils brass? That’s the sound of your biggest slugger smirking with unhappy sarcasm.
- There’s a rumor rumbling that the Phillies are close to trading future considerations for Texas pitcher Robinson Tejeda.
The right-hander was 5-9 with a 6.61 ERA in 19 games last year for the Rangers. As you remember, he started 13 games for the Phils in 2005, going a respectable 4-3 with a nice 3.57 ERA (his WHIP, however, was a more telling 1.377). He was originally dealt to Texas with Jake Blalock for David Dellucci. If this is true, Tejeda would likely be the fifth starter, and Adam Eaton would become mop-up guy.
- Tonight, myself and a few Phillies bloggers will be doing a Phlogger Roundtable.
I’ll have the discussion on PN later tonight.
- Check out a season prognostication, very much like my own, presented by Jason Weitzel at Beerleaguer.
He also has the Phils going 85-77.
- Also, to you readers who want me to be more optimistic, right now I’m more feeling 89 wins. But I’ll stick with 85 for now.
This team tortures me.