By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Phillies have said that they’re looking for 3-4 years down the road. Thus, making little sense for them to spend big this off-season.
While they’ve said that, the Phillies should at least consider pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. He became a free agent after turning down a huge qualifying offer from the Washington Nationals.
He reportedly turned down $15.8 million to return to Washington, D.C. for the 2016 season. He can sign anywhere now.
Zimmermann had a 13-10 record in the stacked Nationals rotation. He also had a 3.66 ERA and pitched 201 2/3 innings.
That’s better than any of the current Phillies rotation last season. Plus, they do not have an ace going into the season, as they’re expected to have a very young rotation.
The team dealt previous ace Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers before the trade deadline. They’ve also declined an option for another former ace Cliff Lee, who did not pitch this season.
Matt Harrison is a veteran, who was acquired by the team in the Hamels deal. Yet, he’s returning from Tommy John surgery and pitched little in Philadelphia.
He was 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in 16 innings. The left-hander was once a promising pitcher for the Rangers before undergoing the surgery.
He’s the only veteran at the moment in the starting rotation. On November 3rd, former pitcher Aaron Harang elected to become a free agent after having a bad season (6-15 with 4.86 ERA).
New General Manager Matt Klentak has to add a veteran presence. So why not add Zimmerman when he may come at a huge price? He needs to do something and add a veteran.
He could sign a one-or-two-year stop gap before Aaron Nola and Jesse Biddle are able to take over long-term. Nola showed a lot of promise in his starts this season.
He was 6-2 in those starts. Biddle is expected to make his MLB debut in 2016.
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