Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 2/1/12
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’ future plans and that was the extent of the explanation he received. The Real Reason: Lidge has lost the speed on his fastball and is almost guaranteed to get hurt ...
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