Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News has a profile of Domonic Brown who broke the heck out in the month of May. His performance so far this year has validated his former status as a top prospect. But it was a coming out that many thought would happen a couple of years ago.
For what I think is the first time, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro acknowledged that maybe the organization’s decisions — and not just his failure to figure things out — had something to do with Brown’s arrested development:
In the midst of Brown’s home run barrage this week, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. acknowledged Brown’s initial call-up and subsequent benching “maybe [was to] the detriment of his development.”
It’s hard to give a kid a shot on a team that is supposed to be contending, and Brown’s injuries always seemed to come at the worst possible time. But yeah, I think maybe Amaro is right here and it’s good to see he acknowledges that mistakes were made.
Now, someone ask him about the Ryan Howard contract …
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Phillies outfielder Nick Williams has been working out daily with free agent starter Jake Arrieta in Austin. The right-hander, who won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award, still remains teamless with spring training less than a month away. Williams has been trying to sell Arrieta on joining the Phillies.
Williams said of Arrieta, “He loves it here [Austin]. He has told me he likes working with young guys. I’m like, ‘All right, come on up.’ But I’m not writing the check. I don’t know what he wants. I don’t really dig into that because I’m not really in his position.”
On GM Matt Klentak’s hunt for pitching help, new manager Gabe Kapler said, “The pursuit is very real. I have a lot of trust that we’ll either go in [to spring training] with a new toy or we will pass on the opportunity because we’re better off giving this collection of pitchers a really healthy look because we thought that we could go acquire that piece a little bit later on this season or in the offseason next year.”
Arrieta, who turns 32 years old in March, went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA and a 163/55 K/BB ratio in 168 1/3 innings last season with the Cubs. The Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers have been linked to Arrieta this month.
Presently, the Phillies’ starting rotation figures to include Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Vince Velasquez along with some combination of Nick Pivetta, Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Mark Leiter, and Jake Thompson. Arrieta would certainly amount to a big upgrade in the starting rotation and could make the Phillies a more attractive landing spot for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, who become free agents after the 2018 campaign. The Phillies are expected to be in the mix for either or both players.