Before the inevitable happens and that deal becomes official, I wanted to take a quick look at the other guys who came and went last week. I have to admit, none of these moves are overly exciting to me but I'm hoping that the Phillies powers that be have an inkling of what they're doing and that these moves are the first steps to getting the team back to its winning ways.
Bastardo Traded to the Pirates
On Wednesday, at right around the same time the Rollins deal was going down, the Phillies traded left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo to the Pirates for left-handed pitcher Joely Rodriguez. Bastardo had earned the ire of Phillies fans over the past few years with his inconsistent pitching and ability to come into a crucial relief situation and douse the flames with gasoline.
I only have 18 of Bastardo's cards in my collection, which is odd considering he's been bouncing around with the Phillies since 2009. Such is the fate of a non-closing relief pitcher in today's baseball card world.
Rodriguez is 23 years old and has pitched in the Pirates system since 2009. He pitched for Double-A Altoona last year, going 6-11 with a 4.84 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 134 innings pitched. It doesn't appear as if he's had any mainstream baseball cards to date.
Phillies Select Two in Rule 5 Draft
The Phillies have always been active in the annual Rule 5 draft, and this year's draft was no exception. They first claimed infielder/outfielder Odubel Herrera from the Texas Rangers and shortly after selected pitcher Andy Oliver from the Pirates. Both need to remain on the active roster all season, or be offered back to their former teams.
Herrera is already being mentioned as the team's starting center fielder in 2015, hopefully providing a little more offensive punch than Ben Revere did in 2014. Based on my limited research, Herrera doesn't have any mainstream baseball cards yet.
Oliver has actually seen time in the Majors with the Tigers in 2010 and 2011 and he was traded to the Pirates in late 2012. With Triple-A Indianapolis last season, Oliver pitched 64 innings over 48 games with a 2.53 ERA. He had several Topps baseball cards in 2010, including appearances in Bowman Chrome and Topps Update.