When Tom Gordon injured his shoulder last August, the Phillies knew they needed to revamp their bullpen. Over the winter, the Phillies said their main goal for 2007 was to improve their relief pitching.
When spring training started, the Phillies knew they had to add to their bullpen. All during spring camp the bullpen struggled. When the season began, the Phillies bullpen lost two of the first four games.
Well, Gillick finially did something.
He added 26 year old Francisco Rosario who last season with the Blue Jays was a whopping 1-2 with a 6.65 ERA in 17 games. Over eight seasons in the minors Rosario was 20-26 with a 3.38 in 148 games with 478 strikeouts. The Phillies bought the righthander for $100,000.
The Phillies also signed free agent righthander Rick Bauer to a minor league contract. Bauer, 30, went 3-1 last season with the Rangers with two saves and a 3.55 ERA in 58 games. In spring training, Bauer had a 15.63 ERA in 16 and a third innings, allowing 19 hits, 15 runs, four home runs and four walks.
Moreover, Gillick said the Phillies might look at righthander Dustin Hermanson, recently released by Cincinnati. Hermanson didn't play much last season because of back problems.
At least Gillick is talking...and hopefully, he knows something about these pitchers that nobody else does. Maybe Rosario will become the fireballer closer the team desperately needs now and in the near future.
Hopefully, Gillick's moves for the pen won't turn out to be bull.