Third Base...Not that Important!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 ·

If you thought the Phillies would attempt to sign a good or even an average third baseman, don't count on it. However, this is not because the Phillies are not looking to spend money, but they are looking to spend money on pitching. I'd expect us also to look to re-sign Abraham Nunez, a deal I'd be okay with because he is very good defensively.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, the Phillies have not placed a premium on bolstering the third base position this winter. Instead, general manager told reporters from the General Manager meetings in Orlando that he has a bigger fish to fry:

"Because we're going to concentrate on improving our pitching," Gillick told the Inquirer.

According to reports, this winter's free-agent crop of third basemen includes Alex Rodriguez and Mike Lowell. Potential trade candidates include Miguel Cabrera, Garrett Atkins, Hank Blalock, Adrian Beltre, Miguel Tejada and Joe Crede. But Gillick said he believes the Phillies can make it through the season with Wes Helms and Greg Dobbs at third with the thought of adding a defensive specialist to come into games during the late innings.

As far as the pitching goes, the Phillies' reported priority remains to re-sign reliever J.C. Romero.

Source: Comcast SportsNet

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