4. Philadelphia Phillies
More than a century in the majors and exactly one world championship.
No wonder Philly fans often feel like they just went the distance with
Apollo Creed. But at least Veterans Stadium and Larry Bowa are gone.
A trade may be the best thing for Michaels’ career, and from the
Phillies standpoint, he's a very attractive chip because of 2005 and
the small size of this contract. One team that may have interest is
Boston, who is without a proven center fielder since the departure of
Johnny Damon. Michaels’ name has surfaced in several rumors this
winter, including a deal with Baltimore and one with San Diego, but
those teams have since addressed their outfield needs.
Also in the news yesterday were some encouraging quotes from new GM Pat Gillick.
"The team we have, we're going to be competitive," Gillick said Tuesday
as the team continued its winter tour with a stop at Citizens Bank
Park. "Are we going to win the division? No. We have to improve."
At least he isn't kidding himself like Ed Wade used to do. Gillick knows that the Phillies are a solid team, but there is still work to be done. The top of the rotation needs some bolstering.