Outfielder Chris Roberson, pictured below, is just one player the Phillies should not be afraid to move.
1. Ricardo Rodriguez
The fruits of a deal that was considered "addition by subtraction," the Phillies subtracted a 3.95 career ERA in the form of Vicente Padilla and added a 5.18 career ERA in Ricardo Rodriguez. His only chance of making the team is in relief, where he hasn’t pitched and doesn’t want to pitch. The Phillies could avoid the company-wide policy if they adhere to some simple advice: don’t use him just because he’s there. Considering the second player named in the player-to-be-named-later Padilla deal was some infielder in the Gulf Coast League no one heard of, Pat Gillick could still salvage a prospect before it’s too late.
2. Rheal Cormier
Talk around camp says the Phillies are shopping their soon-to-be-39-year-old southpaw, who pitched well enough last season to be put on waivers. Detroit could be interested, and Baltimore is also looking for a left-handed reliever. Left-handers Arthur Rhodes and Aaron Fultz will see most action in key spots. Cormier will only see mop-up duty with this team. He's no longer worth it, even if the Phillies must eat some of his guaranteed salary.
3. Chris Roberson
Good spring, good winter, good season, good raw talent, with no chance at ever becoming a regular for the Phillies. He’s blocked by Aaron Rowand, Shane Victorino and probably Michael Bourn, a younger prospect that can flat defend. Package him with someone else on this list and get a pitching prospect.
4. Tomas Perez
A good week in spring training could entice Florida to pull the trigger and reunite Tomas Perez with fellow Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera. The team could use a dependable veteran to mentor Cabrera and solidify a team that is mostly rookies. Perez would be great insurance for the Fish, and the Phillies landed two utility infielders in the offseason in Abraham Nunez and Alex Gonzalez. Still nervous? How about Danny Sandoval on reserve? He only hit .331 last season with Triple-A Scranton. Name one other team sitting on something like that.
5. Robinson Tejeda
A player I’d hate to lose. He has ice water in his veins. I like him. But it’s a risk the team should be willing to take if they can get something they truly need in return. Tejeda walks hitters at a fantastic rate and he’s a flyball pitcher. If Tejeda were actually in the running for a starting job, the Phillies wouldn’t have allowed him to play in the World Baseball Classic. They also wouldn’t have signed a struggling pitcher with a 5.10 ERA. Definitely worth more as a backup option in Scranton to begin the season, but if all goes well with Franklin, Madson, Floyd and the bullpen committee, shop him.