Daily Archives: March 18, 2007

Simon offered back, more on Bourn

In the notes section today, The Inquirer mentions the Phillies have offered Rule 5 reliever Alfredo Simon back to the Rangers. No real shock here, as Simon has been downright awful, and unlike guys like Clay Condrey who can be sent back to the minors, Simon would have needed to remain on the 25 man roster all season.

Also, DelewareOnline has a nice piece on Michael Bourn, and indicates his chances of making the team are getting better each day. This part was interesting..

The Phillies are so impressed that, more than ever, they view Bourn as their next center fielder. And, under different circumstances, his spring success would make them even more inclined to deal Aaron Rowand, who will become a free agent after the season and has been the subject of trade rumors since October.

But expectations for the Phillies are sky-high. And for now, they are hesitant to have someone with just 152 Class AAA at-bats in the lineup. “He’s done nothing to make us say, ‘We need to see this or that before we can put him on the team,’ ” Arbuckle said. “But you’ve got to see it over a period of time. There’s a comfort level that needs to be established. If we were in a building stage, then you can take a young player and say, ‘If he makes some young mistakes, we can live with it and move on.’ “

The rumors about Aaron Rowand trades have been plentiful, but this makes it appear that they don’t trust Bourn in CF everyday, despite saying great things about his potential and future, and how much better he looks in camp this year. You’d think the only way anything would happen would be an injury to Rowand or Victorino, where Bourn could get every day AB’s. Either way, this will be an interesting story to watch the rest of the spring.