SATURDAY: Sure enough, Paulino has been dealt for lefty reliever Jack Taschner. This all but assures J.A. Happ the fifth starter’s spot.
THURSDAY: Now Ken Rosenthal thinks that Chris Coste has secured the backup spot, and that Ronny Paulino is the one available after all.
Chris Coste has secured his hold on the Phillies’ backup catcher spot, making Ronny Paulino available.
The Marlins, after failing to sign free-agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez, could seek Paulino as a backup to John Baker if they consider him an upgrade over Mike Rabelo.
Now things may really start to get interesting.
TUESDAY: This almost went unnoticed, and it’s hard to glean anything from one dismissive sentence in a story, but Nick Cafardo over at the Boston Globe mentioned that the Phillies and Red Sox have had some discussion about catching prospect Lou Marson.
It’s been well-documented that the Phillies have a catching logjam: Ruiz and Paulino are likely to make the 25-man roster, Chris Coste may have played his last as a Philly, and Marson and fellow prospect Travis D’Arnaud are waiting in the wings.
Something has to give.
If the Phillies can manage to snag a pitcher from Boston – they’ve asked for the likes of Clay Buchholz, a price tag that Boston is currently having none of – it could certainly tidy up a few things on the roster, as well as shore up the Phillies’ minor league pitching prospects.
Certainly something to keep an eye on.