By Mike Elser
As the last few weeks of the regular season wind down and the possibilities of an off-season full of uncertainty ramps up, one thing must be certain: change. The Phillies cannot go into 2014 trotting out the same lineup as they had week in and week out in 2013. Over the next few weeks I’ll analyze each position, noting the current state, potential changes for next season through free agency, and prospects coming through the farm system. To kick off, I’ll start with the hottest position of conversation: catcher.
Ruben Amaro Jr. was quoted by Ryan Lawrence of the Daily News earlier in the week as saying, “Catching is going to be a very big priority for us – maybe the biggest.” Carlos Ruiz has been the regular backstop for the Phillies since taking over for a departing Mike Lieberthal at the beginning of the 2007 season. Originally signed from Panama as a second baseman, Ruiz was never originally considered to be one of the top prospects in the Phillies system. Yet, he has been a mainstay behind the plate for the last seven years. Now, he will forever live in …read more
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