The Philadelphia Phillies pulled the trigger today on a trade to bring in a much-needed right-handed bat. The bat, acquired from the Houston Astros, is scheduled to arrive via FedEx tomorrow morning.
"I am really excited to get this bat in the lineup," said Phillies GM Ruben Amaro. "It's a fine quality ash and very dense. I am expecting some big power out of it."
And while Amaro traded for the bat to plug the Phillies' power vacuum from the right side, manager Charlie Manuel feels the bat can provide even more.
"Perhaps I'm missing something, but couldn't this bat also hit from the left side?" he said. "As far as I know there's no such thing as a right-handed or left-handed bat. It all depends on how the batter holds it, right? I mean I know baseball isn't full of intellectuals, but this doesn't seem like rocket science to me."
Despite Manuel's old-school bat approach, Amaro expects the bat to be used only from the right side. Only now he has to set about acquiring a player with any any ability to swing a bat from the right side — a move that seems unlikely.
"This is probably going to be the only move I can make, unfortunately," said Amaro. "I traded our top three minor league prospects to the Astros for this bat. Houston really demanded a lot. They insisted it was a good bat. I just hope it doesn't take a slider in on the handle and break."