January was filled with many head-scratching moves.
The first of which was the signing of Chad Qualls, a man that had an ERA north of 5.00 at Citizen’s Bank Park. That was along with a one-year contract to Kyle Kendrick (LFR). I questioned theses moves a lot last winter, and then I remembered: Ruben Amaro Jr. and it all made sense.
One the flip side, Cole Hamels agreed to a contract for his final year of arbitration. Many were hoping that his contract extension would occur here, but alas, it was not meant to be.
On what might have been the most under-the-radar signing of the offseason, Amaro signed Juan Pierre to a 1-year minor league contract. That turned out to be a great move for the Phillies. Pierre did a great job with the team over the summer, even if he couldn’t really throw.
To go along with the Pierre signing, Amaro turned Wilson Valdez into Jeremy Horst.