With Chase Utley out for 4-6 weeks, the Philadelphia Phillies desperately needed a second baseman. That led them to the Chicago White Sox and Tadahito Iguchi on Friday. In return, the White Sox receive minor league relief pitcher Michael Dubee.
The Phillies Haul
Iguchi seemed like a steal when he first came over from Japan in 2005, putting together a solid season at the plate and decent defense at second base. However, he has slipped quite a bit this year, putting up a paltry .251 batting average. The Phillies, however, are desperate after losing Utley to the disabled list due to a broken wrist.
The White Sox Haul
Dubee, the son of Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, is a relief pitcher who has pitched well this year (8.73 K/9, 2.45 K/BB, 1.33 WHIP) in low Class A ball. He throws three decent pitches for strikes and was an 18th round pick.
Iguchi is moving from a lineup that was struggling to put runs on the board to one that has not. He figures to slot into the number two spot in the order, which means he will see plenty of juicy pitches while batting ahead of Aaron Rowand and Ryan Howard. His owners can expect a fair increase in his runs scored and maybe even a bump in his batting average. Dubee has no fantasy value.
The Final Word
The Phillies are desperate for some production at second base and went after a player with high upside. (Others on the market included Wilson Betemit and Mark Grudzielanek.) Dubee, 21, probably will not become an important back of the bullpen kind of guy. He is more likely a 11th or 12th man on the pitching staff.
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