Saturday Morning tid-bits

There isn't much going on in Phillies land as we speak. Yesterday's announcement of the structure of the baseball operations department was the first big step in the club's offseason plan. I know there was a lot of speculation about a potential mass exodus once Ruben Amaro Jr. got the job over Mike Arbuckle, but that didn't happen. Amaro has surrounded himself with a ton of big league experience, particularly in new assistant general managers Benny Looper and Chuck Lamar. Looper is a former Gillick colleague who left the Mariners this fall. Lamar is the former GM of the Rays who has spent the last season working in the Phillies scouting department. Both men bring impressive resumes to the table.

Just a couple other quick thoughts:

1) I know there has been some speculation that the Phillies are interested in Japanese amateur Junichi Tazawa, but it doesn't sound like they will be major players in the deal. Amaro said a couple days ago "We know of him," which to me doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement.

2) For an indication of how difficult a trade for Matt Holliday would be, witness an offer the Cardinals are reported by Ken Rosenthal to be mulling. In addition to a a third player, St. Louis would send Ryan Ludwick and Skip Schumaker to Colorado. Keep in mind that Ludwick hit .299 with 37 home runs in 2009 and Schumaker hit over .300 with 87 runs scored.

3) Amaro is still looking for a third assistant-GM type, one who will be heavily involved in contract negotiations. He is conducting interviews this week. Chances are if he doesn't already have your resume, it is probably too late.