By Jack Ross 3/9/2016
Clearwater, FL – Citizens Bank Park was a hot destination for players this offseason.
After all the free-agency and trading block dust settled, the Philadelphia Phillies looked like a new club, with more than 20 players either joining or leaving the organization.
Outfielder Peter Borjous is one of these players – joining the club via waivers after several successful seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels. A defensive-minded center fielder with some speed, Borjous fits nicely into a Philadelphia outfield composed mainly of young, converted infielders like Odubel Herrera and Cody Asche. He seems to be adjusting well through the first few weeks of spring training.
“It’s been easy. I think there’s a lot of new guys in here so its not like I’m the only one. I’m getting to know everyone,” says Borjous. “Its’ a good group of guys, good coaching and it’s fun to play with these guys.
Pitcher Brett Oberholtzer is another new face around the Phillies clubhouse looking to make an impact this spring. After serving three seasons with the Houston Astros, Oberholtzer is excited to get to work with his new teammates.
“We all came from different places so for us it’s just getting to know each other and see how we operate, Oberholtzer mentioned before the team’s game against the Orioles. “[There’s] a lot of new faces, getting to know each other, getting our feet under us — getting ready for a long season.”
Only time will tell if the new Phillies are going to find extended success with their latest team but one thing is for sure – this is a fresh team, ready to take 2016 by storm.