Ryan Theriot could be Phillies good luck charm

Are the Phillies finished with their offseason shopping after adding Delmon Young to their outfield?

Last week, CBS columnist Jon Heyman reported that the Phillies could be interested in free agent Ryan Theriot in case the organization fears Chase Utley will potentially miss significant time for the third straight spring. Theriot is a reliable utility infielder and solid second baseman.

The hilarious prankster, who goes by the apt nickname, ‘The Riot,’ would welcome a move to Philadelphia.

“Who wouldn’t want to play for the Phillies,” Theriot told Metro from his Louisiana home. “I would be more than fine with that. I love Charlie Manuel. You have a great ballpark and great fans.”

Theriot knows something about winning, too, since he earned World Series rings in 2011 with St. Louis and in 2012 with San Francisco. He believes the Phillies could go far in 2013.

“I think the Phillies are going to be very tough next season,” Theriot said. “They have the best pitching staff in baseball. They have a very good chance to win next season. Some people might not see it but if you know baseball, you have to give the Phillies a lot of respect. They’re going to win some games this season. Just watch.”

Will Theriot be part of it?

“We’ll see what happens,” Theriot said. “There are other possibilities for me. There’s a possibility with Cleveland and maybe even San Francisco.”

Maybe teams should be lining up for Theriot’s services since he seems to be a bit of a good luck charm.

“That’s what I say,” Theriot said. “I’ve been on the last two World Series Champions in a row. Who else can say that? Nobody. I think teams should line up for me. But I wouldn’t mind it being the Phillies. That would be fun for me. But we’ll see what happens.”