Here is a rundown of the rumors being heard around the Winter Meetings in Nashville concerning the Phils and Buccos...
*Phils will take a look at Kris Benson when he throws for teams in a couple weeks. They're also rumored to want to get a sneak peak at his wife.
*The previously speculated return of Jon Lieber has been debunked.
*Gillick was also adamant in his statement that the Phils are NOT interested in Melvin Mora...damn shame, he'd be an upgrade over the Helms/Dobbs platoon at 3rd.
*The Pirates added another J. Wilson to play short. This Wilson being Josh, not Jack, was claimed off waiveres from the Rays. Having a J. Wilson duo would be fun, but look for the Pirates to shop Jack's services now.
*Geoff Jenkins remains in the Phillies thoughts, especially if his price tag drops. He'd be an excellent platoon partner for Werth, and help account for the offense we're losing in Fence-Face Rowand's supposed departure.
*If HGH user Jose Guillen, he of reported bad attitude while in Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Anaheim can snag $13 million per season, maybe Pat Burrell really isn't overpriced after all.
*The anti-on-base-percentage Pedro Feliz is being looked at by the Phils for 3rd base...NO!!!
*Jason Bay is getting a lot of attention since the Pirates have apparently made him available. He seems to be on the decline and if the Pirates can get a decent package for him it would make sense to pull the trigger.
*Since free agent centerfielders are cashing in this offseason, teams are looking to go cheaper via trade- tada- enter the Pirates with Chris Duffy and Nate McLouth. The Phils are one of the teams inquiring about McLouth.
*Kyle Lohse and Carlos Silva's names are still floating around the Phillies rumor atmosphere. Bartolo Colon, Jason Jennings, Livan Hernandez, Anthony Reyes, Julian Tavarez, and the ghost of Cy Young and the return of Nolan Ryan are also on the Phils radar. Basically, they're interested in pitchers dead, alive, or barely serviceable.
*Brett Tomko would like to pitch for the Buccos, but they need to unload the unwanted bad contract of Matt Morris first.
*Ken Rosenthal thinks Hank Blalock would be a great fit in Philly. I do too!
*If Kenny Williams makes Joe Crede available, expect Patty G to give him a call.
*The Phillies still have an offer on the table to Japanese starter Hiroki Kuroda.
*Phils have put feelers out for what it would take to acquire Eric Bedard. Gillick is simply groping here, because that fantasy is nothing more than a wet dream.
*Ian Snell and Damaso Marte may or many not be on the trade market, but teams are definitely intrigued by both...I'll give the Pirates Chris Roberson and JD Durbin for pair of hurlers.
*Phils have offered Fence-Face a 3 year pact with excessive money during those years in hopes to lure him back to Philly. Rowand's agent reports 10 teams are after him though, so I think he'll get both the money and years he's looking for elsewhere...nice knowing ya Aaron!
*With the Miguel Cabrera trade to the Tigers, expect slick fielding 3rd baseman Brandon Inge to become available and for the Phils to have an interest.
*Yet another Pirate on the trade market, X-Man Nady is available and could net the Buccos some prospects. Their offense was already weak, just imagine if Jack Wilson, Jason Bay, and Nady were subtracted...some Triple A teams would spank them then.
*Ryan Howard's agent and the Phils have opened dialog about a long term contract, and rumor has it he's looking for a Pujol's like deal of 7 years $100 million.
*Gillick himself said he's looking to bring Tadahito Iguchi back to play 3rd base next season because Gooch has said he'll try the position if need be. I love what Gooch did for this team in Utley's absence, but the man has never played an inning at 3rd base in his life...big risk.
*To all the Jewish readers out there- Happy Hanukkah!