With Jayson Werth officially gone, the Phillies have turned their attention to signing a righthanded batting corner outfielder. Targets- Jeff Francoeur, Juan Rivera, and Matt Diaz. Francoeur is a swing-a-holic (and I don't mean key parties) that hasn't posted quality numbers since 2007. Luckily for the Phils, the Royals are also in heavy pursuit of Frenchy and their GM Dayton Moore is far stupider than Amaro. Rivera is under contract with Angels for $5.25M next year. Maybe Rube could work some magic and swap Baez for him and eat the remaining part of Rivera's contract. Then there's Diaz, who is a career .301 batter, and he mashes lefties (.335/.907). Of the 3, Diaz is my choice.
Oh yeah, Cliff Lee's name is still hanging in the air. Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman reports the Phils are still serious about trying to lure the top free agent back to Philly. Not gonna happen.
Hall of Fame:
The engineer of the 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies was elected to the Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Pat Gillick. Wonder if his crowning achievement will be the Adam Eaton deal.
Pump Up the Bass:
28 year old righthanded reliever Brian Bass was signed to a minor league deal who is fresh off a 12.27 ERA with the Pirates last season. He owns a career 5.16 ERA over 3 MLB seasons and gives the Phils depth at Triple A. Plus he's a possible future Phucco.