As the off season winds down the Philadelphia Phillies still aren’t happy with their outfield situation. They’ve got Domonic Brown, John Mayberry Jr., Darin Ruf, Laynce Nix and Ben Revere do you notice whats missing? A veteran presence and that’s what general manager Ruben Amaro Jr is still searching for.
“We’ve had several talks with free agents, although they’re limited now,” Amaro said Friday. “We’ve also talked about some possible trades. We’re staying active as far as that is concerned. We’re still trying to improve, depth-wise, in our outfield, if we can. We don’t have proven everyday Major League players on our corners right now. If we can create some depth there, if we can create some competition, I would like to do that.” (MLB.com)
So while they’ve been searching it doesn’t sound like anything is close to happening. MLB.com does list two names as possibilities, Vernon Wells and Scott Hairston.
Hairston is a guy they once coveted and almost had a trade with the San Diego Padres back in 2009 to acquire him. In 2012, he hit 20 homers with the New York Mets, six of them coming against the Phillies. He performed better in his career against lefties too, so he would fit what the Phillies are looking for, a right handed hitter with some pop. He can also play all three outfield positions.
Wells would require a trade and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim eating most of his salary. He can’t hit for much average anymore but he still has some pop. He’s hit 36 homers over the past two seasons but only 11 in 2012. It seems like his power may be fading but in the bandbox known as Citizens Bank Park he could do well.
Those are just two possibilities and I have to say Wells is a long shot. Personally, I think the Phils wind up with a cheaper option then both, a low risk, high reward type.
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