Though Ruben Amaro said that he doesn’t expect any blockbuster deals to be made by the trade deadline of the end of July, the rumors persist that the Phillies are interested in a few players. Charlie Manuel went public and said he’d like to have a right handed bat and someone in the bullpen who may be ‘better than they have right now’. Now that isn’t exactly the words you’d expect to hear from Manuel especially given the fact that the Phillies are in first place and have the best record in baseball. That is what he said though, and tonight the rumor mill kicked it up a notch.
MLBTraderumors have reported that the Phillies may be interested in a couple players. One of them is the Houston Astros’ Hunter Pence. Pence may be available from the Astros too, but he may come at a price that is too high for the Phillies.
Other names have surfaced as well, one of them a very unlikely Carlos Beltran. Beltran would probably not want to come to a team like the Phillies who would only be interested in his services for the stretch run to and through the playoffs. Maybe Beltran would be interested though given the fact that he has a chance to win a World Championship with the Phillies and he may add some offensive pop if he was to stay healthy. For that very reason of health, the Phillies should probably stay far away from Beltran.
Another player the Phillies have supposedly asked about is Melky Cabrera. Melky would probably be the best fit for the Phillies as he’s batting .296 and has 54 RBI and 12 HR as of last night’s totals. He is also only going to be 27 next season. He never quite blossomed as well as the Yankees thought he would, but he is still young and has decent numbers so far this year. What price would be paid for him though? That would be what the Phillies would have to see if it were worth it or not.
The Braves added Cabrera in 2010, but jettisoned him after the season in October. One would have to wonder why? In December of 2010, Cabrera signed a free agent deal with Kansas City at a lower salary that he was making with the Yankees and Braves in 2009 and 2010, it was only a one year deal. Melky also has some postseason experience which also makes sense to add him to the Phillies.
The Braves also are interested in a few of the players the Phillies may be interested in, so it will be interesting to see what happens. I don’t think the Phillies want to give up much for anyone they acquire. This will be the sticking point with any deal that is made.
More on this as the rumors and details come out.