The anticipation has been driving fans crazy for weeks, especially as other teams made their moves. But the time has come for Phillies fans to be alert.
Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings, held in Nashville, Tn. this offseason, is a prime time for deals to surface because baseball’s agents and GMs are all in one location. It makes getting in touch that much easier and more gets discussed.
So, with a big week possibly ahead, here’s the latest on what the Phillies may be doing.
- With B.J. Upton and Denard Span off the market, the Phillies have set their sights on centerfielder Angel Pagan. Pagan his .288 with eight home runs and 56 RBIs in 154 games with the Giants. The 31-year-old is a switch hitter with solid defense and baserunning. Of his 174 hits in 2012, 38 were doubles and 15 were triples – the league high this season. He also stole 29 bases.
- Staying with Pagan, the Phillies are believed to be in a race with the Giants for his services in 2013. Both clubs are suspected to have offered four-year deals and it is believed the Giants may be on the short end of the average annual salary. Pagan made $4.85 million last season.
- While remaining candidates and suitors for remaining top outfielders Josh Hamilton and Michael Bourn, the Phillies are also believed to be a “fit” for veteran outfielder Alfonso Soriano. Soriano, who played 151 games with the Cubs in 2012, hit .262 with 32 home runs and 108 RBIs. While Soriano’s power numbers are appealing, he has declined since a near-MVP season with the Washington Nationals in 2006. He signed with the Cubs in 2007. Another hitch would be Soriano’s $18 million contract, which the Cubs would have to eat a majority of to complete any deal.
- Among the non-tendered players that could appeal to the Phillies are relief pitcher Brian Wilson and third baseman Mark Reynolds. Wilson barely played in 2012 due to having Tommy John surgery but was a popular clubhouse fixture with the Giants. Reynolds strikes out a ton and is a defensive liability but a great right-handed power bat.
- Speaking of relief pitching, the Phillies will probably be in search of a set-up man. Among the options still on the market are Mike Adams, Koji Uehara and Joakim Soria.
Coming up later today, I’ll profile some moves I think the Phillies should pursue. Stay tuned for what is sure to be a wild week.