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Third Base Wide Open For Next Season

Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen. (Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

There is a big question mark stamped next to the third baseman’s name for the 2013 season. It’s a position that hasn’t had a consistent inhabitant since Scott Rolen was traded in 2002.

A few guys like David Bell, Pedro Feliz and Placido Polanco were supposed to be main-stays. But only Polanco managed to make an All-Star appearance.

It’s also a position that has fielded the likes of Abraham Nunez, Greg Dobbs, Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton.

The future for third base still doesn’t look bright for the Phillies. General manager Ruben Amaro already knows this, and he’s already tried addressing it at the deadline.

Philadelphia exercised the option of plucking top third base prospect Mike Olt from the Texas Rangers in a deal centered around Cliff Lee but nothing ever came to fruition for both clubs. Olt would have given the Phillies their first real third baseman since Rolen, and a prospect to be truly excited about since Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

They also were named as one of the teams interested in acquiring Padres third baseman Chase Headley.

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Olney: Cliff Lee “In Play”; Rangers Most Logical Suitor

Phillies SP Cliff Lee (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

According to Buster Olney, Cliff Lee is officially “in play” as the deadline draws near.

Olney, like a lot of people, feel that the Rangers would be the most logical team interested in acquiring Lee. And accoring to Olney’s source, Lee will not come cheap to the Phillies.

That means prospects, and the Rangers have a prospect the Phillies desperately want in right-handed third baseman Mike Olt. Olt, 23, is hitting .291 with 27 homers and 80 RBIs with Double-A Frisco in the Texas League.

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Morosi: Phillies Interested in 3B Headley; Could Trade Cliff Lee

According to FOX baseball writer Jon Morosi on Twitter, the Phillies are interested in Padres third baseman Chase Headley.

Headley, 28, is hitting .267 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs on the season.

Morosi added in a follow-up tweet that the Phillies could use the prospects they get in a trade for a veteran players, likely Joe Blanton or Shane Victorino. But he said if they get Rangers third base prospect Mike Olt for Cliff Lee, they would be out of the Headley talks.

So you heard it from Morosi first that the Phillies could potentially trade Cliff Lee to the Rangers in a deal centered around Olt.

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