July 30, 2012
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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.
January 8, 2012
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The Phillies are looking to bolster the back-end of their bull pen.
By doing so, they are looking in the direction of former All-Star and Cy Young-candidate Kerry Wood. As reported by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnik, the 34-year-old Wood is on the Phillies radar.
With Jonathan Papelbon as the Phils closer and the health status of right-hander Jose Contreras still up in the air, the Phillies could look at Wood asa good 7th or 8th inning guy.
Last season, Wood was 3-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 55 appearances for the Cubs. He has experience as a closer as well, so he’s an ideal bull pen option late in games to set up Papelbon.