The Phillies are one of three teams that will most likely land free agent outfielder B.J. Upton.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Phillies and Atlanta Braves are the top two candidates to land Upton, with a mystery team also involved. The mystery team could be either Cincinnati or Washington.
The Braves are said to have a slight edge on the Phillies, with the final offers being issued this week. Where Upton will land could be determined in that time.
Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said that the Braves could wind up paying more money for Upton than they would like to if they were to land him. Atlanta has a hole in the outfield with centerfielder Michael Bourn also testing the free agent waters, garnering the same interested teams as Upton.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post also wrote that one aftershock of the Upton signing would be that teams like Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Washington would be interested in acquiring Dexter Fowler from the Colorado Rockies.
The Phillies are said to be interested in Fowler in the same report, but the Phillies don’t really have any prospects that would garner interest from Colorado outside of pitching.