Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Beyond the players they are targeting on the free agent market, the Philadelphia Phillies are also interested in potentially trading to fill holes on their roster.
Beyond the players they are targeting on the free agent market, the Philadelphia Phillies are also interested in potentially trading to fill holes on their roster, including Colorado Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler, Peter Bourjos of the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers third baseman Michael Young, reports Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly:
The Phils will continue to monitor the availability of Colorado’s Dexter Fowler as a trade candidate. The Phils have long coveted Peter Bourjos, but the Angels have indicated they plan to use him in their starting outfield.
While the Phillies extended an offer to center fielder B.J. Upton before he signed with the Atlanta Braves, the team doesn’t seem to be a fit for free agents Josh Hamilton and Michael Bourn. With Upton off the table, Angel Pagan is "next on their free agent list," according to Salibury.
Center field is the team’s current priority, but they’ve also checked in on corner outfielders this winter. They like Cody Ross, but they’ve also expressed interest in potential trade targets, including Fowler, Bourjos, Michael Cuddyer of the Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.
Before the Phillies would be able to complete a trade with the Rangers for Young, he would first have to waive his no-trade clause and Texas would need to "pick up a chunk of his salary."