MLB rumors: Phillies, Astros discussed Domonic Brown trade

Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

The Philadelphia Phillies discussed outfielder Domonic Brown with the Houston Astros during trade talks this winter.

The Philadelphia Phillies discussed outfielder Domonic Brown with the Houston Astros during trade talks this winter, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

While Brown's name came up, Heyman notes that the Phillies aren't eager to trade an outfielder given their questions surrounding the position.

Entering the spring, Brown was expected to compete for playing time in the outfield with John Mayberry Jr. and Darin Ruf. However, Delmon Young's lingering injury issues have opened the door for more potential playing time for Brown.

The Phillies selected Brown out of high school in the 20th round of the 2006 MLB Draft. He went on to become one of baseball's top prospects, but as of yet his production in the minors hasn't translated in the bigs.

Brown appeared in 56 games for the Phillies last season, hitting .235/.316/.396 with 11 doubles and five home runs. He spent a majority of the season with the club's Triple-A affiliate, hitting .286/.335/.432 with 13 doubles and five home runs. Over parts of three seasons in the majors, the 25-year-old owns a career batting line of .236/.315/.388.

The Phillies and Astros have matched up for several trades in recent years, including separate deals that sent outfielder Hunter Pence and right-hander Roy Oswalt to Philadelphia in exchange for prospects such as Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singleton and Anthony Gose.

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