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Phillies After Baldelli?

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According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies would be interested in Rocco Baldelli in the event that they lose Pat Burrell. Baldelli is a very risky signing considering he suffers from extreme fatigue, but he would make for a superb reserve outfielder. The Phillies would be smart to go and add a power bat, because the pitching is particularly strong. If they bring back Jamie Moyer and add a pitcher like Braden Looper or Randy Wolf, they will have the depth in the bullpen to make a serious run for the playoffs again, assuming the offense can hold up.

With that said, the Phillies are a logical fit for Manny Ramirez. He would create more opportunities for Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, as well as loosen up the relatively young clubhouse. While bringing in Ramirez for a long term deal is risky, the Phillies have the money to offer him more cash while giving the club more options to buy him out. The Dodgers continue to talk with Ramirez, but it is likely he will head elsewhere.

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.