Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 12/9/12
The ball is in Asche's hands to win third base in 2014 according to Jayson Stark. Photo: Jay Floyd Fresh off of my mother-in-law’s holiday choral concert, I’m back and ready to report on the latest from the Hot Stove in a special Midnight Update! Something “Big” Coming The biggest Philadelphia-related news of the day was obviously Michael Young being acquired by the Phillies. The second most notable piece of information in that category was this tidbit passed along by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Passan’s source indicated that the Phillies were ready to do something big, anything from pursuing Josh Hamilton or making a late run at Zack Greinke. Greinke finalized a six-year, $147 million record-setting contract tonight with the Dodgers, so that one is likely safe to rule out. 2014′s Starting Third Baseman? Asche. For Now. From the “Card Subject to Change” category, Jayson Stark tweeted today that folks within the Phillies organization recognize that Young is not the ideal solution at third base but was the best option among what was available, noting that many are hopeful Cody Asche will be ready for 2014. No pressure, Cody! Ellsbury for Lee – Who Says No First? The Phillies. In a nugget that got lost in the world of transaction madness, CSN’s Jim Salisbury reported that the Red Sox offered Jacoby Ellsbury in a deal for Cliff Lee. Ellsbury struggled with injuries in 2012 that limited him to just 74 games. The Red Sox were told by the Phillies, per Salisbury, that the Phillies are not interested in separating their trio of Lee, Roy Halladay, and Cole Hamels. In the same piece, Salisbury noted that the Phillies attempted to simultaneously acquire Josh Willingham the same day they executed the Ben Revere deal, that the Phils are “seriously interested” Ichiro Suzuki, and “have long liked” Cody Ross.
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