While the Philadelphia Phillies are focusing on adding a
center fielder and have been most heavily tied to free agents B.J. Upton and
Michael Bourn, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Jim Salisbury of
CSNPhilly.com that the team is also considering Angel Pagan and former center
fielder Shane Victorino.
Amaro mentioned Upton, Angel Pagan,
Michael Bourn and Victorino, all free agents, as centerfield candidates. “It’s
just a matter of which guy stands out for us and which one helps us put all the
pieces together,” he said.
Amaro added that he can’t afford to “put all our resources
in one area and not address others,” saying the Phillies don’t have unlimited funds
available. While it’s possible Philadelphia adds an outfielder or two via
trade, Amaro says it’s “more likely” they do so through free agency.
Center field is the focus, but Amaro did say that the team
is also looking into corner outfielders. Beyond Upton, Bourn, Pagan and
Victorino, the Phillies have been tied to corner outfielders Cody Ross and Nick
Swisher this offseason.
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