Winter Meetings: Day 3 (Go Big)
Updated: Reyes agrees to terms
Ruben Amaro Jr. said today he is thinking big.
In more ways than one.
First, he said the Phillies “have examined and tried and have talked about acquiring significant players. Doing trades is tough. Outfielders. Pitchers. Starters. Relievers. We’ve done some things where we’ve tried to shoot for the moon. We’ve laid some groundwork on some of those, but the possibilities of that happening are kind of remote.”
The Phillies are not in the running for Cliff Lee, but several teams have been talking to the Royals about Zack Greinke. FOXSports.com reported five teams are seriously pursuing Greinke with three teams on the periphery. CSNPhilly.com said the Phillies have talked to the Royals about Greinke.
Second, the Phillies have reached an agreement with Dennys Reyes, who is listed at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds. A source said tonight Reyes has agreed to a $1.1 million deal with a $.135 million option for 2012.
The Phillies also remain interested in Chad Durbin. In fact, Durbin is in Florida and stopped into the hotel to personally meet with the Phillies and one other team.
“The Durbinator?” Amaro said. “We’re keeping our options open on the Durbinator.”
And that right-handed bat the Phillies need? Giants general manager Brian Sabean said today “there’s nothing going between the Giants and the Phillies with Rowand.”
But the Phillies have had discussions about it. Rowand is owed $24 million over the next two seasons and the Giants would need to eat much of his salary for the Phillies to take him. Rowand played with the Phillies in 2006-07, and they believe he could bounce back offensively moving from cavernous AT&T Park to cozy Citizens Bank Park.
The Rule 5 Draft is tomorrow morning. Amaro said there is a 50-50 chance they take somebody.