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Winter Meetings: Day 1 (So Far)

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A few things from Day 1 of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.:

  • Ruben Amaro Jr. said he does not believe the Phillies must find a right-handed-hitting outfielder to replace Jayson Werth. But outfielders to watch include free agents Scott Hairston and Matt Diaz. Diaz’s agent Larry Reynolds said he is receiving plenty of interest on Diaz, who could sign with a team before the conclusion of the meetings. He declined to say how interested the Phillies might be.
  • There has been a buzz at the Winter Meetings the Phillies had focused on free agent outfielder Jeff Francoeur, but sources said the Phillies are not seriously pursuing him.
  • Aaron Rowand is available in a trade, but the San Francisco Giants probably would need to pay a substantial portion of his salary to make it happen.
  • Interestingly, Amaro spoke of a potential platoon in right field involving Ben Francisco and Ross Gload - not mentioning Domonic Brown, who hit just .069 in nine Dominican Winter Ball games before returning home last week. Asked if he would prefer Brown to play every day than split time in the big leagues, Amaro said, “If we had our druthers we’d rather put Domonic in a position to get the at-bats that he kind of lost last year and prepare himself to improve his outfield play, base running, etc. In a perfect world, we don’t need Domonic to make our club, unless he really pushes us, unless he shows us in Spring Training that he’s ready to take that next step.”
  • The Los Angeles Times reported the Phillies could be interested in Angels outfielder Juan Rivera, which would make sense. The Phillies have liked him in the past, although Rivera struggled last season with just a .746 OPS against left-handed pitchers.

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De Fratus, Rizzotti and Other 40-Man Players

defratus.jpgIt’s no secret the Phillies are looking for bullpen help.

They’re looking at left-handers like Hisanori Takahashi, Pedro Feliciano, Brian Fuentes and Arthur Rhodes. They could bring back Chad Durbin, too.

But the Phillies also will need help from pitchers already in the organization, like Antonio Bastardo, Scott Mathieson, David Herndon and Mike Zagurski. Throw Justin De Fratus into the mix. The Phillies must place De Fratus on the 40-man roster by tommorrow’s midnight deadline to avoid exposing him to the Rule 5 Draft, and they will.

The Phillies have other players they must protect or risk losing them. The most notable include Joe Savery, Matt Rizzotti, D’Arby Myers, Freddy Galvis and Harold Garcia. Savery is being converted from a pitcher to a hitter, so he is unlikely to be protected. Rizzotti is a talented hitter, but his path to the big leagues is blocked by Ryan Howard. Myers is a fourth-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft who had a .678 OPS last season with Class A Clearwater. Galvis is a top shortstop, although he has struggled with the bat. Garcia is a top second base prospect.

De Fratus, an 11th-round pick in 2007, certainly is worth watching next year. He went a combined 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA in 49 appearances with Class A Clearwater and Double-A Reading and has struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings in the Arizona Fall League.

“He hasn’t had a chance to perform in front of Charlie (Manuel), Rich (Dubee) and the Major League staff,” assistant general manager Chuck LaMar said. “I think he’s going to open up some eyes. I think he’s going to get people’s attention in Spring Training with not only his physical ability, but how confidently he goes about his business. Whether he’s ready or not is yet to be seen. Only time will tell that, but I think he’ll at least be on the radar screen by the end of Spring Training.

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