Randy Miller wrote an article yesterday quoting Phils GM Pat Gillick’s desire for a lefty outfield bat off the bench. Miller didn’t throw out any names, so I thought I’d dig around a bit to see who might be on the radar. According to my best Phillies source:
On B.J. Surhoff: "I got a lukewarm response from a high ranking club official when i asked about him a week ago. Not saying it won’t happen, but i didn’t like the guy’s body language."
On Bobby Higginson: "I got a thumbs down when I asked about Higgy a month ago."
On Josh Kroeger (already a member of the team): "They could go from within with this Kroeger kid, but I’m sure they will keep looking."
Just throwing out a name here, but how about trading for Jorge Piedra? Young lefty stick with pop who can hit righties and is buried on the Rockies’ depth chart. I have a feeling the Phils wouldn’t be setting their sights that high for a fifth outfielder, however.