Stark On Phillies, Marlins, Young, Morgan, Astros

As ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark points out, the Phillies’ decision to sign Luis Castillo suggests they aren’t overly optimistic about the timetable for Chase Utley’s return. According to Stark, the Phillies heard that there is no guarantee that surgery would make Utley healthy again, so they’re hoping rehab works. Here are the rest of Stark’s rumors…

  • The Marlins have decided that Matt Dominguez isn’t ready for the majors, so they’re “actively exploring” outside options. Earlier tonight, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports heard that the Marlins were “unlikely” to look outside of the organization for help at the hot corner.
  • Though the Pirates are still shopping Ryan Doumit, teams that have spoken to Pittsburgh say the catcher/outfielder is not drawing much interest.
  • Multiple teams, including the Phillies, Marlins and Cubs, appear to be eyeing Michael Young. None of those clubs can afford Young’s annual salary of $16MM and the Rangers expect a “massive” return if they’re going to eat a significant amount of Young’s salary.
  • Scouts covering the Nationals say Nyjer Morgan is very much available. “They're trying to give him away," one scout said, before suggesting that the Nationals could release him.
  • Scouts watching the Yankees expect the team to add a veteran catcher in the next week.
  • The Phillies are looking for a veteran outfielder who’s capable of playing center field.
  • Teams that have spoken with the Astros say they’d like to add a veteran catcher, but have very little money to spend.


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35 Comments on "Stark On Phillies, Marlins, Young, Morgan, Astros"


NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 4 months ago

Can Mark Kotsay play CF, is he available? It’s not everyday you hear veteran, CF, and available in the same sentence.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 4 months ago

Maybe Rowand can come back to form in Philly?

4 years 4 months ago

I think they would be targeting Rowand. I think that would be a good addition and like you said, maybe he can find himself in CBP again.

JaySchu
4 years 4 months ago

The Phillies can’t afford his hideous contract.

4 years 4 months ago

I think the Giants would eat all of it… at least from what I’ve recently read about the situation. If not all at least the vast majority of it.

4 years 4 months ago

The Giants are willing to eat most of it; I believe they are trying to make room for Brandon Belt because KNBR (the local sports station) also said that they are considering getting rid of either Schierholtz or Ishikawa. KNBR also said that the Giants called the White Sox and the Phillies to try to make a deal involving Rowand; I personally don’t expect anything to happen, though.

I see a lot of Giants games because I live very close to SF and Rowand does not look good at all. I don’t think he will be able to find himself. His playing time has been greatly diminished and he can’t seem to lay off sliders 5 feet off of the plate; I think he’s done.

jwsox
4 years 4 months ago

As a sox fan I would not mind having rowand back depending on what it’s for. He would be a good 4th of and take over for Carlos In late inning close games.

lefty177
4 years 4 months ago

Nyjer Morgan? Hah, that’s a joke, so is he though so it’s all good

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 4 months ago

You mean the marlins are not going to rush a prospect to the majors? Quick head for the bomb shelters! its the end! or maybe they finally understand nature vs. nurture.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 4 months ago

What prospects are you talking about?

dbreer23
4 years 4 months ago

Matt Dominguez

Dave_Gershman
4 years 4 months ago

DeWayne Wise hasn’t been that good. If you’re going to go outside the org.
There are more CF’s available than 2B/3B.

s8n666
4 years 4 months ago

Cameron Maybin? Andrew Miller?

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

miller was mostly detroit’s fault, but yes maybin got screwed pretty hard by the marlins

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 4 months ago

I’m a bit surprised no one has picked up Doumit, maybe he can be the Catcher the Yankees are going to add? Just tossing up ideas.

Bucs
4 years 4 months ago

Doumit stinks, hasn’t been healthy, and has a bad contract. He has a good bat but not good enough to offset his brutal defense. Pirates have been shopping him for a long time with no takers.

Backup_Slider
4 years 4 months ago

Yep, the Yankees already have 2 major-league catchers who should be DHs, so they definitely don’t need a 3rd one.

4 years 4 months ago

I’m guessing they’ll get Jeff Mathis from the Angels.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 4 months ago

If or when he gets released. 400k fits into the phillies budget

Dave_Gershman
4 years 4 months ago

What about trying to find an OF and move Coghlan to 2nd or 3rd and Infante to the other?

Not trying to say anything in particular but…Ben Revere would be a great fit and isn’t unavailable.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 4 months ago

Easier to find 2nd/3rd than a CF right? Can one of their starters play a decent CF? Don’t think Stanton can.

4 years 4 months ago

No, Revere is most definitely unavailable.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 4 months ago

Do explain.

4 years 4 months ago

No your right, the Twins are just begging teams to take a 22 year old Ben Revere off their hands with 2 of their aging OF’s to hit free agency next offseason.

4 years 4 months ago

…especially one who has hit .300+ every year since he’s been a pro and has blazing speed.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 4 months ago

Adam Miller, Jermey Hermida and Cameron Maybin.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

hermida doesn’t really belong on that list

JacksTigers
4 years 4 months ago

I know he has his on field problems, but I wouldn’t mind taking a flyer on Morgan. It the Tigers picked him up, Jim Leyland would whip him into shape like only a chain smoking, Grandpa can.

FamousGrouse
4 years 4 months ago

Coco Crisp or Ryan Sweeney might be a good fit for Philly.

vonhayesdays
4 years 4 months ago

david dejesus would look better and hes a free agent next year

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 4 months ago

I’d rather have Bill Mazeroski as my second basemen than Luis Castillo.

4 years 4 months ago

How about Joe Morgan? He used to be someone other than a crazy person back in the day.

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 4 months ago

Not today, he’ll talk your ear off.

4 years 4 months ago

Wow, shows how little the yanks project montero’s defense if they think he won’t even handle half a backup’s role.

eponine
4 years 4 months ago

i’m worried about chase. i hope rehab goes well and he gets back out there.