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.


35 Responses to Stark On Phillies, Marlins, Young, Morgan, Astros Leave a Reply

  1. NL_East_Rivalry 4 years 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 ago

      Maybe Rowand can come back to form in Philly?

      • 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 ago

          The Phillies can’t afford his hideous contract.

          • 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.

          • 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 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 ago

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

  2. Threat_Level_RedSox 4 years 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 ago

      What prospects are you talking about?

      • dbreer23 4 years ago

        Matt Dominguez

        • Dave_Gershman 4 years 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 ago

      Cameron Maybin? Andrew Miller?

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

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

  3. NL_East_Rivalry 4 years 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 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 ago

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

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

  4. Threat_Level_RedSox 4 years ago

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

  5. Dave_Gershman 4 years 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 ago

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

    • No, Revere is most definitely unavailable.

      • Dave_Gershman 4 years ago

        Do explain.

        • 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.

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

  6. Threat_Level_RedSox 4 years ago

    Adam Miller, Jermey Hermida and Cameron Maybin.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      hermida doesn’t really belong on that list

  7. JacksTigers 4 years 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.

  8. FamousGrouse 4 years ago

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

    • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

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

  9. Smrtbusnisman04 4 years ago

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

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

  11. eponine 4 years ago

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

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