Is Josh Willingham Coming to Philadelphia?

Jared ShermanContributor IJuly 21, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 13:  Josh Willingham #16 of the Washington Nationals bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 13, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

According to Scout.com the Phillies and Nats could be working on a potential deal for outfielder and right-hand bat Josh Willingham.

Willingham, in his first season with the Nationals, has 12 home runs in 246 at bats, and would be an excellent fit off the bench for a Phillies team desperate for a consistent right-handed bench player.

The report thinks the Nats would be interested in pitching and Willingham, making $3 million this season and arbitration eligible for the next two seasons, wouldn’t cost the Phils much in terms of star potential.

Just to throw some names out there as potential bait for Willingham the Phils have starters Vance Worley, Joe Savery, and Mike Stutes at Double-A Reading. None I would consider top-of-the-rotation guys, but all should have some future in the big leagues.

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