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Philadelphia Phillies: Josh Willingham and 5 Possible Deadline Additions

TCorrespondent IIIJune 27, 2011

Philadelphia Phillies: Josh Willingham and 5 Possible Deadline Additions

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    Despite being recently placed on the 15-day disabled list, Oakland's Josh Willingham remains a possible addition to the Phillies roster via a deadline deal.

    Not to beat a dead horse, but a right handed bat is sorely needed in this line-up.

    If Willingham returns in time from Achilles injury, he would be an attractive option as a trade target.

Jeff Francoeur

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    Francoeur could have been a free agent addition this past offseason for the Phillies, but Philadelphia balked at the outfielder's tendency to strikeout at a high rate.

    However, Francoeur is batting .264 with 10 HR and 46 RBI, which is far and away more than the combination of Francisco and Brown has produced thus far.

    Maybe as a half-season rental, Francoeur would appear to be a better pick up for Amaro and the Phillies.

Tyler Clippard

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    The bullpen is getting a little thin due to injuries in the starting rotation and the bullpen.

    Clippard would fill the void left by Jose Contreras as the seventh inning man or the spot left empty by Kyle Kendrick in the long relief role.

Grant Balfour

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    Another relief option to solidify the bullpen is Oakland's Grant Balfour.

    4-1 with a 2.48 and 35 K's, Balfour is a reliable right handed option for the seventh inning and possibly a set-up man role alongside lefty Antonio Bastardo.

    Michael Stutes has filled in admirably in many roles, but a veteran like Balfour would go a long way to sustaining the bullpen's early success.

Ryan Spilborghs

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    Spilborghs would be most desirable if he was a bench player and not relied upon to contribute to an offense that needs a jolt at times.

    However, he might be right in the Phillies price range, as they are right up against the luxury tax threshold.

Brian Fuentes

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    Another left handed option is needed in the bullpen.

    Bastardo has been spectacular this year, but with the dismissal of J.C. Romero, a second lefty is needed.

    Juan Perez was called up recently from Triple-AAA Lehigh Valley, but is wildly inconsistent in the strike zone.

    Fuentes would be a solid, veteran addition alongside the young, developing Bastardo.

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