Philadelphia Phillies Trade Rumors: Right-Handed Bats
The Phillies need a right-handed bat to balance out their lineup.
Philadelphia has been rumored to be on the hunt for a variety of right-handed options, particularly corner outfielders.
But what price will the Phillies pay in a deal for one of these rumored bats?
Here are some of the rumors floating around the Internet concerning the Phillies' search for another right-handed bat.
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According to http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=jp-passan_10_degrees_trade_deadline_beltran_072411 on Yahoo! Sports, the Phillies have labeled top pitching prospect Jared Cosart as "unavailable" in any trade.
This does not preclude the Phillies from talking about a deal for Beltran since there is still a wealth of young arms in the lower levels of the farm system.
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Will the Phillies rob their former general manager and current Astros GM Ed Wade once again?
According to http://www.csnphilly.com/07/22/11/Phils-target-Astros-Pence-Oswalt-makes-p/news_phillies.html?blockID=543003&feedID=704, the Phillies are targeting Astros right fielder Hunter Pence as their number one trade target.
However, the price is "very high." A package for Pence may include Domonic Brown, single-A first base prospect Jonathan Singleton or one of Philadelphia's prized pitching prospects.
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Late last week, the Phillies and Royals discussed Melky Cabrera, according to http://mlbbuzz.yardbarker.com/blog/mlbbuzz/source_phillies_royals_discussing_melky_cabrera/5636977 on Fox Sports.
These discussions have led to nothing more than exchanging names on the part of both teams.
However, Cabrera is having a fairly good offensive season, batting .298 with 12 HRs for Kansas City. Cabrera would be a decent consolation prize if the Phillies cannot acquire either Beltran or Pence.