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Philadelphia Phillies Trade Rumors: Right-Handed Bats

TCorrespondent IIIOctober 9, 2016

Philadelphia Phillies Trade Rumors: Right-Handed Bats

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    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.

Carlos Beltran

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    The Phillies had been rumored as the front runner to get Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran via trade, however, the asking price may be too steep for Philadelphia.

    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.

Hunter Pence

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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.

Melky Cabrera

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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.

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