Friday, January 26, 2007

New Aaron Rowand Trade Rumor

Buster Olney of is reporting that the Phillies and Padres are engaged in trade talks centering around Phillies CF Aaron Rowand. Hmm...interesting. (Oh, in case anybody ever follows the links, this rumor is Olney's but because it is behind the ESPN Insider wall I linked back to where it was mentioned on MLB Trade Rumors)

This rumor appears to have some legs to it for a couple of reasons: 1) Rowand's name has been tied to many a trade rumor this offseason...sometimes where there is smoke, there is fire, 2) it makes some sense for San Diego to be interested in obtaining another outfielder considering they go into spring training with only two sure-fire starting outfielders - CF Mike Cameron and RF Brian Giles, 3) the Phillies are rumored to want a relief pitcher in return...they've been hot after relief help for months now, and 4) Phillies management has gone out of their way to discuss their positive feelings about all things Jayson Werth over the past few weeks...Pat Gillick especially seems really, really confident that Werth is ready to contribute something substantial in 2007.

The rumored bullpen arm coming back to the Phillies is where things get dicey - the Padres have a pretty good pen, chock full of interesting arms, but it is hard to say how much they value Rowand at this point in time. Scott Linebrink would undoubtedly be the Phils top target, but he would almost certainly be too steep a price for the Padres to pay...right? Same probably goes for Cla Meredith, though he is far less of a known quantity than Linebrink at this point. Assuming the Phillies will be denied both Meredith and Linebrink, is there a fit? Potentially...random names to consider include RHPs Andrew Brown, Heath Bell, and Scott Cassidy. Any of those names would work (I've long been a fan of Bell, a former Met prospect), but the Phillies may want a bit more to sweeten the deal.

Deal I'd Like to See:

OF Aaron Rowand for OF Paul McAnulty and RHRP Heath Bell/Andrew Brown

Bell or Brown would help out in the bullpen in '07 and beyond and McAnulty could serve as a potential platoon mate with Jayson Werth in right (McAnulty destroyed righties in AAA last year - he hit .330/.416/.580 in 348 at bats while Werth has a slight advantage against lefties in his big league career).


Blogger GM-Carson said...

That's an interesting trade proposal you've made, but I don't think it's a good enough return for Rowand. Although you may be high on Bell, I want a proven commodity.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous malphie said...

Add this one to the list of stinkies: Danny Sandoval and Corey & Carson. Seriously, what did he ever do to you guys?

1:44 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

While Rowand may be our most expendable position player, we still need to rid ourselves of a starter. Victorino would be better in center but I can't honestly feel comfortable starting 2007 with Werth in RF. Maybe if he is hitting well in spring training then we can pull the trigger on this deal...but that is a big maybe.

1:36 PM  

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