Monday, October 22, 2007
helping out as well. However, what could the The Phillies infield is stacked with talent and they are all fairly young. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins already make them one of the best teams in baseball, with other fillers like Aaron Rowand, Pat Burrell, and Rule V Prospect Shane VictorinoPhillies do to get better? If their pitching can stay healthy, I would pick them to win the division again, but we will have to wait till it gets closer to Spring Training. Adding Mike Lowell would be great, but expensive, especially if they want to hold on to Aaron Rowand. The Phillies have some prospects waiting for their chance that could be expendable in certain situations. Adding Miguel Cabrera, who the Marlins are looking to trade, would complete that infield and make that lineup solid up and down. For the Marlins, it would make room in there payroll and ultimately make room for prospect Chris Coghlan at second while moving Uggla to third. They could offer Brett Myers, cash, and several prospects and still be a great team and put pressure on the aging Mets to improve. They have Hamels, Kendrick, Lieber, and hope to hold on to Kyle Lohse, while finding places for Moyer and Durbin. I think the Phillies have room for Rowand if they modify his contract to fit into their payroll, but if he decides to leave, they have Michael Bourn, Jason Werth, and other players around the league that are available. Greg Golson did pretty well for the Phillies in Double-A, and he is playing Fall Ball right now so he is a candidate in the outfield. According to the MLB Rumors East Coast Correspondent Steve Wilson, the Marlins have not ruled out any teams in trade negotiations, which makes this scenario more plausible. Most of these big trades will happen around the Winter Meetings, and I see not only the Phillies, but the Giants, Dodgers, Angels, and maybe the Yankees or Red Sox, depending on Lowell and Rodriguez, to be interested.