Winter Meetings: The Final Day
It's the last day of the winter meetings in Las Vegas.
Oh, well. Life goes on. The Phillies traded catcher Jason Jaramillo to the Pittsburgh Pirates last night for catcher Ronny Paulino. Paulino and Chris Coste will compete to be Carlos Ruiz's backup. Lou Marson, the organization's catcher of the future, is expected to open the season in triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies remain hopeful they can acquire Mark DeRosa from the Chicago Cubs in a three-team trade that would send Jake Peavy to Chicago. DeRosa remains in play, but the Cubs don't really want to trade him. That could be a problem. Especially because other teams are in on DeRosa, including the Minnesota Twins. That could jack up the price.
The Inquirer's Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies are ready to send two prospects to Chicago to get DeRosa. The Cubs would spin those prospects in a package for Peavy. The Phillies have submitted a list of prospects, from which the Padres can pick two. The list likely includes pitchers J.A. Happ, Kyle Kendrick and Edgar Garcia. Jaramillo was on the list before being dealt to Pittsburgh. Other prospects are also on the list, and the veteran Coste could be had. It is unlikely that top pitching prospect Carlos Carrasco is available.
Some reports have said that infielder Jason Donald could be in the deal, but sources say he is not. Donald, however, could be available in a different trade. The Phils are not eager to trade Donald and would have to get top quality in return if they did. If the Phils do not land DeRosa, they could turn their attention to Minnesota's Delmon Young.
Ruben Amaro Jr. reported no progress on negotiations with free-agent lefthander Jamie Moyer.
The Phils would like to sign Moyer to a one-year deal with an option. Moyer, who won 16 games in 2008, is likely seeking a two-year deal.
The winter meetings end this morning with the Rule 5 draft. The Phillies traditionally like to be active in the draft - it got them Shane Victorino in Dec. 2004 - but this year's pickings are slim and it doesn't help that 25 teams pick before the Phillies.
Yahoo! Sports reports the Phillies are close to signing righthander Chan Ho Park.
If the Phillies sign Park, he would seem to the multiple innings relief pitcher they have been looking for. He also can start, which gives the Phillies flexibility and a little more depth should they end up trading Kendrick or Happ to get DeRosa.
You could see plenty of Phillies in the World Baseball Classic.