There's no question the Phillies need help in the outfield.

They lost Aaron Rowand this week. He signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the San Francisco Giants. They also sent Michael Bourn to the Houston Astros last month in the Brad Lidge trade.

Could help be near? The Phillies confirmed yesterday they have interest in free-agent outfielder Geoff Jenkins, who is believed to be mulling offers from them and the San Diego Padres.

The Phillies like Jenkins because he hits lefthanded, which means he could platoon in right field with righthanded-hitting Jayson Werth. He also can play left field, which means he could find himself in the lineup on days when Pat Burrell needs a rest or is struggling.

"Things are definitely heating up with Philly and San Diego," Jenkins' agent, Damon Lapa, told

Jenkins, 33, spent the first 10 years of his career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He is a career .277 hitter with 212 home runs and 704 RBIs. Jenkins batted.255 with 21 home runs and 64 RBIs in 132 games last season.

Other than Burrell, Werth and centerfielder Shane Victorino, the Phillies have outfielders Chris Snelling, Chris Roberson and T.J. Bohn on their 40-man roster.

The Phils continue to look for pitching help as well. Only a handful of players who were not offered contracts by their teams earlier this week have interested the Phillies, with relief pitcher Akinori Otsuka one of them.

The Texas Rangers declined to offer a contract to Otsuka on Wednesday, making him a free agent.

The Phillies do not have interest in righthander Mark Prior, let go by the Chicago Cubs earlier this week.