With the San Diego Padres trading for centerfielder Jim Edmonds, the Phillies are focusing in on Padres free-agent centerfielder Mike Cameron and remain in the running for free-agent outfielder Geoff Jenkins.
San Diego yesterday acquired Edmonds in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals, but according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, that does not mean the Padres have ended their pursuit of Jenkins. It means only that the Padres have ended their pursuit of Cameron, a free agent who was talking with them about a two-year contract.
The Phillies and Cameron talked earlier this month, but the Phillies backed away because Cameron was looking for too many years at that time. Talks apparently have reopened, and a baseball source said the Phillies and Cameron's agent have spoken recently, which was first reported on ESPN.com.
Cameron presumably would replace Aaron Rowand in center field, although Cameron would miss the first 25 games of the season because he tested positive for a second time for a banned substance.
The Cardinals sent the 37-year-old Edmonds to the Padres for a minor-leaguer and cash. The Cardinals will get minor-league third baseman David Freese.
The Phillies also continue to search for pitching. They will watch free-agent righthander Kris Benson throw tomorrow. Benson missed last season after surgery on his right shoulder. The Phillies also are considering free-agent righthander Sidney Ponson, who might sign a minor-league contract. That's because Ponson hasn't been in the majors since May 12 last season after the Twins released him. Ponson is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts in the Dominican winter league.