-According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Phillies have narrowed their focus on both Mike Adams and Ryan Ludwick of the San Diego Padres after missing out on Carlos Beltran, who heads to the Giants. He will be in the lineup tonight, by the way, for San Francisco.
I’m not a big fan of Ludwick, as I’ve stated here previously. And you know that getting both Ludwick and Adams will be quite expensive. Adams has been ridiculous out of the bullpen this season and would automatically push the Phillies bullpen into a new stratosphere. He’s also under control for another year, so if Ryan Madson were to leave, he could close.
Is anyone against pillaging the farm system for a mediocre bat and a relief pitcher?
-The Phillies reportedly were thinking of offering up Domonic Brown in a move for Hunter Pence after being shot down with another deal. The other trade offer was Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart, and another mid-level prospect.
Too much for Pence? Not enough? Do you trade Brown and more for Pence? Houston doesn’t REALLY need to deal him but they are under pressure to shed some payroll. It looks like the Phillies are stepping back at this time.
-The other guy out there is Carlos Quentin. I’m a fan of his, although his defense is suspect, but I know there is differing opinion on him coming to Philadelphia.
Where do you stand on Quentin? He’s putting up solid numbers with the White Sox (.262, 20 HR, 62 RBI), but also struggles against lefties. He’s a .222 hitter against left-handed pitching, but this year that number is up to .275 in just under 100 at-bats (small sample-size alert).