Match Game: Potential Phillies Trade Partners

Putting on our GM hats, Philly Baseball News put together a list of some teams who might fit well with the Phillies when trade talk heats up at the Winter Meetings next week. Remember, these are just some potential ideas and are NOT deals that we've heard thrown around.

Arizona Diamondbacks: The D'backs need a second baseman, but could solve that problem by moving Mark Reynolds over to second, but that would mean they needed a third baseman. What if the Phillies sent Pedro Feliz to Arizona for outfielder Eric Byrnes? Byrnes is coming off a catastrophe of a season (.209/.272/.369), but had back-to-back seasons of 20-plus home runs in 2006 and 2007, while hitting a combined .277 over those seasons. He's a right-handed hitter who plays a more than solid left field and can also play in either center or right, plus, he can swipe some bases (79 SB over the past three seasons).

The problem is that Byrnes has a full no-trade clause that he would have to waive to come to the Phillies. He's also owed $22 million over the next two seasons, but the Phillies owe Feliz $4.5 million for 2009 and to buyout 2010 and a full $11 million if they would pick up his option for 2010, so the cost isn't too horrible.

Moving Feliz would allow Jason Donald to break into third base slowly and platoon with Greg Dobbs, whenever Donald is ready for the majors.

Boston Red Sox: By the time the Winter Meetings get underway on Monday, the Red Sox will know whether Jason Varitek accepted their offer of arbitration or not. If he hasn't they will intensify their search for a catcher and even if he has, they wouldn't mind adding another catcher to the mix. Clay Buchholz looked like a superstar in the making in 2007, but was a falling star making a thud in 2008. Buchholz pitched well in the Arizona Fall League and the Phillies might be interested in sending one of their catchers to Boston in a deal for Buchholz. If Varitek doesn't re-sign, then Carlos Ruiz would be an option and if he does re-sign, perhaps Boston would have an interest in Jason Jaramillo. In a lot of ways, the Red Sox and Phillies could have some matches to be made and look for them to spend some time together at the Winter Meetings in Vegas next week.

Chicago Cubs: The Cubs need a left-handed bat for their lineup and Geoff Jenkins might be a fit. The Cubs have left-handers Sean Marshall and Rich Hill, who they would consider dealing and one of them might be a replacement for Jamie Moyer if he were to decide not to re-sign with the Phillies.

Cincinnati Reds: As luck would have it, the Phillies are one of the teams with some young catchers that are piling up in their system. The Reds are looking for a young catcher and seem fixated on Gerald Laird from Texas. What if the Phillies were to send Jason Jaramillo to Cincinnati for outfielder Ryan Freel, who they have coveted for a number of years now. Freel battled a variety of injuries in 2008 and is owed $4 million in '09, but the Phillies can eat that. Freel doesn't replace any of Pat Burrell's power, but he can play all three outfield positions and is the type of gritty, dirt-loving player that fans in Philadelphia truly appreciate.

Florida Marlins: With Florida doing their annual payroll dump, they might make Ricky Nolasco available. The Marlins are considering going with rookie John Baker as their catcher, but may prefer to go with someone a bit more proven. You have to wonder if the Marlins would send Nolasco to Philadelphia if the Phillies parted with Carlos Ruiz and Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick would give the Marlins an up-and-coming pitching prospect and Ruiz gives them a cheap catcher with major league experience. The Phillies then let Jaramillo and Lou Marson battle for the catcher's job in spring training.

Kansas City Royals: The Royals need a lot of pieces, but they have to be young and inexpensive. Surprisingly, they have let it be known that right-hander Zack Greinke could be had for the right package of players. If the Phillies could find a way to pry Greinke away from the Royals, their starting rotation would be better and would get even younger. Remember that Mike Arbuckle is now in the Royals front office, so the Phillies won't be able to oversell any of their prospects. Jason Donald, J.A. Happ and Jason Jaramillo for Greinke? It's a lot to give, but Greinke is just 25 and threw 202 innings last season with a 3.47 ERA and a 13-10 record with a team that finished 12 games under .500 in 2008.

Minnesota Twins: One of the bigger deals made last season brought outfielder Delmon Young to the Twins from the Tampa Bay Rays. While Young put up nice numbers (.290/.336/.405) last season, manager Ron Gardenhire thought he was under-producing and isn't one of his biggest fans. Young has a lot of talent, but Gardenhire has had his say and Young is back on the trade block. Minnesota needs a third baseman (Pedro Feliz?) and could also use bullpen help. It would depend on what the Twins want, but something might be able to get worked out to bring Young to Philly.

San Diego Padres: Since the Padres traded Khalil Greene to St. Louis, they are in the market for a shortstop. No, they can't have Jimmy Rollins, but perhaps the Phillies would consider a package starting with shortstop Jason Donald in a deal for Jake Peavey. So far, the Phillies haven't been mentioned in any deal that would send Peavey out of San Diego and they're not shopping Donald, who multiple teams have asked about this off-season, but if Peavey was the return, it might be worth it. Perhaps Donald, J.A. Happ and another decent prospect would get the deal for Peavey off the ground.



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