Desperate for pitching, the GM Pat Gillick and the Phillies are making the rounds at Winter Meetings. Here are the latest hot stove discussion points from Todd Zolecki's Wednesday-morning piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- The Phillies are expected to talk with the Los Angeles Dodgers for a third time to discuss a deal that would send Bobby Abreu and possibly David Bell to the Dodgers for Derek Lowe and Brad Penny. Lowe and Penny are in the second year of expensive multi-year contracts.
- Sources say the Phils are “trying like crazy” to move David Bell. Zolecki sites one agent who said the Phils are willing to eat part of his contract.
- Other pitchers listed as “available” in trades included left-hander Odalis Perez of the Dodgers and former Phillies pitcher Adam Eaton of the San Diego Padres.
- Zolecki also reminds readers of the Blue Jay’s current situation after the signing of free agent A.J. Burnett. The Jays have a number of extra arms, including Ted Lilly, who has been involved in hot stove rumors since the dawn of the hot stove.
The most important idea worth taking away from this piece is the Phillies are desperate to add pitching without taking on more salary. News that third baseman David Bell is being shopped so intensively, in addition to the persistency of rumors involving Abreu, leads one to believe that cutting salary is as much of a priority this offseason as adding the parts needed to win a championship.