ESPN’s Jayson Stark is reporting the Phillies are in preliminary talks with free agent Mike Piazza.
The Phillies are reportedly interested in providing a compliment to Mike Lieberthal behind the plate, a right-handed bat to spot Ryan Howard at first, and added power off the bench to help guide the Phillies past the rest of the AL West, er, NL East.
It’s striking what little faith the Phillies appear to have in Ryan Howard’s ability to hit left-handed pitching, almost like they’d rather not attempt to develop it. They shielded him against bad match-ups last season and he never fell into a slump.
Also striking is that the Phillies would rather see Lieberthal catch four days a week, which is another way of saying 'part-time,' which is another way of saying the sun is setting on Lieby's career.