Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has reported that the Phillies have contacted free agent outfielder B.J. Surhoff to gauge his interest in joining the club. Surhoff turns 42 in August and has played the last three seasons in Baltimore.
In 303 games, Surhoff, a left-handed hitter, hit .257 with a .282 OBP and .356 SLG, some of the worst numbers of his career.
If he's given an offer and accepts, the 19-year veteran would represent another addition with ties to GM Pat Gillick, who signed Surhoff as a free agent before the 1996 season and was with him the entire time he was GM in Baltimore.
Since 1987, including stops in Milwaukee, Baltimore and Atlanta, Surhoff is a .288 career hitter with 188 homers and a .413 slugging percentage. He has not reached 10 homers in a season since 2001, when he tore a ligament in his right knee and underwent season-ending surgery.
Defensively, he would provide some versatility. Recently, he has been used primarily as a corner outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter. He lives in Baltimore.