Pat Burrell could be asked to switch to first base in a possible scenario that would send the left fielder to San Francisco.
Okay. We’ve established a third team on Pat Burrell’s short list. The previous two – the Yankees and Red Sox – don’t need him. But San Francisco could use him. The Giants are expected to part with nearly all of their high-price hitters, a list that includes Barry Bonds, Moises Alou, Pedro Feliz, Shea Hillenbrand, Steve Finley and Ray Durham.
With that in mind, it would be make sense for the Phillies to get something they actually need in return, like pitching. Hayes’ article mentioned closer Armando Benitez as a possible return, the combative right-hander who’s owed $7.5 million next season and has arthritic knees. He pitched only 41 games last season.
With the exception of Frank Thomas with Oakland, an organization that has a much better grasp on talent than the Phillies, acquiring another team’s broken down garbage generally doesn’t work. The Giants roster is not deep, but for any deal involving Burrell, who would provide the Giants with 25-30 homers and good OBP at first base for two seasons, or even in plain-old left field for two seasons, their asking price should start with 26-year-old left-hander Noah Lowry. They're also sitting on some attractive prospects, including left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. At some point, Pat Gillick must get out of the wholesale liquidation business. This could be his opportunity.