A roundup of off-season Phillies news, including offerings from today.
-- Last week, Phillies management reportedly learned that Aaron Rowand would be seeking a six-year, $84 million contract, a report that was later denied. According to several reports, Rowand has expressed a desire to remain with the club, however, the general belief is the Phils are not optimistic they’ll be able to resign him following his career year in 2007. It’s widely believed the Cardinals will take a run at Rowand, according to a report in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
-- A solid bid from has been made to buy the Phillies, according to Stan Hochman reporting on ComcastSports Daily News Live last week, but the offer was rejected. Hochman’s source indicated there is a holdout owner among the limited partnership and that the prospective buyers, reportedly based in Philadelphia, plan to approach that owner to convince them to sell. The Phillies, including President Dave Montgomery, denied any movement to sell the team, with Phillies Vice President for public relations Larry Shenk stepping forward and calling the report “totally ridiculous and absurd."
-- Curt Schilling would consider returning to the Phillies, and reports are the Phils will seriously consider having him.
-- If George Steinbrenner fires Joe Torre, Mariano Rivera could leave the Yanks. Should Rivera leave, the Phillies will pursue him, according to one report.
-- Free agent to be Mike Lowell has given some thought to signing with the Phillies next season, according to Daily News writer Paul Hagen.
-- The Phillies have restated their preference in having Brett Myers remain as the closer. Should the Phillies pursue Rivera or another closer option, that plan could change, according to Phillies.com.
-- Pat Gillick expressed satisfaction with the current catching setup of Carlos Ruiz and Chris Coste. Keeping with Gillick, the Phillies GM has downplayed the role of minor league pitching for next season, looking instead at 2009.
-- According to Phillies.com, the Phillies are interested in having J.C. Romero back, possibly for multiple seasons.