The latest from FoxSports Ken Rosenthal finds the Phillies in pursuit of Colorado outfielder Matt Holliday and closer Brian Fuentes. [Link]
"The Phillies were working multiple fronts before acquiring right-hander Joe Blanton from the A's," Rosenthal writes. "Among the possibilities that reached a standstill: A blockbuster for Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday and closer Brian Fuentes."
"The talks probably will not revive, major-league sources said, even though the teams continue to scout each other and the Phillies used different players to obtain Blanton than they would need for Holliday and Fuentes," he continues. For Holliday and Fuentes, the Phillies probably would need to part with a package of Shane Victorino, left-hander J.A. Happ, Class AA right-hander Carlos Carrasco and Class AA catcher Lou Marson. Holliday would play right field, with Jayson Werth taking over full-time in center, then return to left next season if Pat Burrell departed as a free agent. After that, Holliday, too, would become a free agent."
In addition, Jim Salisbury of the Inquirer reports Colorado scouted Carrasco last night in Bowie.