Updating the latest Phillies news as of 3:40 p.m. ET.
-- Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols received 18 of the 32 first-place votes, 10 seconds and two thirds, edging runner up Ryan Howard, who finished with 12 firsts, eight seconds and six thirds. Brad Lidge finished eighth and got two first-place votes. Chase Utley finished 15th.
-- The Phillies are looking at Juan Cruz, according to FoxSports. The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA for the Diamondbacks last season. He’s a Type A free agent. Reports have also listed Russ Springer, Doug Brocail and David Weathers as possibilities for the Phils. Springer, Brocail and Weathers are solid veteran options, but of the four, I’m highest on the fireballer Cruz, a guy named 18th most desirable free agent on the entire market, according to Keith Law.
-- Scott Proefrock, who spent the past three years as director of baseball administration in Baltimore, has been hired to fill the final assistant general manager position. Proefrock, selected over Jim Duquette, Wayne Krivsky and Muzzy Jackson, will handle Major League contracts and roster composition, according to Phillies.com.