Suggesting they aren't completely satisfied, the Phillies were spotted by the LA Times scouting Dodgers outfielder Delwyn Young, who was designated for assignment yesterday. Young has already been acquired by the Pirates.
Note to self: check Rotoworld first thing in the morning. I had an entire post written on the possibility of adding Delwyn Young and decided to check Rotoworld at the last minute before publishing. Good thing I did; he's already off the board, which is a shame, because he would have been a steal. Young, 26, was out of options and hit .246/.321/.341 in 146 injury-plagued plate appearances with the Dodgers last season, suffering from a strained oblique and playing through elbow problems. A former second baseman who was converted to outfield, he ran into roadblocks once he reached the Major League level, finding it hard to crack the lineup due to a logjam in the Los Angeles outfield. According to Baseball Prospectus, he even worked as the bullpen catcher to keep himself busy. His last completely healthy season was 2007 in Triple-A Las Vegas, where he hit .337/.384/.571 with 17 homers in 537 plate appearances, splitting that season with Los Angeles, where he hit .382/.417/.647. A switch hitter, BP sees long-term possibilities as a .330 OBP/.450 SLG fourth outfielder. We could have used some of that.
Meanwhile, in other hot stove news, MLB Network's Jon Heyman speculated that the Phillies might be one of the teams interested in free agent pitcher Pedro Martinez, but stressed that it was only speculation on his part. Pedro is part of a notable cast of available free agents, a list that includes Damion Easley, Javier Valentin, Wily Mo Pena, Mike Lamb, Jim Edmonds, Ray Durham, Frank Thomas and others.
Notes: The good people at the Reading Eagle compiled an online tribute tribute Harry Kalas, which can be found here. ... Checking the scoreboard, Florida downed the Braves 5-1 to take an early lead in the NL East. Marlins hurler and Beerleaguer fantasy bargain Chris Volstad pitched seven strong innings for the Fish.