Now that several free agent outfielders have fallen off the board, the Phillies' best strategy to replace Jayson Werth might be through a trade.
According to a new report, the White Sox are actively looking to move Carlos Quentin. Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times says the White Sox are seeking a package that would include bullpen help, but that the Sox "are asking a lot so far." A November report by Jayson Stark suggested that the Phillies have done "extensive" groundwork on a potential trade for the 28-year-old outfielder, who hit .243/.342/.479 (117 OPS+) with 26 homers and 87 RBIs a season ago. Quentin, who finished fifth in AL MVP voting in 2008, is controllable and is set to become a free agent in 2013. He earned $3.2 million in his second arbitration year last season. The Sox, who signed Adam Dunn and re-signed Paul Konerko to a three-year, $37 million deal on Thursday, are very thin in their bullpen.
Beerleaguer: The initial thought was that it would take Domonic Brown to get the conversation started, but considering how the offseason has unfolded for the White Sox, they have to shift gears away from the offense and focus on the bullpen. Ryan Madson would almost certainly interest them. But would Madson, who is a free agent after the season, be enough? Or too much? Would a young arm like Antonio Bastardo sweeten the pot? And would they consider Ben Francisco an acceptable stopgap for their outfield? Dealing Madson would be a major sacrifice, a loss they would need to address by making another deal, either through free agency or a trade. And the Phillies would also sacrifice defense by starting Quentin, who is considered a defensive liability and an injury risk.
Honestly, the logic is there. This seems like a match ...