Jim Salisbury caught up with Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. today at the GM Meetings in Milwaukee. Among the topics discussed, Amaro said they haven't made headway on the addition of a bat and reaffirmed that free agency is probably their best course of action, although he said he had spoken with several clubs today. He also suggested the club has interest in signing Cole Hamels to a long-term deal, but has not entered into a negotiation. He also mentioned the club plans to address Shane Victorino's long-term status down the road.
In Salisbury's latest update, which you can read here, Amaro said the Phillies' focus is on shortstop as the club has held numerous conversations with Jimmy Rollins' agent. To find out what Amaro has planned for the Phils' arbitration-eligible players: Kyle Kendrick, Wilson Valdez and Ben Francisco, read here.
On a related note, the Phillies held a private workout Tuesday for Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Find out who was there and how it went here.
Beerleaguer: Free agency might be the focus when it comes to guys like Rollins or Michael Cuddyer, but there are a coupe of scenarios where Amaro could try to swing a deal. Areas like catcher, bullpen and cheaper alternatives to Cuddyer (infield/outfield corner guy) come to mind. Amaro might have also touched base about possible non-tender candidates across the league.