George A. King III of the New York Post reported Sunday that the Phillies have interest in Ramiro Pena, a 26-year-old all-glove, no-bat switch hitter specializing in shortstop, third and second. Pena, who sprained his right ankle on Thursday while stealing a bag but is expected to be fine, has played in parts of three seasons for the Yankees between 2009-11, starting 79 games at third, short and second. For his career, he is a .233/.266/.288 hitter in 334 plate appearances. He's arbitration eligible next season.
Beerleaguer: This is the first report I've seen linking the Phillies to a particular infielder; every other report has been speculative (Ryan Theriot, Mike Fontenot, Chris Getz, etc.) If accurate, it's telling. It tells me they're looking to manage expectations; they're looking for someone to start the season on the bench behind Freddy Galvis, the way Mini Mart would have, with no guarantees beyond that. Secondly, this person has to be dirt cheap.