Scouts were out in droves Sunday, with the Angels, Dodgers, Rangers, Pirates, Tigers, Marlins, and Giants reportedly on hand at Coors Field to watch the Cole Hamels show. While Hamels remains at the center of trade speculation, the Phillies were conducting their own due diligence. [Link]
According to Jim Salisbury on Twitter, the Phillies scouted the first-place Reds Sunday. The Reds, who would look much better with a true lead-off hitter and some higher batting averages in their lineup, have reportedly shown interest in Juan Pierre, and could also be a fit for Shane Victorino. The Reds were hoping center fielder Drew Stubbs would pick up the slack, but despite his formidable defensive and base-running tools, his .212/.281/.358 slash line has forced the Reds' hand. It's gotten so bad, the Reds even turned to Wilson Valdez in center field. While Pierre hasn't been a regular center fielder since 2007, his bat would play very well in the Reds' lineup. A vintage Victorino, who is a proven winner in the postseason, would solve many of the Reds' problems. Buster Olney reported that the asking price for Victorino is high right now. In return, the Phils could actually look at Stubbs, who is controllable and the type of project athlete the Phillies target. Or they could consider local product Chris Heisey, who may be a better fourth outfielder option than John Mayberry going forward.
Salisbury also tweeted that the Dodgers, were were among the teams represented at Coors Sunday, could also look toward Jimmy Rollins. They've also been linked to Victorino. One executive who spoke with FoxSports predicts he will be the first big name traded.