Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told FoxSports scribe Ken Rosenthal that his club is taking a "really broad look" at the market in order to prioritize several needs. History shows us the Phils may do otherwise.
Under Amaro, there's been a noticable shift toward working from the outside in by fortifying the bench first and zeroing in on specific targets. It was a year ago today when the Phils made their first significant free agent move of the 2011-12 offseason by signing Jim Thome to a one-year contract, a move that was months in the making. The move set the stage for a busy month of dealing. Ten days later, the Phils bolted down the ninth inning for the next four years by signing Jonathan Papelbon to an enormous $50 million contract, and by the end of November, they secured most of their bench parts by re-signing catcher Brian Schneider and dealing for Colorado utilityman Ty Wigginton.
November has also become the time in which they cast a wide net and troll for minor league free agents. They've managed to find keepers in each of the last three Novembers, signing infielder Wilson Valdez in 2009, catcher Erik Kratz in 2010 and Kevin Frandsen and Raul Valdes in 2011.
Upton: As Rosenthal's source put it, "There are no coincidences in baseball" when asked whether there was a correlation between the Phillies adding a front office advisor and hitting coach with deep ties to free agent outfielder BJ Upton. [Link]