The Indians have reportedly agreed on a four-year deal with Nick Swisher, this coming less than 24 hours after Cody Ross decided on the Diamondbacks. That leaves a shallow pool of outfielders the Phils would do best to avoid.
Beerleaguer: If the Phillies' outfield falls flat, they'll just need to address it at the trade deadline, a time when corner outfielders are typically available. The pros of signing an aging, risky free agent corner outfielder this winter never truly outweighed the cons of marginalizing young, controllable players who could be eased in and protected via platoon. With so few outfield options available at this point, the Phils would do well to zero in on the best available upgrade, regardless of position, which could mean someone like Tampa left-hander J.P. Howell to firm up the bullpen. As Beerleaguer Hall of Famer, clout, pointed out in the previous thread, the Phils may have missed the boat on left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, who signed for two years, $6 million with Milwaukee after pitching to a 2.88 ERA in his first full-time bullpen duty with Washington.
Nailing down a guy like Howell would allow the Phillies to head north from Clearwater with a loaded 'pen packed with arms who truly belong in the Show. On the flipside, sign a guy like Scott Hairston and the outfield remains a mystery.