Ruben Amaro on Wednesday implied that the Phillies could still add an outfielder, in a report by Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Here we are again. The remaining free-agent outfielders are Scott Hairston (who will reportedly make a decision this week), Delmon Young, Juan Rivera, Ben Francisco, Ryan Sweeney, Ryan Raburn, Rick Ankiel and Bobby Abreu.
Michael Bourn is still out there and would make a bit of sense on a one-year deal, as he's the biggest upgrade regardless of the fit, but the Phils aren't in on him, according to Salisbury.
Amaro said the outfielder who may be added would "probably [be] a free agent," not part of a trade.
Amaro on signing Aaron Cook, Rodrigo Lopez and reliever Juan Cruz: "We’re just trying to protect ourselves as much as we can. The more depth we have the better. This gives us veteran guys so if someone goes down we don’t have to force our young guys. It’s also possible they could help in the bullpen. Anytime you can get depth without a huge [financial] commitment it’s a plus. And it creates a little competition, which is good.”
Amaro said Chase Utley is "doing very, very well" and doing baseball activities five days per week. Fingers remain crossed, but all signs are pointing toward Utley being ready for his first spring training in three years.
The news regarding Roy Halladay is also good. He is throwing in Florida and will ramp up his efforts in the next two weeks.