The Phillies and Astros had talks this winter about a trade involving Domonic Brown, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Heyman's tweet says that the Phillies weren't inclined to trade an outfielder, which makes sense, as does giving Brown at least one more chance before selling low.
Curious what the Phillies even wanted from the Astros. Maybe a few of their former prospects? Jonathan Singleton is Houston's No. 1 prospect, per MLB.com, and righthander Jarrod Cosart is ranked fourth. Those two headlined the July 2011 deal for Hunter Pence.
This is the second time this winter we've heard of a proposal for Brown. Several months ago it was reported that the Phillies were considering dealing Brown to the Cubs for Alfonso Soriano.
With Delmon Young likely out in April, Brown will get significant playing time in an outfield corner. There figures to be a right field platoon of Brown (vs. RHP) and John Mayberry (vs. LHP), and one in left field of Darin Ruf (vs. LHP) and Laynce Nix (vs. RHP).
Letting Brown and Ruf play against same-handed pitching at some point would be wise, but that probably won't happen early unless they impress in spring training.