Phillies Rumors: Fuentes, Sabathia, etc.

Monday, June 23, 2008 ·

Currently, the Phillies seem to be the front-runner to land 32-year old left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes.

The Mets and New York Yankees are among the five major suitors for Colorado closer Brian Fuentes. The Red Sox, Phillies and A's also are vying for Fuentes, who entered the weekend with 13 saves and a 2.05 ERA.

Philadelphia has indicated it would include 22-year-old righty Fabio Castro in a deal, which makes the Phils the early front-runners.
[New York Post]

It should be noted that Castro is a lefty and not a righty. I have a feeling that the Phillies are going to really and try and push for a World Series try this year, even if it depletes their farm system. Acquiring Fuentes would likely move him into the set-up role and it'd shift Gordon to the 7th and JC Romero would become the lefty specialist...making $4 million a year. Since 2005, Fuentes has been a very good reliever for Colorado and he has racked up 94 saves during the four-year span. He'll be a free agent in the off-season.

Fabio Castro is only 22, but he is 5'7" and has been getting rocked as a reliever this year. In his 9 starts for Reading, Castro was 3-0 with a 4.12 ERA and a 40/20 K/BB ratio. As a reliever, he was 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA and a 13/11 K/BB ratio in 15 innings. Phuture Phillies do not even rate him as a top 30 prospect, so it would be a good move for the Phillies. Castro has some years to improve, but they're not giving away the farm in him.

Also, it appears that the Phillies to feel that this year is one of their prime opportunites to make the World Series and their name will be involved in every top pitching name available. From the Boston Globe,
Phillies: A team official said they are beating the bushes for one more starting pitcher. They'll be in on just about anybody who becomes available, perhaps a No. 2 or No. 3 type. They would also be in on a No. 1 such as C.C. Sabathia if the Indians are serious about peddling him or Erik Bedard if the Mariners rip things apart. They are also taking a good look at A.J. Burnett, who has an opt-out, as well as Bronson Arroyo and Derek Lowe. The official said the Phillies see this year as a prime opportunity to make it to the World Series.
Does ownership finally feel like they owe us something. Trading for Sabathia or Bedard would be a great move, especially because they'd have to move Carlos Carrasco, their #1 or #2 prospect for either trade to happen.

John Perrotto from Baseball prospects has also named the Phillies to be one of Sabathia's suitors, along with the Yankees, Cubs, Red Sox, Rays, and Angels.

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