Phillies rumor roundup


The Inquirer's Jim Salisbury says Ruben Amaro is eyeing Placido Polanco, Adrian Beltre and Mark Derosa.

David Murphy of the Daily News throws out a couple new names that could be available - Pittsburgh's Andy LaRoche and San Diego's Kevin Kouzmanoff.

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In the words of the immortal George Costanza, greetings and salutations.

You may know me from MTC, but I'm excited to be a contributor to our new staff blog, Pattison Ave.

I'm not sure what the exact focus will be here, but hopefully we give you a place to stop at multiple times throughout the day.

Since there's nothing that lends itself to blogging quite like hot stove talk, here are some links and rumors to take a look at:

** The Phillies have shown interest in right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney, according to Rodney had 37 saves in 38 opportunities last season, posting a 4.40 ERA in 73 appearances. He struck out 61 and walked 41, while giving up eight homers. Rodney has spent the first seven seasons of his career in Detroit and will turn 33 before Opening Day. Click here for Rodney's career stats. And don't mind the first sentence on his player page (From Sept. 9: Rodney has been suspended for three games and fined for throwing a ball toward the stands following a game last week).

** Meanwhile, the same blog suggests Pat Burrell could be headed back to the National League. Per the post, the Cubs and Rays are discussing a possible swap of Burrell for Milton Bradley.

**'s Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are "pursuing [Chone] Figgins hard" as a replacement for Pedro Feliz. Per Heyman, the Phils could have competition in the Mets for Figgins. New York would want him as a possible second baseman or outfielder. Click here for Figgins' player page and career stats.

** And finally, since you can't listen to talk-radio for more than five minutes without hearing why the Phils should pursue Roy Halladay, a link that will serve as a punch to the stomach. Heyman reports that the Yankees will at least inquire about Halladay. Let's all slam our heads into our laptops together. On the count of three. One...two...