Inquirer staff writer Jim Salisbury reports:
The trade that would have brought Chicago Cubs infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa to the Phillies appears dead.
DeRosa would have gone to the Phils in a three-way deal that also involved the San Diego Padres. The Cubs were trying to get Padres pitcher Jake Peavy and hoped to acquire prospects from the Phillies in order to facilitate the deal.
This morning, however, Cubs GM Jim Hendry told Padres GM Kevin Towers that he wasn't going to do the deal.
The Phillies had envisioned DeRosa providing insurance at second base for Chase Utley, who is recovering from hip surgery. He would also have played leftfield.
These type of glitches happen often in complex trade talks. You never know when things could be rekindled.
The Phillies will continue looking for a leftfielder, maybe free agent Raul Ibanez or Minnesota's Delmon Young.
Also, the Phils selected righthanded-pitcher Robert Mosebach from the Angels in the Rule 5 draft. The Phils lost no players in the major league phase of the draft.
The Phils are working on hammering out a deal with pitcher Chan Ho Park, who would work in relief.
Haines, 26, spent last season with double-A Connecticut, where he hit .261 (91-348) with 43 RBI in 105 games. A 31st-round selection of the Giants in 2004, Haines is hitting .270 (291-1078) with five home runs and 120 RBI in 336 career games.
Diaz, 24, combined to hit .253 (95-376) with four home runs, 37 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 107 games between single-A Lake Elsinore and triple-A Portland. Signed as an amateur free agent by the Padres on August 7, 2002, Diaz is hitting .277 (477-1724) with 16 home runs, 155 RBI and 151 stolen bases in 479 career games.
Three players in the Phillies’ minor league system were selected by other teams in the triple-A phase of the draft, catcher Richard Suomi by Kansas City and righthanders Brett Harker and Ronald Hill, both by Florida.