Let's Make A Deal, Please

Here are the highlights from Jim Salisbury's report from Las Vegas in today's Inquirer:

Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed the Phillies are engaged in active trade talks. One of them could involve Mark DeRosa.

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The trade that could send Mark DeRosa to the Phillies is still alive.

"There are some deals that if a club would say yes, we'd get something done," Amaro said. "If one or two teams agree on something, we'll move on it."

Late last night, the fate of the deal among the Padres, Cubs and Phillies was in the Cubs' hands. The Cubs are for sale, so there were questions about whether they could take on the $63 million that Peavy is guaranteed in the next four seasons. Who might the Phils give up if the deal goes through? Rumblings have included lefty J.A. Happ in the deal, but some insiders have disputed that name, saying Kyle Kendrick could be included. The Phils also could include a catcher, possibly Jason Jaramillo.


Top prospect Jason Donald is not part of the proposed deal for DeRosa. However, an official from another team who had spoken to Phillies officials said the Phils were open to trading Donald in the right deal. The right deal could be for Minnesota outfielder Delmon Young. The Twins have a surplus of outfielders and are high on Donald.


Phillies officials arrived at the winter meetings Sunday night looking to add a leftfielder to replace Pat Burrell. In addition to DeRosa and Young, they have interest in free agent Raul Ibanez, who is also being pursued by the Mets. Interest in another free agent, Juan Rivera, seemed to wane yesterday. 


The Phils have investigated free-agent lefthanders Andy Pettitte and Randy Wolf. Wolf is interesting because the Phillies pursued him each of the previous two off-seasons only to be turned down. The Phillies felt Wolf used them to jack up his price for one of the West Coast teams he wanted to play for, which Wolf has denied. The Phils have discussed a contract with righthanded free agent Derek Lowe, but it's difficult to imagine them meeting the 35-year-old's desire for a five-year, $80 million contract.

"We like Derek Lowe, but he's not the only one we like," Amaro said. 


Charlie Manuel, who agreed yesterday to a contract extension through 2011, will make $1.5 million in 2009, $1.7 million in 2010 and $2.3 million in 2011.


John Gonzalez, Phil Sheridan and Ashley Fox talk about DeRosa possibly joining the Phillies.