With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Chad Tracy stepped to the plate looking to tie the game with one swing of the bat. Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler chirped, and chirped, and chirped that "Tracy is looking to turn on an inside pitch and hit it out to rightfield." If he said it once, he said it 10 times.
As Tracy continued to foul pitches off, he got his pitch. A two-out, two-strike fastball on the inside part of the plate and hit it into the right field seats. The Phillies would win it in the bottom half of the ninth to get Jonathan Papelbon his first win of the year but he also earned his first blown save.
Ironically enough, a report from Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe yesterday states that the Phillies believe to have interest from three teams about the availability of their All-Star closer. The Cardinals, Red Sox, and Tigers are the three teams mentioned to be interested in Papelbon.
It is hard to see the Cardinals parting with a prospect that would satisfy Phillies fans for Papelbon (most notable prospect is OF Oscar Taveras). A reunion in Boston would be a little strange but maybe? The Tigers seem like the obvious fit. The team has been looking for a closer for months and have resorted to resigning last year's closer Jose Valverde, who was less than reliable out of the bullpen.
The Tigers do have one very interesting trade chip that could help the Phillies if they'd be willing to part with him: Nick Castellanos. The 21 year old outfielder has spent much of his professional baseball at third base but moved to the outfield because he is blocked by reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera. He was the 2012 Futures Game MVP. The 2010 supplemental round pick is the 20th overall, and Detroit's top, prospect according to MLB.com. Castellanos can hit for average and power as he is hitting .293/.368/.477 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 72 games in Triple-A this year.
Papelbon, along with Castellanos, are certainly guys to keep an eye on as trade rumors begin to swirl with July quickly approaching.
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