ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Phillies and Padres have "talked a lot" about a deal that would bring reliever Luke Gregerson and an outfielder to Philadelphia in exchange for "a package of young players."
Gregerson, 29, is 4-5 with a 2.98 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and three saves. He is primarily used as the set up man for closer Huston Street and has recorded 13 holds on the season. Gregerson is arbitration eligible for the next two seasons and is not scheduled to become a free agent until 2015.
The outfielder they are referring to is anybody's guess. CF Alexi Amarista, 24, is a possibility as a guy who can play wherever on the field. Another possibility is centerfielder Will Venable. The 30 year old is hitting .236/.279/.435 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI.
The part of this report that really scares me is the "package of young players" that would head back to the Padres. I don't know who they plan on parting with but these Padres are not young up-and-comers. Gregerson is 30 and Amarista is the only listed Padres outfielder that isn't already 30 years old.
I loved the idea of adding Gregerson to the bullpen dating back to 2011 when the Phillies were looking at then-Padres reliever Mike Adams in addition to Gregerson. The interesting part of Stark's report cites an NL executive that says the Phillies are tooling for next year without giving up hope on this year as well. Do they know something that we do not?
The trade deadline is quickly approaching. This could be a wild weekend on the transaction front.
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