Friday, November 7, 2008

Are the Phils interested in Matt Holliday?

It appears we have our first full-fledged rumor of this offseason. Apparently the Colorado Rockies are shopping outfielder Matt Holliday and it looks like the world champion Philadelphia Phillies could be a fit.

Depending on who you believe the Phils may have to include Gold Glove center fielder Shane Victorino in a deal. Some people feel, though, that the Phils have enough prospects to get the deal done without even having to include Victorino.

Some of the prospects being bandied about include catcher Lou Marson, shortstop Jason Donald and pitcher Carlos Carrasco.

Of course, the problem is that Holliday can become a free agent at the end of 2009 and with Super Agent Scott Boras running his ship, him testing the waters is almost a foregone conclusion.

I still think this would have to be a no-brainer for the Phils. Holliday hit .321 last season - his fourth straight .300 campaign - but saw his power numbers dip a bit, as he hit 25 home runs with 88 RBI, the first time since 2005 that he failed to top 30 HRs and 100 RBIs.

People will point to his numbers away from Coors Field, but in case you haven't noticed Citizens Bank Park is not exactly a pitchers' wonderland. For his career he is a .280 hitter away from Coors with 44 homers and 176 RBI in 339 games. He has hit .357 in 359 games in Denver with 84 home runs and 307 RBI.

Victorino is good energy guy, but come on. We are talking about one of the best hitters in the NL in Holliday. Who's to say he won't re-sign in Philly anyway?

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