Phillies targeting OF need, will look at Cruz, Choo, Ellsbury
The Phillies know they need more production from the outfield and they will eye Nelson Cruz, Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury in free agency.
Carlos Beltran is yet another outfielder who could interest the Phillies.
The Phillies have long been interested in Marlins star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, but there's no evidence to this point Miami would consider trading him.
The Phillies have a team built around superior starting pitching and veteran infielders but have a clear weakness in the outfield, where they got subpar production this past year. One person familair with their situation said they were even prepared to try to bring back Hunter Pence, who signed back with the Giants for $90 million.
That may show their level of interest in the position because they didn't hesitate to trade Pence in the summer of 2012.
Philly is said also to be prioritizing relief pitching in addition to outfield help. They are fortunate in that it's an above-average year for outfielders on the free-agent market.
General manager Ruben Amaro wouldn't address specific players, and rather succinctly summed up their needs as "catching, pitching, outfield."
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