Aside from the reported 3-team blockbuster involving the Yankees, D-Backs and Tigers that moved Curtis Granderson, Edwin Jackson and Max Scherzer, the biggest deal of the meetings thus far has been the impending move of reporter Peter Gammons from ESPN to MLB media and NESN. MLB.com's Mike Siano and other sources report the deal is done and the crossover will coincide with the new year.
The Phillies added more reserve depth by signing OF/1B Ross Gload on Tuesday night. Such a move enhances what became a weak spot for the Phils in 2009, their bench. More on Gload's signing from PhoulBallz here.
Regarding the Phillies interest in Brandon Lyon, it is not confirmed that the Phillies have made an offer, but GM Ruben Amaro confirmed the team has offered contracts to players, although he did not believe a deal was close with anyone, prior to the Gload announcement. That could mean any offer to Lyon was possibly a low-ball gesture and the team & player are likely not in the same ball park as far as money goes.
The Phillies remain interested in bringing back Clay Condrey and Chad Durbin to the organization, but nothing seems close with either player yet. Both of those pitchers are arbitration eligible. Talks stay active with Chan Ho Park, as the meetings move on.
Metropolitans manager Jerry Manuel was asked about the Phillies and their reign over the NL East on Tuesday. Manuel's response included the assertion that the Metropolitans "are a long way." No kidding.
For anyone feeling as though the Phillies haven't made a big enough splash lately or that the collection of bench depth isn't anything to get excited over...how good do you want it?! Precisely, what are you expecting? Realize that, following the addition of Placido Polanco, 7 of the 8 Phillies position players are either 2009 all stars, 2009 Gold Glove winners or BOTH!
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