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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

On the Beat: Phillies Considering Rowand and Ordonez

PBR - According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, the Phillies have targeted outfielders Aaron Rowand and Magglio Ordonez as possible replacements for Jayson Werth.

Rowand, 33, played for the Phillies from 2006-2007 and batted .290 to go along with 39 homeruns and 136 RBI's in his two years with the club. In 2010, his third season with the San Francisco Giants, Rowand lost his starting job in centerfield and batted .230 with 11 homeruns and 34 RBI's in just 331 at-bats. Rowand is primarily a centerfielder, so if the Phillies are serious about acquiring him they may have to move Shane Victorino to right field.

Ordonez, 36, has a lifetime .312 average and hit .371 off left handed pitching last year with the Detroit Tigers, so he would represent a formidable right handed bat in the middle of the lineup to replace Werth. Ordonez can play left or right field, so depending on how Raul Ibanez plays next year, the Phils could use Ordonez in left while developing Domonic Brown in right.

However, the Phils might be more serious about re-acquiring Werth than originally thought. Heyman also reported that the Phillies presented the idea of a Jason Bay-type contract (four years, $66 MM) to Werth this Summer and he declined.

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