With the outfield market getting slimmer and slimmer by the day, the Phillies have few options left to fill holes in center and right field. Two players who played with the Yankees last season may be on the Phillies radar. Nick Swisher has been a name that has been loosely linked to the Phillies, but now looks like it may be more likely than originally thought.
Jim Bowden of ESPN.com tweeted that Swisher’s most likely destinations are Philadelphia, Seattle and Cleveland. Swisher could add an immediate source of power to the Phillies lineup and could fit either behind Howard or possibly even bat second. Swisher hit. 272 with 24 home runs and 93 RBIs last season.
Another rumor began today involving the Phillies and a free agent outfielder, this one was more of a surprise. Raul Ibanez left the Phillies after the 2011 season to join the Yankees for one year, now the 40 year old is a free agent and could possibly be returning to Philly.
Ibanez played in 130 games last year with the Yankees and hit .240 with 19 home runs. However he will be remembered in New York for his clutch home run hitting during the ALDS and ALCS last season.
Ibanez was a fan favorite during his time in Philly and some fans may be excited to see him return. The issue with Ibanez is that he is now 40 years old, but showed last year he may still have some power off the bench.
Either way, Ruben Amaro may need to forget his patient ways and make a move before there are no options left.