Report: Phillies Interested in Giancarlo Stanton, Probably Kate Upton Too

Report: Phillies Interested in Giancarlo Stanton, Probably Kate Upton Too

Giancarlo Stanton is out of the lineup for the Marlins this weekend. That's nice for the Phillies. He's also not currently available on the trading market. But if he were, the Phillies are interested.'s Jim Salisbury
has it on good authority that if the Miami slugger should ever hit the block, the Phillies want a chance to wine and dine the Marlins.

According to a major-league executive with knowledge of the situation,
the Phillies over the last several months have made “multiple” inquiries
to the Marlins about Stanton’s availability in a trade. The Phils, like
every other team salivating over the 23-year-old slugger, have been
told he’s not available.

As many have pointed out, the Phillies aren't exactly in a position of strength when it comes to dealing for a stud such as Stanton. Despite Ruben Amaro's best efforts to restock the bare cupboard (see first Cliff Lee trade), their minor league system is not flush with highly-coveted prospects.

So, to recap: if Giancarlo Stanton becomes available, the Phillies want a shot. Their chances are probably not great.

Salisbury also takes a look at what pieces the Phillies have that might be worth unloading come this summer's trade deadline if Ruben decides the team will once again be in sell mode. There's the usual suspect of Cliff Lee, but also guys whose trade away from Philadelphia would be quite difficult to see: Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, even Carlos Ruiz.

Worth a read today.

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Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration. 

A source tells Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.

Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.

Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.

General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.

Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored. 

Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.

Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.

Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs. 

After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P