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.

CSNPhilly.com'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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Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.