Report: Phils talking to Toronto about Dom Brown for Jose Bautista swap

Report: Phils talking to Toronto about Dom Brown for Jose Bautista swap

While the Phillies appear to be targeting midlevel free agents this offseason by most accounts, Ruben Amaro Jr. always has an ace up his sleeve. Or it might be the two of spades. There is most definitely a something up there though. Hopefully it’s a face card at least?

Turns out it might be one of the American League’s biggest right-handed bats. According to Howard Eskin of Fox 29 and 94WIP, the Phils’ general manager is “deep in serious talks” with the Toronto Blue Jays to acquire two-time home run champion Jose Bautista. And the asking price? Let’s start the bidding at Domonic Brown.

Yes, the same Domonic Brown who is 26 years old and coming off of his first All-Star appearance. Yes, the same Jose Bautista who just turned 33 and missed 114 games over the past two seasons due to injuries.

Bautista posted a .358 on-base percentage with 28 home runs and 73 runs batted in over 118 games in 2013. Not bad, but it was a far cry from an ’11 campaign when he was a .447 with 43 and 103—his last truly elite season (out of two).

Brown finished his breakout year with a .324 OBP, 27 HR and 83 RBI over 139 appearances. The numbers are buoyed by an insane two-month stretch during which he belted 18 home runs, drove in 46 runs and earned NL Player of the Month honors for May.

Eskin points out Bautista would give the Phillies’ lineup more lefty-righty balance. Then again, it would also increase the club’s average age to 47 unofficially. Bautista would likely take over for Dom in right field, although he’s also seen time at first and third base in recent years.

Bautista is under contract for two more years at $14 million a piece, with a team option for 2016. Brown doesn't become arbitration eligible until next offseason, and the earliest he can become a free agent is in '18.

At this moment in time, there’s no way of confirming the veracity of Eskin’s report, but should it eventually come to pass, this would be a blockbuster in every sense of the term. Then again, Blockbuster is in the process of closing all of their stores, so that’s not necessarily a good thing.

I’m not sure anybody is sold on Dom Brown as a perennial All Star, and it’s not hard to envision how adding Bautista’s bat between lefties Chase Utley and Ryan Howard would bolster the lineup. Then again, he’s yet another aging veteran that’s been hampered by injuries, so the move doesn’t exactly scream progress.

And the Phillies would have to send somebody else—presumably prospect(s)—to make the deal happen? Eh...

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

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

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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.