May 10, 2005

Polanco, Howard to Dodgers?

Tom Goyne at Balls Sticks & Stuff (no doubt listening to the new Dave Matthews Band CD at this very moment) has passed along a report in the Los Angeles Times that the Dodgers may be exploring a deal with the Phils for Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard.

The Times reported the Dodgers have grown increasingly dissatisfied with their defense at the hot corner, since Jose Valentin has been sidelined with a knee injury, and GM Paul DePodesta has embarked on a search for a proven veteran.

BPF Take
No matter what deal is made, the Phillies must get deeper and younger in certain areas. There’s no way the Phils won’t receive a third base prospect should this deal happen, addressing perhaps their weakest area throughout the organization. The Times reported the Dodgers have several excellent prospects at third base: Willie Aybar, Joel Guzman, Andy LaRoche and Blake Dewitt.

Pitcher Edwin Jackson, the Dodgers No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America, and Dioner Navarro, a 2004 No. 1 catching prospect with the Yankees, are the two prospects that jumped to my mind first. Both players are struggling this season in Triple-A Las Vegas, so DePodesta could bite on a deal to include one of those two. Young catching is always at a premium, and though Navarro’s stock has dropped, a deal for the switch-hitter would be a major boost.

Though critics might argue the Phils would be conceding the season by making this deal, even contending teams make deals for prospects from time to time, something the Phils haven't done in quite a while.

Thanks for the tip, Tom, and enjoy your Dave album.

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