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Going For Two? Hamilton-Phillies Rumors Grow Legs While Soriano for Brown Being Discussed

Dec 12, 2012, 3:02 AM EDT

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Last week, Josh Hamilton and Alfonso Soriano were brought up
as potential fits for Philadelphia. On Tuesday evening, each was being linked
to the Phillies in potential deals.

First, 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano reported the club offered the
free-agent Hamilton a three-year contract worth an astounding $80 million. A
short time later, Jon Heyman for CBSSports.com filed a report that had Ruben
Amaro Jr. sending Domonic Brown to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Alfonso
Soriano.

Both of which are just wow. We’ve been talking about both
players for awhile now, but obviously there is a lot more substance here.

It’s hard not to like Hamilton – the 2010 AL MVP – at three
years, even if the $26 million-plus per is a tad outrageous. He is still producing
at a high level, so over a short-term deal it seems like a safe bet the Phils
would be getting what they were paying for. Assistant GM Scott Proefrock didn’t
do anything to put out the flames on the stove in a televised interview on CSN.

“We’ve been involved in talking to multiple players that
fill the need for that bat in our lineup,” Proefrock said. “Josh is
certainly one of those guys that could fit that bill.”

“Any team would be better for having him on the
club,” he continued. “Whether it’s a fit for us remains to be seen.”

Obviously the Phillies are going to do their due diligence on
a guy like Hamilton. The supposed offer for Soriano was far more surprising.
Heyman adds the Cubs would probably pay all but $10 of the $36 mil on the final
two years of his contract… not too shabby.

Soriano turns 37 in January, and is not the player he was in
his prime. That said, with 32 home runs (5th) and 108 RBI (3rd)
in 2012, he seems to fit the bill of a right-handed power bat who could hit
behind Ryan Howard.

Of course, that means the organization would be giving up on Dom Brown, once thought to be a prospect of the highest caliber. Then
again, I suppose even mention of either of these moves possibly becoming a reality doesn’t
say too much for his current standing anyway.

You know what? I say what the hell – why not get both? That’s
right: sign Hamilton, then trade for Soriano! What’s the problem, you don’t
think the Phillies could swing that?