The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping to gain a starting pitcher to strengthen their depleted rotation after losing their last five of six since the All-Star break. Sources have said for the organization to be interested in Houston’s Roy Oswalt, Arizona’s Dan Haren, Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie and Oakland’s Ben Sheets. The Phillies are currently shopping outfielder Jayson Werth to free up money as they extend an opportunity for top prospect Domonic Brown. The Tampa Bay Rays are most interested in acquiring the seven-year veteran. Other teams in the hunt for Werth include the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. hinted earlier this week that the club will likely make improvements before the trade deadline. “I view us as buyers and I view us as a team that’s still going to be a contending team, but it depends on the guys that are in this clubhouse,” he said. “Listen, our team can get hot as anybody. But they’re not going to be able to just turn the light switch on and have it happen, they’re going to have to work to get there.” The Phillies are scheduled to take on the St Louis Cardinals for two more games before hosting the Colorado Rockies this weekend. Philadelphia Phillies tickets are now available!