MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies Interested in Michael Cuddyer and Josh Willingham

Posted on June 20, 2011

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It was reported by Buster Olney a couple days ago that the Phillies were seriously interested in acquiring a right-handed bat.

But to make things even more cement, Olney reported on his twitter account yesterday that the Phillies have made inquiries about Michael Cuddyer of the Minnesota Twins and Josh Willingham of the Oakland Athletics.

Both of these guys would be great options for the Phillies in my opinion. Cuddyer and Willingham are right-handed bats that Philly needs and they also supply power.

Willingham played in the NL East his entier career until now splitting time with the Marlins and Nationals. Hitting over 20 home runs three times in the division, it can definitely be said that he has had success.

Cuddyer on the other hand has spent his entire career with the Twins although he has a pedigree for being a power hitter.

The current outfielders for the Phillies include Shane VIctorino, Raul Ibanez, Domonic Brown, Ben Francisco and little bit of John Mayberry Jr. action.

Willingham and Cuddyer are very reliable starters to choose from and I think they more reliable right now then anyone else other than Victorino. Plus, we would have a lot of confidence in the other off the bench.

Victorino is really the only reliable everyday starter as of now. Ibanez is extremely streaky while Brown and Mayberry are still young. I like Francisco, but I think he is best coming off the bench.

In my mind, both Willingham and Cuddyer would thrive in a hitter’s park like Citizen Bank Park. If Amaro somehow is able to acquire one of the two outfielders, it will be a great move.

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