With Upton off the market, who's left at CF?
Adding a reliable centerfielder is one of the biggest holes the Phillies are looking to fill this offseason.
One big-name centerfielder came off the market on Wednesday when B.J. Upton agreed to a five-year, $75 million deal
with the Atlanta Braves.
Upton could have provided the Phillies flexibility in their lineup, as his right-handed bat and blend of power and speed could have protected Ryan Howard or split up the Phils' lefties.
So where does general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. go from here?
Although the Phils failed to land their top center field target, there are other options for the club. Here's a look at who is still available (each name links to our profile that ran earlier this month):Josh Hamilton, free agent
The Phillies are searching for a centerfielder who can produce runs. Josh Hamilton produces runs.
The 2010 American League MVP had 43 home runs and 128 RBIs for the Texas Rangers last season.
In six full seasons in the majors, Hamilton has hit .304 with 161 homers and 553 RBIs.
However, it's difficult to envision Hamilton's power bat at Citizens Bank Park. The 31-year-old would bring another left-handed bat to the Phillies' lineup, is likely seeking a long-term deal in excess of $100 million and has past personal issues to his name.Michael Bourn, free agent
Now that Atlanta has signed its new centerfielder, it's clear Michael Bourn will be signing elsewhere. He hit .274 with nine home runs and 57 RBIs for the Braves in 2012.
Bourn was selected by the Phillies in the fourth round of the 2003 draft and played in 122 games for the club.
The 29-year-old is a top-flight defender and a proven base stealer. He committed just two errors and stole 42 bags in 155 games last season.
On the down side, Bourn is another lefthanded bat -- who struck out 155 times last season -- and another free agent who could be looking for a huge payday.
Angel Pagan, free agent
Last season, Angel Pagan hit .288 with eight homers, 56 RBIs, and scored 95 runs in 154 games for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
Pagan is a solid all-around player. He can hit from both sides of the plate, can play all three outfield positions and has solid speed -- he stole 29 bases in 2012.
The Phillies need more power in their lineup. Pagan, who is best suited hitting in the two-spot, has just 15 homers in the last two seasons.
Considering the Phils finished last season 17th in slugging percentage and 18th in home runs, Pagan might not be the best fit.Shane Victorino, free agent
Here's a familiar face. The "Flyin' Hawaiian" spent parts of eight seasons with the Phillies, hitting .279 with 88 home runs, 390 RBIs and 179 stolen bases in 987 games.
After a disappointing first half, the Phils traded Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31 for Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin.
Victorino's chances of landing a megadeal this offseason were hurt when he finished 2012 with a .255 batting average, 11 homers and 55 RBIs in 154 games between the Phils and Dodgers.
The 31-year-old is likely searching for a long-term deal, but if he strikes out the Phillies could have some interest in signing him later this winter.
Dexter Fowler, Colorado Rockies
If the Phillies can't acquire a centerfielder through free agency, they could look to make a trade this offseason.
Enter Dexter Fowler. He isn't actively being shopped, but the Colorado Rockies have a need for young pitchers. Actually, the Rockies have a need for any sort of pitching.
The Phillies have a collection of young pitchers in the minors -- including Trevor May, Jesse Biddle, Brody Colvin, Jon Pettibone and Adam Morgan -- that could spark some interest.
Fowler finished 2012 with 13 home runs, 53 RBIs, 72 runs scored, 12 stolen bases and a .300 batting average. But, the 26-year-old has hit just .248 in his career away from Coors Field.
Peter Bourjos, Los Angeles Angels
Another potential trade target is Peter Bourjos, who hit .220 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 2012.
The 25-year-old couldn't find an everyday spot with the Los Angeles Angels last season, with Mike Trout, Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells and Mark Trumbo roaming the outfield.
The Phillies would have to get creative if they were interested in Bourjos, as it's tough to gauge what the Angels would seek for the young outfielder.
Bourjos is a tremendous fielder, but wouldn't bring a big enough offensive upgrade to the Phils unless the team can sign both an offensively-minded corner outfielder and third baseman. Sound off
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