The Philadelphia Daily News says the Phillies asked for Mark Prior
when discussing Bobby Abreu with the Cubs yesterday and weren't dismissed outright.
They probably will be. Abreu is great, but the Cubs won't be dealing Prior, and even if they were open to the possibility, they wouldn't do it for an outfielder making more than $15 million per year. Maybe the Cubs will be interested in a lesser price. The Red Sox, Orioles, Blue Jays and Astros
are also looking at Abreu, but the Orioles won't part with Erik Bedard
and the Jays may have to lose interest if they get A.J. Burnett. There's been speculation that the Astros could offer Brandon Backe and Chad Qualls
, but that'd be a huge salary for them to take on when they still don't know about Roger Clemens and Jeff Bagwell. Dec. 6 - 3:57 am et
Life is like riding an elevator. It has a lot of ups and downs and someone is always pushing your buttons.