posted on Jul, 24 2004 @ 09:21 AM
SCOUTING VILLONE: The Philadelphia Phillies have had a scout in the stands the past few times Ron Villone has taken the mound.
Tonight against the Anaheim Angels probably will be no different. Villone, who has spent most of the season in left-handed relief for Seattle, will
make his third start of the season.
The Phillies are looking for one more starter and for a reliever, and Villone could fit either roll. In addition to his starts this year, he started
19 times last year for Houston and has made 34 relief appearances this season.
The Phillies have made a run at the Pirates' Kris Benson, but they were rebuffed when they offered Class AA Redding first baseman Ryan Howard. A
slugger with 36 homers and 96 RBIs coming into play yesterday, Howard is backed up in the Phillies' system with veteran Jim Thome signed to a
Philadelphia also has offered Howard to Tampa Bay for outfielder Rocco Baldelli without getting a nibble. It's not clear if the Phillies would be
willing to include Howard in a deal for Villone, who is 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 36 games
this would be a good deal if it goes through for the mariners, since they released john olerud they need a first baseman, this kid sounds like he
could add some punch to the lineup...i hope they get him