Jul 052010

by Justin Adkins

Speculation is rampant on just what the Phillies will do, if anything, in the wake of the injuries to infielders Chase Utley and Placido Polanco.  One of those options could be trading for someone just a little less talented.

Utility man Willie Bloomquist.

The Kansas City Star is reporting that the Phillies, Yankees, and Red Sox are possibly interested in the journeyman player.

Bloomquist is versatile , a good trait to look for from a team with multiple casualities across the infield.  And in staying with typical Phillies thinking, Bloomquist also makes sense due to his fairly inexpensive contract – about $850,000 remaining this season.

Bloomquist, 32, seems open to the idea.

“I’ve been around long enough to know you don’t put too much stock in things until it happens. But it’s kind of fun to hear your name [come up in trade rumors] once in a while.

“It shows that people still know who you are. If there’s some interest in you, that’s not a bad thing. That means people like you, and you’re doing something right.”

Bloomquist is currently hitting .243, with 2 homers and an OPS of .679.  Numbers that do nothing but make fans miss Chase Utley that much more.

Discussion on the PSC Phillies board here.