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Phillies “have done extensive groundwork on a potential deal” for Carlos Quentin

Carlos Quentin

Chicago White Sox’s Carlos Quentin watches his three-run home run off Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Baker during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 in Chicago. Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez also scored on the play. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


At this point no one seems to believe Philadelphia has any chance of re-signing Jayson Werth and Jayson Stark of reports that the Phillies “have done what one source described as ‘extensive’ groundwork on a potential deal for” White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin.

As a right-handed, power-hitting corner outfielder Quentin makes sense as a possible replacement for Werth, except the Phillies have stud prospect Domonic Brown ready to take over for him in right field anyway.

Quentin could potentially platoon with Brown or Raul Ibanez, starting primarily versus left-handed pitching, but between the cost to acquire him from the White Sox and a likely $5 million salary via arbitration he’d make for an awfully pricey part-time player.

Stark notes that the Phillies may also have some interest in Jeff Francoeur and Jermaine Dye, both of whom make more sense than Quentin as platoon players.