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12/15/07 7:11 PM ET
Phillies interested in Jenkins
Lefty outfielder has hit 212 home runs in his 10-year career
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies may be close to replacing Aaron Rowand -- who recently signed with the Giants -- with the corner outfielder they had been zeroing in on for some time. Philadelphia and San Diego are believed to be the finalists for left-handed-hitting outfielder Geoff Jenkins. "Things are definitely heating up with Philly and San Diego," Jenkins' agent, Damon Lapa, told FOXSports.com on Friday. "We're in active negotiations and offers are going back and forth." A team official confirmed the Phillies' interest in Jenkins, and Lapa told MLB.com that he had a three-year offer on the table for the 33-year-old outfielder, though he wouldn't say which team. While stating publicly all offseason that their priority is pitching, the team has also identified outfield as a need. Philadelphia and San Diego are teams in a similar situation, having lost two outfielders apiece. The Phillies lost Rowand to San Francisco on Wednesday and dealt outfielder Michael Bourn last month to the Astros as part of a package for closer Brad Lidge. The Padres were spurned by outfielder Milton Bradley. They cut off negotiations with Mike Cameron as well, but recouped that loss by acquiring Jim Edmonds from St. Louis late Friday night. If Jenkins selects Philadelphia, he would likely platoon in right field with Jayson Werth and spell Pat Burrell in left. He spent the first 10 years of his career with Milwaukee, belting 212 home runs. He hit .255 with 21 homers and 64 RBIs in 132 games last season. The Phillies also reportedly have interest in reliever Akinori Otsuka and starter Kris Benson.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.