Philadelphia Phillies expect hot stove to heat up over the holidays

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The Philadelphia Phillies and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. expect that the hot stove will start heating up when December comes around. What positions are they looking to address?

There hasn't been much for the Philadelphia Phillies in the way of offseason acquisitions. But according to CSN Philly writer Jim Salisbury, the Phillies are expecting things to pick back up as the holidays approach. Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has participated in some talks that may produce some results:

"We've had some good discussions, some fruitful discussions, with agents as well as other clubs. There are some situations where we're waiting right now on someone to say ‘yes,' and other situations where other teams are waiting for us to say ‘yes.' It's an interesting dynamic right now

According to Salisbury, Amaro wants to improve the outfield with a hitter that can produce runs. B.J. Upton is a player the Phillies are actively pursuing, but the team has been in talks with the Miami Marlins to see if they can swing a deal for outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.

Amaro is also looking at possible moves that he can do at third base as well as bullpen help for the eighth inning set-up man. Pitchers and catchers will report to the Phillies' spring training facility in Clearwater, Fla. on Feb. 12. The Full squad will report to Clearwater on Feb. 15.

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