But now that the Phillies have Rowand, they could make another centerfielder, Jason Michaels, available. And the Yankees and Phillies have held discussions about Michaels.
Michaels, 29, played 105 games for the Phillies in 2005, hitting .304 with a .399 on-base percentage. He started 75 games in centerfield.
Michaels is eligible for arbitration, and the Phillies, hoping to re-sign closer Billy Wagner, probably wouldn’t feel the need to hold on to a pricy player who is now a reserve (unless they trade Bobby Abreu or Pat Burrell to create a starting spot for Michaels).
Somebody call Chuck Woolery. I think we may have a love connection here.
Of course, with every potential good thing there has to be some risk. Note this story from last July:
Philadelphia outfielder Jason Michaels was arrested early Sunday after allegedly punching a uniformed police officer outside a city nightclub.
Michaels, 29, spent nine hours in custody before he was released on his own recognizance at about noon, Philadelphia police Cpl. Jim Pauley said.
“He punched a Philadelphia police officer and wrestled him to the ground, in the process ripping the police officer’s shirt,” Pauley said. “It took four officers to control him.”
Police were dispersing a crowd in the Old City entertainment district just before 3 a.m. and everyone moved on willingly except Michaels, Pauley said.
Michaels was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, simple assault and reckless endangerment. He is due to appear in court on Thursday.
“I really would love to talk to you guys about this, but I’ve been advised by my attorney not to say anything,” Michaels said before the Phillies played the Braves on Sunday night.
It’s not as deep as the Milton Bradley rap sheet, but, you have to wonder about a guy who’s stupid enough to start a fight with a cop in uniform.