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Philadelphia Phillies Have Interest In Infielder Ramiro Pena

The Philadelphia Phillies have themselves a dilemma before the season has even gotten underway. Second baseman Chase Utley could be sidelined for the majority of the 2012 season and possibly all of it with ongoing issues regarding his knee.

The Phillies have talked internally about the possibility of Freddy Galvis but have chosen to start Galvis at second base to start the season but are looking to add infield depth behind him if the sixth rated prospect by Baseball America cannot handle the job. Pete Orr is the only infielder they have that is projected to be behind Galvis.

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Phillies front office is considering trading for New York Yankees infielder Ramiro Pena. Pena has spent the last few seasons up and down on the Yankees roster when Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez spent time on the disabled list.

Pena has played in 177 games with the Yankees over the past three years. He’s batted .233/.266/.288 and only hit two home runs and driven in 32 RBI. Pena fielding has been acceptation as well only committing eight errors while spiting time between second base, third base, shortstop and the outfield.

The Phillies have also been reported as targeting Chris Getz of the Kansas City Royals. However, Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com suggests that Getz will not be traded and instead could be slated as their starting second baseman to open the season.

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