According to a report from CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury, the Phillies are in communications with free agent B.J. Upton's agent, Larry Reynolds.
Upton is the ideal outfielder for the Phillies. The 28 year old, right handed hitter can play the field well, hit for power, and bring home runs, which is exactly what the Phillies' lineup needs in 2013. Without hitters like Hunter Pence, the Phils will need to find players who can bring home runs and defend their position well.
It would take at least a five-year deal to land Upton at around $16 million per season. Upton's agent is looking for a team that can promise him that kind of money, but whoever offers him the most years would be the team to sign him.
Darin Ruf, in the midst of Venezuelan winter ball, is also a contender for an outfield spot. First and foremost, the Phillies need a center fielder. While B.J. Upton would be the clear cut, most ideal choice, it will take quite a bit of money, and the Phils' first round pick in the June Amateur Draft.
With the General Manager meetings coming to a close, Phils' GM Ruben Amaro Jr. doesn't expect to make any moves. The hot stove will heat up some more with the winter meetings this offseason.