Why Doug Fister?
Former top prospect Dominic Brown - once thought of as a four A player - finally emerged in 2013 as the power hitter everyone thought he could be. He pelted 27 home runs and made the All-Star team, all at the age of 25.
Though it would seem the Phillies plan to hold on to Brown as he's under team control through 2017, members of their front office are reportedly trying to shop him at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. He's their best young piece and now they want to trade him.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports had the report on Monday afternoon and says the "idea is to sell high." They would like young pitchers with team-friendly contracts in return.
The news does come at an interesting time, on the same day Roy Halladay announced his retirement from the game. Maybe the Phillies had hoped to bring Halladay back and now realize they need more pitching for 2014.
The Phillies were bad both on offense and defense last year by most measurements so it's not like losing Brown will make their lineup that much worse. He is also a below average defender in the outfield.
Brown, however, hit 12 home runs in the month of May alone. That type of power is rare and at the age of 25 he could conceivably get even better. His .297 average through eight seasons in the minors suggests he could improve on his .272 mark in 2013.
Brown's power numbers also dropped significantly late in the year. After hitting 23 homers in the first half of the season he hit just four in the second half. If he finds a way to sustain those numbers over a full season he will be one of the game's best sluggers.
We don't know exactly how available Brown is at this point, but it appears the Phillies are open for anything as the 2013 Winter Meetings get started.