The Philadelphia Inquirer has reported that the Phillies have had talks with the Redsabout a possible trade for shortstop Paul Janish. It wasn’t reported as to whom the Phillies would offer in return for Janish.
I know that doesn’t sound like a blockbuster, but I believe Janish going to Philadelphia would be an advancement for his career.
He has had a very good spring, albeit probably a little too late. His spring slash line is .306/.405/.500 with one homer and five knocked in.
Janish will in most likelihood be optioned to Triple-A Louisville at the close of spring training if he remains within the Cincinnati organization. Although he is enjoying his best spring, he has had a few opportunities to step up and be the regular shortstop.
The Phillies have been snake bitten with injuries to their infielders, making them desperate for help in that area.
It is unclear how the Reds intend to respond to the trade talks.