"With all due respect to Aaron Rowand, our priority continues to be pitching, and we still have the flexibility to do some things," Amaro said. "A lot of it depends on who you acquire. We're looking into a couple of different ways of filling those needs if we don't have Aaron Rowand. As far as we're concerned, Victorino or Werth are viable center-field options. They both have a lot of versatility."There is no timetable on how long this puzzle will take to assemble. The Phillies' backup plan would also include adding a fourth outfielder through a trade or free agency to replace Michael Bourne. Possibilities on the free-agent front include Geoff Jenkins, Shawn Green and Brad Wilkerson. The team could also be interested in Chunichi Dragons outfielder Kosuke Fukudome or right-hander Hiroki Kuroda of the Hiroshima Carp. For his part, Rowand said he's merely enjoying his vacation at an undisclosed tropical spot, and that he hasn't begun considering offers. The Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres have contacted him. "I don't know anything at this point," Rowand said. "It's early in the process. Today is when teams can start giving [financial] offers. I'm leaning on my agent because he's gone through this a lot of times. I really don't know what's going to happen." Rowand said he's not waiting to see where contemporaries Torii Hunter, Mike Cameron and Andruw Jones land. "If the right thing comes along, and it's the Phillies, that's great," Rowand said. "I'd like to go back and if the right thing comes along, I'm there. I'm not waiting for anyone else to sign. It's what's right for my family. I'm not thinking about what the rest of the guys are doing. It has nothing to do with that." Rowand has two children, a 6-year-old daughter, Tatum, and a 3-year-old son, McKay, who will attend elementary school during his next contract. The Rowands have a home in a Philadelphia suburb. "It's an exciting time for me," Rowand said. "I'm looking forward to the process and I'll make a decision when the time comes. I'm open to coming back to Philadelphia, but it's up to them."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.