Phillies exploring options for infield depth

Phillies exploring options for infield depth

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Phillies said Monday they have no plans to look outside the organization to find a second baseman while Chase Utley is sidelined indefinitely with knee problems.

But one National League scout said Tuesday at Ed Smith Stadium that the Phillies have been looking for infield help recently, although he acknowledged nobody seems to be a clear upgrade over Freddy Galvis.

Of course, with Michael Martinez breaking his right foot Tuesday, the Phillies might feel they need to look for a utility infielder if they cannot find a second baseman significantly better than Galvis.

Galvis, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in a 4-1 victory over Baltimore, is hitting .273 with two doubles, two triples, one home run and a team-high 11 RBIs in 44 Grapefruit League at-bats. He is expected to be the Phillies' Opening Day second baseman.

Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson might make sense for the Phillies, except he is making $5.5 million this season with an $8 million club option (or a $2 million buyout) for 2013. The Phillies are highly unlikely to take on that contract unless the Padres pay a significant portion of it. That also seems unlikely.

The Los Angeles Angels' Maicer Izturis, who has a career .728 OBP, could be a fit. He makes $3 million, is versatile and the Angels have other infield options, but it might be a better idea for the Phillies to see how Galvis performs. If he struggles and the news on Utley is not encouraging, they could make a move closer to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Phillies found themselves in a similar situation last season in right field. They opened the season with Ben Francisco in right before moving to Domonic Brown before ultimately acquiring Hunter Pence.