ESPN 1000's Bruce Levine is reporting that the Phillies asking price for Jim Thome is Aaron Rowand plus one of the following starting pitchers [Jose Contreras, Brandon McCarthy].
I realize that you've got a nice new job Mr. Gillick, but this a ridiculous request. Where are you going to play Thome? Are you going to move Ryan Howard to LF?
Kenny Williams needs to remember that Philly doesn't want to pay for Thome and doesn't have a position for both Thome and Howard. He has the leverage here.
Rowand and prospects in a salary dump? Fine.
Rowand and Marte + prospects in a little bit less of a salary dump? OK.
Rowand + a starting pitcher not named El Duque? No way in hell.