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Rumor Mill: Phillies interested in Jon Jay

According to an ESPN report, the Phillies are interested in adding Cardinals flychaser Jon Jay to their outfield picture.

An undervalued prospect until he was promoted last season and impressed the manager and front office with his hustle and grit, Jay leads all Redbirds batters with 45 spring at bats. That amount of playing time suggests that either he is seriously in the mix to make the St. Louis opening day roster... Or the Cardinals are showcasing him to other clubs.

Jay's got a .222 batting average this spring with one homer and 10 RBIs. During the 2010 season he hit an even .300 with four homers and 27 RBIs.

The ESPN post didn't specify what the Phillies might be offering. But I'm guessing it's not Roy Oswalt... If I was in the Cardinals GM's chair, it would have to be something pretty appealing to get me to part with your best candidate as a reserve who can play all three outfield positions.

His ability to play all three spots -- especially centerfield -- is one of the reasons the Phils have singled out Jay in the quest for help.

The Phillies are said to be willing to part with starting pitcher Joe Blanton and the Birds could use some rotation help. But Blanton makes too much money to be the likely return for the Cardinals. If they are interested in making a deal with Philadelphia, the Redbirds are more likely to be in the market for relief help to replace Kyle McClellan in the bullpen or prospects.