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Philly Amaro: Smaller-scale deals 'essential' for Phillies

The Phillies have four fresh faces headed to Clearwater, Fla., for Spring Training next month.

They still hope to find a fifth.

The Phillies are still pursuing a corner outfielder, a source said Monday, and the usual suspects remain: Scott Hairston, Vernon Wells, Alfonso Soriano and Michael Cuddyer. But even if the Phils fall short in their pursuit of a veteran outfielder, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said recently the additions of setup man Mike Adams, center fielder Ben Revere, left-hander John Lannan and third baseman Michael Young will help a team that missed the postseason last year for the first time since 2006.

"They're maybe not the biggest and sexiest moves, but those are moves that were essential to help our club," Amaro said.

In winters past, the Phillies acquired arguably the best players available at their position: right-hander Roy Halladay in 2009, left-hander Cliff Lee in '10 and closer Jonathan Papelbon in '11.

Adams, Revere, Lannan and Young are more complementary pieces than those splashy offseason acquisitions that had fans rushing to the team store at Citizens Bank Park to snatch up jerseys for the holidays.
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