Well, that escalated quickly.
Less than an hour after reports surfaced that the Los Angeles Angels were interested in coveted free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, the bomb dropped.
Hamilton signed a $125 million contract to join AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout and three-time MVP Albert Pujols in Los Angeles for the next five seasons. They are certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the AL West, and it will be interesting to see what kind of havoc they wreak on the newest member of that division; the Houston Astros.
Of course, this signing means that the Phillies must look elsewhere for the power-hitting corner outfielder that they are in seach of. There was some hope, albeit probably false hope, that Hamilton could land in Philadelphia after a rumor spread that Ruben Amaro Jr. had offered him a three-year deal.
There were confirmed reports that the Phillies are, or were, interested in Chicago Cubs' outfielder Alfonso Soriano, but they aren't willing to give up Domonic Brown in return for the aging slugger.
ESPN's Buster Olney also reported that the Phillies had offered Ichiro a two-year deal worth $14 million.
Ichiro hit .322 with 27 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 67 games with the Yankees after hitting just .261 with 28 RBI and 15 stolen bases in almost 100 games with the Seattle Mariners last season. However, it looks like the 39-year-old will return to the New York Yankees with a one-year contract after his career got a little shot of Botox in the Bronx.
So where does that leave the Phillies?
The two most notable free agents on the market, and best fits at this point, are synonymous with everything that a Phillies fan is supposed to despise; the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees.
That's right, Cody Ross and Nick Swisher each have a decent shot of rockin' Phillies' red next season.
Swisher seems to be the better option of the two, and would make the Phillies lineup look much more like it's 2008 version that included Jayson Werth.
In his first full season, Swisher finished with 21 home runs and 74 RBI, and has averaged about 25 home runs and 85 RBI a season since then. He's a piece that the team could definitely utilize in the 5-hole to provide some protection behind slugger Ryan Howard. Adding the switch-hitter would also come at a much lower price than Hamilton, as Swisher's contract averaged $8 million per season with the Yankees.
Ross, who is best known in Philly for his dismantling of Phillies' pitching in the playoffs and his bat flip on a spring training home run, could very well be the next acquisition for the club this off-season.
The 2010 NLCS hero hit .267 with 22 home runs and 81 RBI last season for the Boston Red Sox, who didn't get the chance to catch Ross' playoff lightning as they finished last in the AL East with a record of 69-93. Ross, who will be 32 years old at the end of this month, would provide some power at a price that certainly fits their budget (he made $3 million last season).
C.J. Burns is a Phillies and Flyers contributor for Buzz On Broad. Follow him on Twitter @CJBurns215.