Phillies “have talked about” moving third baseman Cody Asche to the outfield

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Cody Asche has played exclusively third base since debuting for the Phillies in the middle of last season and last played another position in rookie-ball, but that may change.

Phillies top prospect Maikel Franco is also a third baseman (and occasional first baseman) and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that “we’ve talked about” moving Asche to the outfield to make room for him.

However, the GM added that “at this stage, he’s a third baseman” and Asche will go into spring training as the starting third baseman. If they can trade Ryan Howard (and Ryan Howard’s contract) then Franco could play first base.

It’s also worth noting that Asche hasn’t shown enough offensively yet to suggest he’d be a big asset as a corner outfielder, batting .247 with 15 homers and a .697 OPS through 171 games. His numbers in the minors were a lot more impressive.