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Sources: Phillies, Piazza have preliminary talks

Updated: January 24, 2006, 11:33 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

The Phillies have shown interest in free-agent catcher Mike Piazza over the last few days.

Discussions between the team and Piazza's agents, the Beverly Hills Sports Council, have been "very preliminary," according to one source, and haven't specifically addressed money or Piazza's role. But Piazza could fit as a complement to Mike Lieberthal, who some of the club's decision-makers feel would be best off playing only about four days a week.

The Phillies also need to settle on a right-handed ...

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