While the Scott Linebrink trade rumors may have stopped for the time being (emphasis on the “may have”), the Scott Linebrink trade rumor discussion just keeps going and going and going.

Here’s Bill Conlin, in Monday’s Philadelphia Daily News:

As is the stubborn and puzzling rumor that has centerfielder Aaron Rowand being shipped to the Padres for top setup man Scott Linebrink. The Padres can’t afford to give up Linebrink, a model of consistency despite a spike in his numbers last season. The Phillies can’t afford to give up Rowand. Their outfield depth is thinner than jailhouse clam chowder. Current No. 4 Jayson Werth is coming back from a 2-year wrist injury. Of course, protection behind Ryan Howard in the No. 5 spot is and will continue to be an ongoing story line as long as Pat Burrell often resembles a sightless man reaching for the overhead strap in a lurching subway car.

Remember, glove conquers all.

— HOWARD COLE

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