"That's what it's all about. I hope I can lend a little experience, having been through it a couple times, to some of the young guys who haven't."Conine comes to Philadelphia with a base salary of $1.7 million, plus another $600,000 in incentives, including $250,000 for having been traded. He can still earn another $350,000. The Orioles have agreed to send "more than" $500,000 to Philadelphia, according to Phils general manager Pat Gillick. Conine has a vesting option for $2 million, which becomes guaranteed at 450 plate appearances. He's at 432 after receiving four plate appearances on Sunday. Conine can decline that option, though he said earlier this season that he's not interested in doing that. The trade provides a veteran presence to a bench that includes several rookies and players with limited Major League experience, such as Joe Thurston. Conine can play both corner outfield spots and first base, allowing manager Charlie Manuel to give Ryan Howard an occasional rest against tough southpaws. Howard hasn't missed an inning since the All-Star break. "I like him," Manuel said. "He's been a very valuable player. He plays big in the moment and has been a real good hitter when it counts. At home, I think I can play him in right field, or if I have to give Howard a rest, he can play first. We got better." Manuel said Conine won't unseat Pat Burrell as the left fielder, but he liked that the veteran gives him another option. Mostly, Conine's arrival provides more balance to a lineup in need of righty production. That need was heightened when center fielder Aaron Rowand was lost for the season with a broken ankle. "We were looking for right-handed hitting," Gillick said. "When Rowand went down, it emphasized that we needed right-handed hitting. Getting [Jose] Hernandez and Conine, we think we got what we needed. He's a guy who has been through the wars before. At this point in the year, that's valuable." Conine is the third player acquired this month, after Hernandez on Tuesday and left-hander Jamie Moyer on July 19. "We're in the hunt," Gillick said. "We want to do everything we can to win it. It's an indication to the players and the fans that we want to get this thing."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.