Talk here has shifted to Brett Myers’ trade value, especially as a reliever. Many posters here at the Nation have been discussing Myers as a trade chip, and if teams would like him as a closer/setup man.
If the Phils market Myers as a closer/setup type he would be worth more, but how much? Remember, Myers is worth about another $9M after this season, which is on the higher side for setup men and closers, but certaintly not tops. Bottom line is teams would be interested in Myers as a closer, but the Phils would need to pop some prospects on top of him to make it a friendly deal.
My problem with marketing Myers as a relief pitcher is how long it’ll take to get him back into that mode. It’s not the easiest transition going from starter to closer, especially when you’ve done it once already. Would the Phils switch Myers to the bullpen to show him off before a trade? To me that’s a risky move that could damage your pen more than you think.
There’s also the issue of Tom Gordon, who is seemingly more injured than we’re being told. In fact, I wouldn’t doubt if Gordon sees considerable time on the DL very soon. That will reconfigure the bullpen, and it’s not cut and dry that Myers can drop into a setup role and contribute immediately. It’s more likely Myers would get phased into the front of the bullpen while Chad Durbin and Ryan Madson become more responsible for the later innings with JC Romero.
But that’s a recipe for potential disaster. If the Phils can market Myers without moving him to the ‘pen, that’s one thing. It’s another thing to “experiment” once more during a playoff run. Obviously the Phillies need another starting pitcher, but they’ll need ready relief help, as well. For now it should come from the farm system while getting Myers back on track as a pitcher first.