-Buster Olney writes in his column this morning that the Phillies are going hard after a “set-up man/closer safety net” after Brad Lidge’s offseason surgery on a torn flexor tendon. Who could he be talking about?
J.J. Putz is an intriguing name on the market, as are Jose Valverde, Rafael Soriano, and Mike Gonzalez. They are all Type-A free agents, as are Billy Wagner and Kevin Gregg. The only real closing option that is not a Type-A is Fernando Rodney.
Rodney was linked to the Phillies earlier in the week by Ken Rosenthal and John Paul Morosi.
-David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News says that there are three third baseman he believes the Phillies are hard after: Adrian Beltre, Mark Derosa, and Placido Polanco. Polanco is 34 and coming off of a Rawlings Gold Glove season at second base in Detroit. He said he would switch positions if he were to move to a contending team. Derosa is 35, and has Philly ties. Beltre is the youngest of the bunch at 30, and has some pop from the right side, to go with a gold glove.
-Yesterday, Jon Heyman of SI talked about how the Phillies would go hard after Chone Figgins for the third base vacancy.
-Heyman also tweeted yesterday that eight teams are vying for the services of Derosa, who has been known to be as versatile as any player in the game.
-Murphy also talks about the Phillies attempt to bring back Chan Ho Park, who was an integral part of the Phillies bullpen in 2009. Many believe Park wants to be a starter, but as we witnessed early in the season, that ship may have sailed.