Winter Meetings: Day 2 (Reyes, Sherrill and Others)
“That’s subject to change,” he cautioned.
The Phillies were in discussions about a contract with left-hander Dennys Reyes. A source said tonight a deal was not imminent, although reports from St. Louis said Reyes was headed to Philadelphia. A second source said the Phillies and Reyes’ agent had exchanged contract figures last week and met again today. The source also indicated nothing was imminent.
Reyes went 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 59 appearances last season with the St. Louis Cardinals. Interestingly, left-handers hit .307 against him last season, while right-handers hit .177, although he has been better in his career against left-handers (.238) than right-handers (.279).
But while the Phillies have interest in Reyes, they also have interest in other relief pitchers. That includes left-hander George Sherrill, who went 2-2 with a 6.69 ERA in 65 appearances last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies have liked Sherrill in the past and think he could rebound. The Phillies also met today with right-hander Chad Durbin‘s agent. The Phillies have indicated they remain interested in bringing him back.
The Phillies have said upgrading the bullpen is their top priority, but they also are pursuing a right-handed bat to replace Jayson Werth.
“We’re keeping our options open,” Amaro said.
Names to watch include Scott Hairston, who is a free agent; and Juan Rivera, Aaron Rowand and Delmon Young, who could be had in a trade. The Phillies have liked each of those players in the past. But trading for any of those players could be difficult because Amaro said the Phillies need to get younger, and trading away more prospects does not accomplish that.
Sources said the Phillies are not seriously pursuing Jeff Francoeur, who is a free agent. They also are not expected to get into a bidding war for free agent Matt Diaz, who is drawing plenty of interest from teams and could sign this week. Josh Willingham is available in a trade, but the Nationals are looking for big-league starting pitching and the Phillies don’t have anybody to trade other than Joe Blanton and Kyle Kendrick. But they are unlikely fits for the Nationals.
The Phillies released right-hander Jesus Sanchez and left-hander Yohan Flande from their 40-man roster to make room for the Rule 5 Draft. The Phillies have 38 players on the roster. Amaro said they will try to resign both players, although they must clear waivers first.