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The Phillies have been looking for lefthanded bullpen help for the past couple months, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said several times recently that unless those free agents (notably Joe Beimel, Will Ohman and Dennys Reyes) take a “very modest offer” that they would not be signed.
The Phillies have been monitoring their situations for weeks, but a report today has the Phillies in back and forth negotiations with Ohman.
A Phillies source told MLB.com today that they “are not on Ohman.”
The source indicated that Ohman’s agent might be trying to generate interest in his client.
Of course, the Phillies’ interest in Ohman could change over time. As the regular season grows closer, free agents might become more desperate to sign. Amaro would not say what a “very modest offer” is, but it would seem to be $1 million or less.
Phinally Philly finds that the Phillies will be flashing a little gold on Opening Day. Holy cow, that’s a lot of PH’s and F’s in the same sentence.
I’m eager to see what kind of crowd is at Bright House Field tomorrow.
Here are a couple pregame notes from McKechnie Field:
- John Daly joined the Phillies yesterday during their annual golf outing.
- Pedro Feliz said in Clearwater that he feels good, but isn’t sure when he will start swinging a bat.
- Ruben Amaro Jr. said it’s “not out of the realm of possibility” the Phillies could keep three catchers on their 25-man roster as they try to figure out how badly they need another righthanded bat for their bench. Amaro wouldn’t say the possibilities for Nomar Garciaparra are dead, but he said “if I were to handicap this thing I would say less than 50 percent.” And lefthanded relievers like Joe Beimel and Will Ohman? “Still open,” Amaro said. “But nothing has changed there.” Amaro said a few days ago those relievers would have to accept a very modest salary (i.e. less than $1 million) to join the Phillies.
- Raul Ibanez knocked in Jimmy Rollins from second base with a single to left-center field with two outs in the third inning to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
- Jamie Moyer threw two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and two walks, and struck out one. Joe Blanton has started the bottom of the third.
- What did I miss? The clubhouse is open during spring training games, which means I was in the clubhouse talking with Moyer when the Pirates scored four runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth inning. Joe Bisenius allowed four runs and Scott Nestor allowed three runs each in an inning.
- John Mayberry knocked in a run with a single to left in the ninth.
- Phillies lose, 8-2. Jeremy Slayden went 2 for 2. Dave Borkowski, Jake Woods and Mike Koplove each threw a scoreless inning.
(Yes, I took that crummy picture from the press box.)
The word is that the Oakland A’s are interested in Nomar Garciaparra.
The Phillies have been interested in Garciaparra for some time, but the feeling I get is that he isn’t coming to Philadelphia.
“We’re not going to get into a bidding war with the A’s,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said today. “He knows what our parameters would be.”
Those parameters are believed to be modest.
But what about free agent lefthanders like Joe Beimel and Will Ohman? They’re still on the market, and the Phillies could use another lefthander.
“If they get to the point where they would take something that is extremely modest, then we’d still be in it,” Amaro said. “But they’d have to take something that’s very, very modest because, frankly, we don’t have any money to play with right now.”
Amaro wouldn’t say what “modest” means, but it’s safe to say it’s less than $1 million.
If the Phillies are looking for another lefthanded arm to have in camp, lefthander Mike Bacsik is looking for a job. He pitched for triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2005, so he has familiarity with the Phillies’ organization and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who he also knew in Cleveland.
“My connection to Charlie and the organization makes the idea of being part of the Phillies organization enticing,” Bacsik said. “My ability to start or relieve could possibly serve a need the organization has from the left side. I spent most of 2007 pitching in the big leagues with Washington and would welcome a trip back to the NL East.”
Ryan Madson changed numbers. He wears No. 46 after wearing No. 63.
“I needed a change,” Madson said. “(President Barack) Obama said it’s time for change.”
The Phillies could use another lefthander in their bullpen, but the Phillies won’t be signing one of the remaining free agent lefthanders on the market like Joe Beimel and Will Ohman.
“They’re available, but we’re not on them,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “At some point you have to call off the jam and go with the people that you have.”
So even if they remain unsigned a couple weeks from now and their asking price drops considerably?
“Unless the demand is tremendously modest,” Amaro said. “And I don’t see that happening.”
The Phillies have an estimated Opening Day payroll of $131.5 million. I spoke with Phillies president David Montgomery yesterday about how the Phillies were able to spend so much money while the country is reeling in a recession. He made a great point. The Phillies were very fortunate to win the World Series in 2008 because it allowed them to keep spending — despite the economic madness around them.
I also think it could set them up nicely the next few years, too. While other teams might be taking a big financial hit in 2009, which means they could be spending even less in 2010 and 2011, the Phillies should do quite well. Of course, they need to keep winning. But there is no reason to think Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge and others aren’t in the primes of their careers, and can’t keep returning to the postseason the next few years.
From the feeling I get, I think it is unlikely Nomar Garciaparra joins the Phillies.
“I really don’t have a timetable,” Amaro said. “We talked to him a few weeks ago. We talked to him fairly recently. He isn’t quite ready to make a decision yet.”