Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Pitching options in Philadelphia
By Doug Mittler
The Philadelphia Phillies could use another pitcher now that Roy Halladay will undergo surgery on his injured shoulder that will sideline him for a few months.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said the Phillies will continue to look externally for pitching help, but MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki does not see the club making a big move anytime soon. Given a sluggish start, the Phillies could just as easily end up as sellers rather than buyers as July 31 approaches.
Zolecki suggests the Phillies could keep their eye on the notable list of veterans who have opt-out clauses in their minor league contracts, a group that includes Chien-Ming Wang (May 31), Jeremy Bonderman (June 1) and Jair Jurrjens (June 15).
Bonderman has a respectable 3.70 ERA with a 5.4 K/9 ratio over eight starts at Triple-A Tacoma. If the Mariners fail to promote him, it seems likely that he will exercise his opt-out clause.