Who can it be now? That's the burning question. The market for free agents relief pitchers is quickly drying up faster than your grandmother without lubricants (pass the K-Y). Chad Bradford, Danys Baez, Justin Speier, Jaime Walker, and others have already inked deals. The Phils have been rumored to have almost signed Joe Borowski before doctors advised Gillick not to do so because his shoulder was as fragile as Terrell Owens' ego. Miguel Batista and David Weathers are supposedly on the Phils radar too, hopefully we add an extra arm soon.
Joe Borowski was an over-educated know-it-all's (a.k.a. a doctor, sorry Corey) opinion away from landing a multi-year deal from the Phils only days ago. He did knock out 36 saves for the Marlins last season, but he has a shoulder/rotator cuff fray that is worrisome. A 1-year pact is probably the way to go if the Phils do still sign him, because the risk is not as great. He has closer credibility, so he would be the fill-in when Flash Gordon takes his annual stay on the DL. I say give him 1 year 2 million with plenty of incentives and a vesting option for appearances.
David Weathers is a goofing looking S.O.B., some might call him special, but he's durable (754 games) and can pitch very well for periods of time. He'd bring stability to the bullpen if signed, but he's probably not worth the years or millions it will cost to land him. On a positive note, the signing of Weathers would lend well to blog topics like- "Weathers on a hot streak", "Weathers has gone cold", or "David, Weathers the storm". I'm easily amused.
Miguel Batista isn't good, he isn't bad, he's just Hispanic. But seriously, Batista might make the most sense of all three of these options. Miguel has been a closer for Toronto in '05, a starter most of his career, and has worked the bullpen too. He could be a fill-in closer, a spot starter, or extra arm in the pen. I doubt Batista will come cheap though, based on the market for starting pitchers...Adam Eaton got 3 year 24.5 million for crying out loud.
Bottom line, we need an arm or two or three to add to the bullpen next season. Gillick has mentioned possibly trading to gain a set-up man too.