While they certainly could stand to make upgrades in their starting rotation, Matt Klentak and the Philadelphia Phillies appear to be seriously interested in adding veteran relievers this offseason.
According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Phillies are interested in left-handed reliever Jake McGee:
Sources say the club would like to add one or two veterans to the bullpen and that team officials have discussed a reunion with free agent Pat Neshek. Sources say the Phils have also expressed interest in free-agent lefty Jake McGee.
McGee, 31, appeared in 62 games for the Colorado Rockies in 2017, posting a 3.61 ERA, a 2.93 FIP and a 3.95 xFIP. Though he's two years removed from a disappointing 2016 season, in 416 career games, he's posted a 3.15 ERA, a 2.97 FIP and a 3.29 xFIP.
This isn't the first time that the Phillies have been connected to McGee. MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported last month that the Phillies were interested in McGee, while also noting that McGee was a teammate with new Phillies manager Gabe Kapler with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Of course, in Salisbury's report, he also mentioned the name of former Phillies All-Star reliever Pat Neshek. This comes after he first reported Sunday night that the Phillies have had internal discussions about attempting to bring Neshek back. Neshek, 37, was a teammate of McGee's both for Team USA during the 2017 World Baseball Classic and later with the Colorado Rockies, who won the second National League Wild Card.
While it does feel like you can never have enough left-handed pitchers in your bullpen, it may make more sense for the Phillies to pursue a righty, like Neshek. If the second half of the season is any indication, they already have two pretty good left-handed options.
Though it once would have seemed foolish to count on much of anything from Adam Morgan, he posted a 2.73 ERA in 33 innings after the All-Star Break. Hoby Milner, 26, was extremely effective in 37 games in 2017, posting a 2.01 ERA. He's seemingly a lock to the be on the Opening Day roster.
The trio of Hector Neris, Luis Garcia and Edubray Ramos, who are all right-handed options, all have elite pitching repertoires, but have struggled to consistently put things together. If the second half of the 2017 season is any indication, they could be at the back-end of a pretty good bullpen. If the first-half of 2017 is any indication, the Phillies need to add at least one more right-handed option for the bullpen.
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