Discussion: Phillies’ Search For A Lefty Reliever

The Phillies appeared to have their bullpen all squared away for 2011 when they agreed to a one-year, $1.1MM deal with 33-year-old Dennys Reyes.  However, the deal fell apart roughly a week later for unknown reasons.  While Ruben Amaro has already landed the biggest item on his Christmas wish list, a reunion with Cliff Lee, he is still looking to add a reasonably-priced left-handed reliever.

On Monday, J.C. Romero made it known that he would like to return to Philadelphia.  The left-hander would likely have to take a pay cut however, as he earned $4.5MM in 2010.  Hideki Okajima is another attractive available relief option but with strong interest from the Mets and other clubs, he could be too pricey for the Phillies. 

Recently, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer identified four relievers who would sign for a deal similar to the one Reyes and the Phillies (initially) agreed upon.  Joe Beimel, Randy Flores, Ron Mahay, and Will Ohman would all fall into that price range.  With those options available, Gelb argues that the Phillies would be better off rounding out their bullpen from within.  If you were in Ruben Amaro's position, what would you do?

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