Phillies Interested In John Maine

The Phillies have had discussions with John Maine's representation, agent Rex Gary confirmed to Andrew Marchand and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.  The right-hander made just 24 starts in 2009 and 2010 and was non-tendered by the Mets this winter.

Philadelphia already has five starters with Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, and Joe Blanton.  Ideally though, the Phillies would like to move Blanton and the $17MM he is owed over the next two seasons.

Maine, who turns 30 in May, would likely have to accept a minor league deal.  The right-hander underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in July and his agent says that he has recovered very well.



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