Jim Salisbury of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies are working towards adding to a pitching staff that's been weakened by the absence of Brad Lidge and Brett Myers. The team has enough financial flexibility to add payroll, but there's no guarantee Ruben Amaro Jr. will be able to acquire the pitching he covets.
"So many [teams] are looking for pitching," he says. "Wanting to do something and actually doing something are often totally different things."
For now, Amaro says he's "pursuing both" relievers and starters. Salisbury mentions Erik Bedard as a possible fit, though the Mariners would ask for a lot in return and the Phillies would have to be sure Bedard's shoulder is healthy. Amaro says he wouldn't mind adding a lefty to a group of southpaws that includes Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer, J.A. Happ and Antonio Bastardo.