In early January, lefty reliever Scott Eyre told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki he was retiring. Eyre, 38 in May, turned down a minor league offer from the Phillies and suggested he still would've retired with a bigger offer.
However, Eyre left the door open when talking to Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently. He said his surgically-repaired elbow feels good, and he could be game-ready in about three weeks. Eyre noted that it'd have to be a good situation to compel him to put his family's planned RV trip on hold.
When the offseason began, Eyre was saying he'd choose the Phillies or retirement. Due to J.C. Romero's October surgery to repair a torn tendon in his elbow, the Phils are currently light on lefties to start the season according to Hagen. Eyre merits consideration, as he handled southpaws well the last few years. The Phillies could also go after free agents such as Joe Beimel, Alan Embree, and Ron Mahay with minor league offers.