Phillies manager Charlie Manuel would like a right-handed bat and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. agrees that making a move for one would “help balance the lineup.” But the GM told Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he is “always concerned” about his bullpen.
"I don't think it's absolutely necessary that we get a right-handed bat in order to win the World Series," Amaro said. "To me, I'm more concerned about our pitching than our offense."
The Phillies just placed Jose Contreras on the disabled list, where he joins Brad Lidge and starters Joe Blanton and (it appears likely) Roy Oswalt. Though Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo are pitching tremendously, Amaro would prefer not to have to rely on such inexperienced pitchers so consistently.
MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes presented some potentially available left-handed and right-handed relievers this month. David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News recently explained the impact of Contreras' injury on Philadelphia's 'pen.