Phillies Eyeing Bullpen Arm, Mid-Level Starters
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Nationals are expected to make a strong push to sign Braves free agent southpaw Eric O'Flaherty.
O'Flaherty appeared in just 19 games for the Braves in 2013, posting a 2.50 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 11/5 K/BB ratio over 18 innings before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery. Prior to the injury, O'Flaherty had established himself as one of the finest left-handed relievers in the National League.
He sports a sparkling 1.99 ERA since the start of the 2009 season but O'Flaherty is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and may not be available to his team until May.
The Phillies are also said to be looking for a mid-level starting pitcher.
The team reportedly extended offers to a pair of veteran right-handers; Scott Feldman and Ryan Vogelsong. According to a tweet from ESPN's Buster Olney, the Phillies offered Feldman a two-year deal for about $15 million before he ultimately signed with the Astros for three-years and $30 million.