Phillies Reportedly Make Offer to Pitcher Chris Tillman
With Spring Training now officially through its third day, the Phillies remain in the market for a starting pitcher. One name we suggested last week might be a good fit for the Phillies is pitcher Chris Tillman, a free agent most recently with the Baltimore Orioles. As it turns out, the Phillies appear to have made Tillman an offer.
Dan Clark of TBLDaily.com reports that the Phillies and Twins have both made an offer to Tillman. The Orioles, meanwhile, have not made an offer for their former All-Star to return. The Orioles have less pressure to sign Tillman after signing free agent pitcher Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million deal.
The Twins, meanwhile, may have also moved on. The Twins signed pitcher Anibal Sanchez to a one-year, $2.5 million major league contract, with incentives that could make the deal worth $5 million.
Tillman is expected to pick a team in the "next few days" reports Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Daily Sun.
In another move, the Phillies took a chance on pitcher Drew Hutchison, signing him to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Hutchison was once a promising young starter with the Toronto Blue Jays but has battled injury after missing the 2013 season with "Tommy John" surgery.
The Phillies were also said to show interest in Cubs pitcher Mike Montgomery this offseason. Montgomery prefers to start and does not appear to have a place in the Cubs starting rotation after the signing of Yu Darvish. The Cubs, however, appear content to keep Montgomery.