Report: Phillies Interested in Lefty Bullpen Arm
The general managers meetings came and went without the Phillies making a trade. However, there is plenty of time to make moves before the Phillies break camp in February. As the Phillies look to upgrade their pitching, the Phillies are reportedly interested in a lefty reliever who has connections to Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.
According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, the Phillies are interested in left-handed reliever Jake McGee:
The Phillies are among the teams interested in free-agent left-handed reliever Jake McGee, who won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2017 World Baseball Classic and posted a 1.099 WHIP in 62 appearances for the Rockies this season.
Kapler and McGee were teammates with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Phillies have the newly-emerged Adam Morgan and Hoby Milner as left-handed options along with late-season acquisition Zac Curtis, who appeared in six games for the Phillies down the stretch. That assumes that Curtis and Milner make the roster cut this weekend.
The Phillies are expected to open a few spots on their roster to protect some prospects from the Rule 5 draft. The deadline is tomorrow (Monday) to set their 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft, which takes place on December 14 at the winter meetings. The Phillies have several prospects who figure to be added.
So, expect some moves Sunday into Monday.