The Phillies will definitely continue shopping for bullpen help
The Phillies have already been linked, rumored, or even loosely tied to free agents like Josh Hader and Jordan Hicks. Although this time of year, which teams haven't been?
Bowden suggests bullpen options like Hector Neris, Matt Moore, Nick Martinez, Phil Maton, and Emilio Pagán are, or should be, on the Phillies' shopping list. Neris, who spent eight seasons in red pinstripes, would be a great re-addition to the relief corps after spending two seasons in Houston. He's coming off a successful year with a 1.71 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and a 90.5 percent strand rate.
Another former Phillie, Moore, would be a help, even if fans still have a bad taste in their mouths after his 6.29 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 2021. He has had a couple of incredible seasons since then, with a combined 2.20 ERA and 1.17 WHIP while pitching for Texas, the Los Angeles Angels, Cleveland and Miami.
Martinez isn't as flashy but got the job done with a 30.3 percent CSW and a 53.8 percent ground ball rate out of the San Diego Padres bullpen last season. He might be a good option if the Phillies want to add a long relief or swingman arm. The other possible targets, Maton (3.00 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) and Pagán (2.99 ERA, 0.95 WHIP), had strong seasons for Houston and Minnesota, respectively.
On the trade front, Matt Brash, Justin Topa, Griffin Jax, and Julian Merryweather remain options, according to Bowden.
The Seattle Mariners' Brash has filthy stuff and a 13.63 K/9 to match. Another Mariner, Justin Topa, doesn't have the same kind of strikeout stuff but ran a 2.61 ERA on a 56.7 percent ground ball rate.
The Minnesota Twins' Griffin Jax also runs a high ground ball rate (55.6 percent) and pairs that with a 9.37 K/9. Julian Merryweather finally stayed healthy this past season and put it all together with a 12.25 K/9 and 3.38 ERA for the Chicago Cubs.
Adding any of these bullpen names would be a good get for Fuld and Dombrowski.
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