Once he reaches that point, he has to decide whether he can fill the job internally with Ben Francisco and/or Domonic Brown, or whether he needs to find outside help. One potential name is Jeff Francoeur, who the Phillies have pursued a couple of times in the past. Francoeur hit a combined .249 in his time with the Mets and Rangers last season and is a career .268 hitter. The good news is that Francoeur is a career .299 hitter against left-handers and it's likely that he would be platooning with Brown and primarily facing left-handers as a member of the Phillies.
Amaro also has a glaring need for left-handers in the bullpen. The Phillies are going to ask about the price tag on lefty Hisanori Takahashi, who pitched for the Mets in 2010, going 10-6 with a 3.61 ERA and eight saves in 53 games with the Mets, including 12 starts. Last season was Takahashi's first in the majors, but he is a free agent thanks to a clause in his contract that allowed him to become a free agent if he and the Mets were unable to agree on a longer term deal.
Amaro doesn't have much left in the account for the 2011 season and he only has 17 players signed at a total of about $138 million. The Phillies would like to keep their payroll under the $145 million mark for the upcoming season.