Phillies Add Tim Worrell To Revamped Bullpen

While the addition of closer Billy Wagner gave the Phillies the legitimate closer that they needed, the question of who would set him up still lingered. The Phillies picked up the option on lefty Rheal Cormier and it was assumed that they would bring back free agent Terry Adams. When Adams wasn't offered arbitration, fans wondered what would become of their bullpen. On Tuesday, general manager Ed Wade answered that question with the signing of Tim Worrell.

On Monday, one day after not offering arbitration to right-hander Terry Adams, Ed Wade asked fans to be patient. "Give us more time to wind our way through things," pleaded Wade. Then, he went on to hint that better things lay ahead. "I think there are some moves that we are capable of making."

The following day, the Phillies introduced Tim Worrell as their new right-hand setup man. Worrell signed a two-year deal worth an estimated $6 million.

Wade played on information that he had through the grapevine that the Giants wouldn't offer arbitration to Worrell, meaning that the Phillies wouldn't have to sacrifice any draft picks to sign the 36 year old reliever. Since the Phillies had already had preliminary talks with Worrell, Wade went to work to bring him to the Phillies bullpen. The move played out especially well for the Phillies since division rival Atlanta was their main competition to sign Worrell.

Worrell will join Wagner and Cormier as the only definites in the Phillies bullpen. It's expected that lefty Dan Plesac will return to the Phillies for a final season in the majors, but after that, there are still some holes. Carlos Silva was traded to Minnesota for Eric Milton and Adams and Turk Wendell became free agents and neither were offered arbitration. The Phillies declined options on relievers Mike Williams and Jose Mesa. The scenario now is that Cormier and Plesac may be the only returning members of the bullpen.

Worrell has 45 career saves – 38 of which came last year with the Giants – and a career ERA of 3.90 in 11 seasons. He spent the past three seasons with San Francisco, going 14-11 with a 2.87 ERA. Worrell was an important part of the Giants success according to Michelle Benedicto of SFDugout.com: "In 2003, Tim Worrell stepped in and took the role as closer for the San Francisco Giants with Robb Nen out for the season. The 36 year-old reliever had a great season going 4-4 with a 2.87 ERA and 38 saves in 45 chances. It is possible that the Giants declined to offer him arbitration in order to stay within the new Giants budget."

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