A potential fit for the Phillies bench appears to be going off the board.
Reports from Chicago say that Omar Vizquel is close to signing a one-year deal with the White Sox. No financial terms of the proposed deal have been released yet.
The Phillies had considered Vizquel a candidate to take over the role that Eric Bruntlett had played for the Phillies the past couple of seasons. The slick fielding Vizquel hit .266 in 62 games with Texas last season and played at short, third and second.
Patience is a virtue
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. insists that there is no hurry to sign free agents and doesn't expect anything to break quickly. Amaro did admit that the Phillies need to be aggressive in some areas, but also admitted that there is no need to rush into a potential mistake.
"It may behoove us to be patient in others. There's going to be a feeling-out period while we see how the market is going to play," Amaro told the Courier Post.
Amaro says that third base, an upgrade on the bench and an improved bullpen are the most important things for the Phillies to accomplish.
Eyre wants to stay in Philly
Relief pitcher Scott Eyre has said in the past that if he pitches in 2010, he wants to stay in Philadelphia. Eyre's elbow surgery was deemed a success, but he hasn't announced whether he will return to the mound or go into retirement. Last spring, Eyre said he would retire after the 2009 season, but has since said that he would consider pitching this coming season, but only in Philadelphia.
"I've heard that noise before, and I've seen guys play a long time after the statement is made," Amaro said.
Park wants a new start
At a press conference in Seoul, Korea, Chan Ho Park insists that he's a starting pitcher. The Phillies weren't completely convinced of that last season, but gave him a shot at pitching in the rotation. That shot ended after Park got off to a rough start and he exited for the bullpen, where he had another strong season. With his success in relief with the Phillies, it's likely that other clubs will continue to look at Park as a reliever, which is the only way that the Phillies will consider re-signing him.
"After having discussions with the agent, they know his best role is as a reliever. Now, if there's somebody out there who wants to have him start, he may want to go do that. When he goes out there looking, we'll have to look elsewhere as well," Amaro told the Courier Post.