How will the Phillies replace Clay Condrey?

While Clay Condrey was never the biggest name in the Phillies bullpen, he wasn't a bad guy to have around. The right-hander seemed to have found a home until being non-tendered by the Phillies on Saturday. Now, the search begins for a replacement.

The two key names on the potential non-tender chopping block for the Phillies were Chad Durbin and Clay Condrey. Durbin survived, but Condrey joins the ranks of the unemployed after being non-tendered by the Phillies on Saturday.

The Phillies were able to get close enough to working out an agreeable deal with Durbin that they decided to offer him a deal for next season. They're now hopeful that they'll be able to avoid arbitration and get a new contract worked out with the 32 year-old right-hander.

Durbin's potential deal may have helped to pull the rug out from under Condrey, who is now a free agent. It's likely that Condrey will find a new home elsewhere after compiling a 16-8, 3.65 record with the Phillies over the past four seasons. Over the past two seasons, Condrey pitched to a 3.16 ERA and was 9-6 for the Phillies during the regular season and had a 5.40 ERA in the post-season with the Phillies over the past three seasons.

Durbin will stand to get a nice raise from his $1.635 million deal that he had for last season, while Condrey will be hoping to land a deal better than the one that paid him $650 thousand dollars for 2009.

As for who will replace Condrey, there are no immediate answers. If the Phillies look to fill the role from within, Kyle Kendrick could be one option. Scott Mathieson, who has battled back from two Tommy John surgeries, might be considered the front runner if he can continue to show that he's healthy and able to get major league hitters out.

Two of the bigger relievers who hit the free market after being non-tendered on Saturday are Matt Capps (formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates) and Mike MacDougal (formerly of the Washington Nationals).

Both pitchers struggled with their control at times last season and Capps allowed ten home runs in 54 1/3 innings with the Pirates, a number that could scare the Phillies away from having him join their club's bullpen.

To give them some insurance in both the bullpen and starting rotation, the Phillies have talked to John Smoltz about a potential deal. It wasn't that long ago that Smoltz had said he would never want to pitch for the Phillies and called Citizens Bank Park a "joke". Now, he's said to be considering the Phillies interest.

The Phillies were also interested in Scott Olsen, who was non-tendered by the Nationals on Saturday, but in a somewhat pre-arranged deal, Olsen signed a heavily incentive-laden deal with the Nationals on Sunday.

The Phillies could also look at re-signing Tyler Walker, who they allowed to become a free agent earlier in the off-season.

Generally, there aren't too many relievers on the trade market, but the Phillies have been working with other clubs on a few potential trades and continue to scour for any available relievers.

To complicate matters, the Phillies are still trying to re-sign both Chan Ho Park and Scott Eyre. The club has met with agents for both players, but aren't reportedly close on deals for either of the relievers who both played key roles in the Phillies 2009 bullpen.

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