Phillies Rumors: Philly Seeks Low-Risk Starter

The Philadelphia Phillies are seeking a low-risk, high-reward pitcher to fill out the back-end of their starting rotation, reports Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"We'll probably look to add a low-risk, high-reward type of guy, or somebody's who's come back from an injury, or someone like that who can battle for that fifth spot," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Sunday. "A lot of teams have had some success looking for that guy late in the season and finding that productive guy. So that's one possibility."

The Phillies are trying to replace the void created when they traded pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for center fielder Ben Revere. While Philadelphia has several young arms, including Jonathan Pettibone, Tyler Cloyd, Adam Morgan, and Ethan Martin, none are proven or considering a top prospect, “which probably will prompt a cheap addition from elsewhere,” according to Gelb.

While Phillies fans may seek a more proven name such as Ryan Dempster, Edwin Jackson or Shaun Marcum, Gelb expects someone more in the range of Joe Saunders, Chris Young, Carl Pavano, Derek Lowe, John Lannan, Jair Jurrjens, Kevin Millwood, and Chien-Ming Wang.

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