Pat Gillick confirmed a New York Post report that says the Phillies are out of the running for free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse, who pitched for the club last season. [Link]
Phillies assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told the Post that the club would not go beyond three years for Lohse, who went a combined 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA with the Reds and Phillies last season. The Mets are said to be offering the four-year deal he’s seeking.
Beerleaguer: If the Mets want to take it to the Phils, using four seasons of Kyle Lohse as their ammunition, bring it. He’s an average pitcher … The deal for Chad Durbin is one-year, $900,000. At that price, he was worth a shot. … Expect only 'small splashes' between now and spring training. I’d love to see just one more strong offer for someone who could legitimately fill the set-up role, but time is running out. … I keep reading John Parrish's name. This one has 'Phillies' written all over it. Parrish is a 30-year-old fringe LOOGY who had elbow ligament surgery two seasons ago. He’s a product of the Orioles system from back when Pat Gillick was there. He’s pitched for Baltimore and Seattle. They could probably get him at a minor league rate. And he's from Lancaster, Pa. John 'Small Splash' Parrish.