Ralph Walker, the father of Tyler Walker, told his hometown newspaper that the reliever has not ruled out a return to the Phillies. Meanwhile, the club gets set for the start of shopping season.
Walker does return to the organization, it would be on a minor league
deal. Walker, along with Eric Bruntlett, Andy Tracy, John Ennis and
Paul Hoover, were outrighted to the minors Monday. Bruntlett refused
the assignment and became a free agent, but according to Walker's
father, the right-hander may be willing to accept. "That's possible and
I know it's something that's high on his list," Ralph said. "I know he
is looking at his options." Beerleaguer: Just wanted to clarify the
process by which Bruntlett became a free agent and to follow up on Walker.
It would be great to keep the right-hander around as extra bullpen inventory. The Phillies would
be well served to start out the season with plenty of at-the-ready bullpen depth in the high minors, just as they did last season.
Notes: Teams can talk dollars and cents with free agents starting Friday, so expect the Phillies' hunt for outside help to heat up shortly. Meanwhile, dozens of new names have been floating around just for the sake of it, including Omar Vizquel, Jamey Carroll, John McDonald, Ronnie Belliard, Brandon Lyon and others. ... Top prospect Michael Taylor is hitting .294/.351/.471 in the Mexican League and is lighting up left-handed pitching, hitting .455/.571/.818. ... The general consensus seems to be that the Phillies have a decent chance of resigning Chan Ho Park and Scott Eyre, although Eyre "may have priced himself out of (the Phillies') range," according to Ruben Amaro Jr. in today's reports.