Wednesday: Putz, Betancourt named in Phils’ rumors
Right-hander and former 40-game saver J.J. Putz, and right-hander Rafael Betancourt, who finished the season in Colorado, are listed as possibilities for the Phillies in two separate reports.ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick says they Phillies have expressed interest in Putz, who flamed out with a season-ending elbow injury after 29 1-3 innings with the Mets last season; Putz hasn’t been right since 2007. Betancourt, included in a FoxSports report, went 4-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 61 games with the Indians and Rockies. The 34-year-old faced the Phillies three times in the NLDS, striking out the side in Game 3. Update: One more rumor to report, courtesy of SI's Jon Heyman. The Phillies are one of three teams "believed to have some interest" in Randy Wolf. What offseason is complete without the annual rumor of Randy Wolf's fabled return "home."