A couple years ago, the Phillies took a chance on an up-and-down fringe starter turned reliever named Chad Durbin. They're reportedly interested in doing the same with another ex-Tiger righty.
Eddie Bonine, who went 4-0 with a 2.81 ERA in the first half only to fade into a 4-1, 4.63 ERA final mark, refused a minor-league assignment with Detroit and opted to become a free agent. FoxSports' Jon Paul Morosi says the Phillies are interested in bringing him aboard on a minor league deal. Bonine, who offsets a mid-80s fastball with a secondary knuckleball he throws about 20 percent of the time, spent the entire season with the Tigers after floating in and out of the majors the previous two seasons. In parts of three big-league seasons, he's 7-3 with a 4.74 ERA and 54/39 K/BB ratio in 129 innings, getting by with his command and little else. According to MLB.com's Tigers scribe, "opponents batted .395 against him after the break. He was inconsistent with his knuckleball, especially late in the season, and hitters made him pay for leaving his fastball in the strike zone." Bonine throws a slider and change-up in addition to the fastball and knuckler.
If swayed to join the Phils, it's likely he would serve a similar in-between swing role to that of Nelson Figueroa. Here's some video of him. [Clip]