The Phillies appear to be zeroing in on dependable lefty Dennys Reyes, but have also reportedly taked about left-hander George Sherrill, who is coming off a miserable 2010.
Beerleaguer: The Phillies could make a savvy play to buy low on Sherrill, who was overexposed to right-handers last season. The lefty finished with a 6.69 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in 65 appearances with the Dodgers, but was still very effective against lefties, holding them to a .192/286/.288 slash line in 85 plate appearances. Apart from 2010, the 33-year-old carries an impressive track record as a late-inning guy and was a hot commodity at the 2009 trade deadline. The Dodgers grabbed him to essentially counteract the heart of the Phillies' lineup. If he were to come to Philadelphia, the Phils are deep enough in the back of their bullpen to shield him from righties; adding another right-handed reliever would guarantee that. He earned $4.5 million last season and was arbitration eligible, so the Dodgers' decision to non-tender a deal was a no-brainer.
The Phillies appear to be zeroing in on either Sherrill or Dennys Reyes. For me, it's a toss up between Reyes' consistency and Sherrill's dominant upside. In seven seasons with the Mariners, Orioles and Dodgers, he's averaged about a strikeout an inning and has saved 56 games, last working as a full time closer with Baltimore prior to his trade to Los Angeles. If the Phillies find a way to be thrifty in their search for a left-handed specialist, it could free up the funds needed for a starting outfielder.