These are lean times to be a Phillies newshound. Here’s what you can expect over the coming days.
J.C. Romero is scheduled for his physical sometime this week. The Phillies agreed in principle on a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the veteran left-hander just before the holiday. If Romero flunks his physical, just as Dennys Reyes did, the Phillies will resort to plan 'C'. Interchangeable lefties Randy Flores, Joe Beimel, Tim Byrdak, Will Ohman and Ron Mahay are still around. … The Phillies are expected to continue shopping Joe Blanton, although there is no immediate urgency to move him. The Phils could wait until spring training in hopes that a team gets desperate with injury. … In the meantime, the Phillies are expected to dabble in the dwindling free agent market by looking to shore up areas like middle relief and a right-handed hitting outfielder cheaply. Players like Scott Hairston, Jerry Hairston Jr., Jose Guillen, Marcus Thames and the self-represented Jermaine Dye are available, but the Phillies could be content to stand pat. Former Phillie Taylor Buchholz, a reliever who might have interested them, was snatched up by the Mets yesterday, along with left-hander Chris Capuano (a pair of quality, value signings for the Mets ‘pen). … The Phillies invited 12 non-roster players to spring training earlier this off-season, including intriguing 25-man roster candidates like Jeff Larish and Dan Meyer. Look for a second wave of non-roster invites to be announced in the coming weeks, with several of those earmarked for young, up-and-comers.