With free agency underway, the Philadelphia Phillies‘ organization and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. have started to look for players who they believe can help get their team back to the playoffs and even further. There have been many positions that the Phillies need to fill. Amaro has expressed that he would like to fill every need via free agency or trade(s). The Phillies are looking for a couple of outfielders, a third basemen, some depth on their bench, but most importantly, an 8th inning setup man to get the ball, in the ninth, to one of the MLB‘s best closers, Jonathan Papelbon.
There are a couple of expensive options out there but the Phillies have a chance to bring back a veteran pitcher who has had a lot of success in Philadelphia.
Brett Myers was drafted by the Phillies with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 1999 amateur draft. Myers made his debut with the Phillies on July 24th, 2002. Ever since that day, Myers became an important part of a Phillies team that was developing into World Series competitors. Myers played in Philadelphia from 2002 till the end of 2009. He was a key component for a Phillies team in 2008 that won the World Series.
But how would Myers fit into the Phillies’ bullpen?
Myers served as the Phillies closer in 2007 and recorded 21 saves while moving from the starting rotation midseason. Myers also served as the closer for the Houston Astros and also served as a set up man for the Chicago White Sox last season. Myers would fit in perfectly for a Phillies bullpen that is inexperienced. He would also be cheaper than signing Mike Adams as well.
If the Phillies want to fill their outfield and infield needs, then signing Brett Myers for the 8th inning role may be the best option for them to compete in 2013.
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