According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Eric Gagne has a tryout with the Phillies this afternoon out in Arizona as the team continues to look for pieces to add to its depleted bullpen. The 2003 Cy Young Winner has been out of baseball since 2008, and pitched in the Can-Am League last season as a starter.
This is proof that if you are a warm body and can relieve, teams will look at you, including the former National League Champs. The Phillies have very little to spend as they draw closer to their $140 million cap, however, it’s moves like this that can be of the most importance. You can’t sign every Type-A free agent, and Ruben Amaro knows that, which is why he’s hoping Gagne can rekindle some of that magic from earlier in the decade. At this point, it seems fairly unlikely, but that’s what low-risk, high-reward is all about.