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Phillies reportedly interested in former All-Star reliever

Since Dave Dombrowski was hired to lead the Philadelphia Phillies baseball operations department, the team’s offseason moves have primarily consisted of bullpen additions. And it appears that the Phillies may not be done adding from the relief market.

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The Phillies are “in the mix” of teams interested in former All-Star reliever Alex Colomé, according to a report Tuesday from Mark Feinsand of The San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins are also connected to the right-hander in the report.

Colomé is a free agent after spending the last two years with the Chicago White Sox. He had a 2.27 ERA with the team, and had a 0.81 ERA in 21 appearances in 2020.

The 32-year-old broke into the major leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013, and played for the Seattle Mariners in 2018 after a trade during the season. Colomé was an American League All-Star in 2016 and led the league in saves the next season.

A potential addition of Colomé could help bolster a Phillies bullpen that has also added major-league relievers Sam Coonrod and José Alvarado, a former teammate of Colomé in Tampa Bay.

Unlike the Phillies’ previous relief acquisitions, Colomé is not an exceptionally hard thrower. He instead relies deception and missing barrels to produce swings and misses or ground balls, capable of providing a different look at the back-end of the Phillies bullpen if signed.


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