Will Izzy Go to Philly?
If the tweets of Adam Rubin and Steve Popper are any indication, Jason Isringhausen has yet to decide whether or not to accept the Mets’ “offer” of staying in warm and sunny Florida to further build up his arm.
Considering that Brad Lidge will be out for 3-6 weeks with a shoulder issue, one must wonder if the Phillies would be interested in adding Izzy to the back of their bullpen.
Personally, I don’t know that Isringhausen proved to be ready for the rigors of pitching regularly against MLB hitters just yet. But, the Phils are desperate to fill the closer role, and if nothing else, Izzy has plenty of experience. His agent would be remiss not to place a call to Philadelphia GM Ruben Amaro to see if there is any interest. And, Izzy would certainly prefer to get on an MLB roster immediately — especially one that has bright postseason hopes — rather than wait around in Florida hoping for a chance with a team that may be out of the race by mid-July.
And while we’re on the subject of relievers let go by the Mets, you have to think that hard-throwing Manny Acosta would at least cross the minds of the Phillies’ brass. There aren’t too many quality relievers available right now, so the Phils’ best bet is to roll the dice on someone risky but who has a glimmer of upside.