Buster Olney Says Phillies are Frontrunners to Land a San Diego Reliever

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According to Buster Olney, the Phillies are frontrunners to land one of the Padres' relievers: Heath Bell, Mike Adams, or Chad Qualls. Olney also believes the Phillies have made reliever a priority over a right-handed bat.

As I wrote earlier, the key to this season may very well be the bullpen, though I'm not sure it is the worry most consider it to be.

Think about this for a moment: Ryan Madson, Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, and yes, even Kyle Kendrick have all been extremely reliable this year. Add on to that, Jose Contreras (who now has serious injury issues), Brad Lidge (expected to return soon), and Juan Perez (electric but risky) and you have the perfect mix of experience and youth. Adding a guy like Heath Bell, if for just the awesome factor alone, will be a huge lift to an already diverse group that is picking up the crumbs left behind by the best starting rotation in 20 years. 

I picture Ruben Amaro sitting in his office chewing on palm leaves and nodding his head – perhaps with a pseudo-American masseuse working his feet – as if to say "this should do it." 

Heath Bell also has that Todd Herremans I'm a chubby guy who loves to party look about him. We like that here in Philadelphia. See also Incaviglia, Pete; Kruk, John.

Also, this guy could be dangerous when teamed with Ryan Madson.

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Work those feet, Tiana.

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15 Responses

  1. NO QUALLS. That guy is junk. I’d rather ride out the kids in the pen (Stutes,Bastardo, etc…)
    -Face

  2. Internet police Kyle!
    You are wanted for spelling Olney “Olyney” in that first paragraph.
    Please and fix it henceforth. Thank you.

  3. As soon as I saw his fat ass run out of the bullpen and slide into the mound, I said to myself that I wanted him on this team.
    A bat would be nice, though. Maybe we’ll get Frenchy Francoeur, but Hunter Pence would be the ultimate.

  4. Is Hunter Pence really on the block or is this “surely we can rip off that half-wit Ed Wade again” conjecture?

  5. Heath bell would be a great club house guy and his stuff is still decent! Last time i went to a game against the Padres i talked to heath for a good 45 minutes during BP and he was even nice enough to sign a ball for my girlfriend. One down side though(this was june 2010) he kept telling me “we” made a mistake trading Donovan…. who’s laughing now Heath you meatball? that aside he would be a great fit! If perez keeps it up and madson and lidge come back we could get rid of fat face Baez!!!!

  6. This phillies know the same thing you know kyle. They decided to put all of their cards in the bullpen.
    If they acquire a good reliever, they KNOW they will have a solid bullpen. Any more weapons included in the phillies offense is not a guarantee that their mystery of an offense will perform.
    This is their best bet at winning the whole damn thing and yes im drunk

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