Phillies Eye Starters

Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IMay 24, 2009

PHOENIX - APRIL 29:  Starter Doug Davis #49 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field on April 29, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 10-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


The Phillies are in dire need of pitching and need to act fast if they want to stay in contention in the National League East. After Hamels and Myers, the Nos. 3-5 pitchers all have ERAs over 6.80.

J.A. Happ has made a couple good starts, but he has been pitching well out of the

bullpen. Top pitching prospect Carlos Carrasco is 0-5 with a 6.31 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A, and there aren't any other viable minor league options.


On the free agent market, you could probably get Pedro Martinez or Mark Mulder at a bargain rate, but they are no guarantee to be successful.

The Phillies do have a lot of options though. They could look to the Mariners and ask about Erik Bedard, who is 2-2 with a 2.64 ERA. They could also inquire about Doug Davis of the Diamondbacks, who is in the last year of his contract and likely won't cost very much.

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.