MLB Rumors: Philadelphia Phillies Interested in John Maine?

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MLB Rumors:  Philadelphia Phillies Interested in John Maine?
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It was announced yesterday that the Philadelphia Phillies have shown interest in signing right handed pitcher John Maine.  The team has allegedly had discussions with Maine's agent Rex Gary. 

Maine is a decent pitcher in the back end of rotations.  Over his career Maine has posted a 41-36 record with a 4.35 ERA in 105 starts. 

Maine suffered a major setback when he was removed from just his ninth start last season and missed the remainder of the season after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery.  Maine's agent reported however that his recovery was going well and that there is no question that he will be ready for Spring Training.

The Phillies have made it clear that they are looking to move Joe Blanton after signing Cliff Lee this offseason.  Blanton is due $17 million over the next two seasons.  Maine on the other hand has made about $six million the past two seasons.  By signing Maine and moving Blanton the Phillies could potentially free up $10 million.

The Phillies have also had other prospects make a few starts the past few seasons but the team is not confident in these young guys contributing to the team just yet. 

Pitchers such as Kyle Kendrick, Vance Worley and Nelson Figueroa have struggled in their fill in roles in the starting rotation and the team is looking for a more experienced and proven player to fill that fifth rotation spot. 

If the Phillies were to sign Maine, it would most likely be a one-year deal with a club option for 2012.  Given his track record, Maine would most likely earn around $four million in 2011 which is a deal the Phillies would definitely be able to afford. 

Let's not forget either that Jamie Moyer has already said he is looking to make a return in 2012 and the Phillies could pursue a one year deal with him after the season so any long term deal with Maine is out of the question. 

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