The Phillies must shore up their bullpen at the trade deadline. The Phillies bullpen has been decimated by injuries this year, which has forced youngsters Mike Stutes and Antonio Bastardo into more prominent roles. The two have performed beyond expectations, but how will the increased innings or the pressure of the postseason break them?
With Brad Lidge's status as an effective pitcher in doubt when he returns, the Phillies cannot afford to pass on bullpen help.
The Phillies are repeatedly being linked to Heath Bell. Bell would be a good option, but a pricey one. The Cardinals, who find themselves in an unexpected dogfight in the NL Central, seem desperate to match the Brewers acquisition of Francisco Rodriguez. St. Louis could drive up the price of Bell.
Here are six potentially available pitchers, three right handed and three left handed, who could help the Phillies bullpen at a cheaper price.