Phillies ink local southpaw to Minor League deal

Phillies ink local southpaw to Minor League deal

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are looking for a reliable, proven left-hander in their 2011 bullpen.

Keep an eye on names like Hisanori Takahashi, Pedro Feliciano, Brian Fuentes and Arthur Rhodes -- all of whom are available.

But in the meantime, on Wednesday, Philadelphia signed left-hander Dan Meyer to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Meyer, who attended Kingsway Regional High School in southern New Jersey, went 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 71 appearances with the Marlins in 2009. He suffered a calf injury this past season and went 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in 13 appearances with Florida.

He went 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 32 appearances with Triple-A New Orleans.

It is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Phillies. If Meyer returns to 2009 form, he is a steal. If he doesn't, no harm.

Meyer at least gives the Phils a little bit of left-handed depth while they pursue pitchers like Takahashi. The only left-handed relievers on the 40-man roster with big league experience are Antonio Bastardo, Mike Zagurski and Sergio Escalona.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.