PHILADELPHIA -- Add relievers J.C. Romero and Antonio Alfonseca to the list of players who filed for free agency on Tuesday, meaning six of Philadelphia's 10 eligible candidates have notified the player's association of their intentions. Forty-three more players filed on the second day they could, bringing the total to 100. Center fielder Aaron Rowand, infielder Abraham Nunez and pitchers Jon Lieber and Jose Mesa filed on Monday, with Kyle Lohse, Rod Barajas, Tadahito Iguchi and Freddy Garcia expected to declare by the Nov. 8 deadline. The Phillies have exclusive negotiating rights with their own free agents until Nov. 12, and have said they would like to retain Rowand, Romero and possibly Lohse. They've spoken to representatives from each player's camp, though it's early in the process.
Romero, 31, rescued the Phillies' bullpen after being claimed off waivers on June 22. The lefty posted a 1.24 ERA in 51 games for the Phillies, allowing five earned runs in 36 1/3 innings. He appeared in 20 of the team's 28 September games and didn't allow a run. Romero made the pitch that essentially ended Philadelphia's season, a ball that Jeff Baker rifled into right field for a go-ahead single in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the one-run lead held up as the Rockies swept the Phillies out of the National League Division Series. Alfonseca posted a 5.44 ERA in 61 games for the Phillies, his most appearances in any season since pitching in 79 games for the Braves in 2004. Subpar numbers aside, the right-hander filled in beautifully while closers Brett Myers and Tom Gordon mended. From May 26-July 24, Alfonseca collected eight saves and compiled a 2.12 ERA in 18 games. Meanwhile, the Phillies brass concluded two days of organizational meetings on Tuesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. They reiterated that pitching is the team's top priority.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.