CLEARWATER, Fla. -- File this one under: It never hurts to ask.
Right-hander Kyle Lohse remains a free agent, despite pitching effectively the previous two seasons with the Cardinals. The Phillies' rotation includes Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, but a pitcher like Lohse certainly would make their pitching staff more formidable.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said this weekend the Phillies will not be surprising anybody with a free-agent signing like Lohse.
"I think we're going into the spring with what we've got right now," Amaro said. "It's subject to change always, but we're going to see these guys."
Amaro said he sees Kyle Kendrick and John Lannan as the team's fourth and fifth starters.
"But there are guys in camp that are going to be battling," Amaro insisted. "We've got [Aaron] Cook, Rodrigo Lopez and [Jon] Pettibone. Somebody might open up some eyes, [Tyler] Cloyd, you never know. Lannan is the frontrunner. It's kind of his job to lose, but he's got to pitch just like everybody else. There are very few guys who are locked in."