Sheffield signed with the Mets instead.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said at the time the possibility remained the team could sign another right-handed bat to improve its bench. But that possibility sounds slim for the foreseeable future, meaning when everybody is healthy, the Phillies' five-man bench consists of Greg Dobbs, Matt Stairs, Eric Bruntlett, Chris Coste and Miguel Cairo.
"We're always looking to improve, but nothing is imminent," Amaro said.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.