Outside bullpen options limited for Phillies

Outside bullpen options limited for Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies bullpen has been battered most of the season, but outside help is limited.

Of course, former All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan had been available until Friday, when the Tigers signed him to a $1 million contract with up to $2 million more in incentives. Hanrahan is recovering from Tommy John surgery and might not be available until June.

"We talked to his agent," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Sunday morning at Citizens Bank Park.

Amaro declined to elaborate, but either the Phillies were not comfortable with Hanrahan's price tag or they simply were not interested.

"It's well worth the gamble for us," Tigers team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "Joel's a well-established big league pitcher that can pitch in the back end of the game. We think he can stabilize our bullpen situation when he's able to do so."

Kevin Gregg is available. He had a 3.48 ERA in 62 appearances last season with the Cubs. Ryan Madson remains unsigned, although he has not pitched in the big leagues since 2011 because of elbow problems. Madson had been seeking a big league contract during Spring Training, but buzz around baseball is he might not pitch again.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.