Free Agent Alert- Former Met John Maine to Join Phils Bullpen?



   A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that former Mets pitcher John Maine might join the Philadelphia Phillies, to pitch out of the bullpen. Since that report first surfaced, there hasn’t been much news on the right-hander who gave the Phillies much trouble as a foe up North, posting a 5-1 career record with a 2.56 ERA against the Phillies; the best ERA of any team he has faced. So, obviously getting him in red pinstripes will benefit the Phils—not so fast.

   While Maine has a career 2.78 ERA at Citizens Bank Park, something Phillies fans like to see, it isn’t sure if he is healthy enough to be the “Maine Event.” He underwent season-ending shoulder surgery last July, but reports are he has recovered quite well. Also, he didn’t finish last year strong, posting a 1-3 record with a 6.13 ERA in 9 starts. Over the last two seasons, Maine has only started 24 games due to injuries, and has not yet returned to his ’06 form which helped the Mets achieve a trip to the NLCS, which ended so nicely as I remember.


Maine, 30, is throwing bullpen sessions for multiple teams, according to writer Ken Rosenthal. Are the Phillies in attendance, and if Maine throws good, will he be added as a right-hander out of the bullpen? Surely, something will surface in the coming weeks.


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