Joining a handful of San Diego relievers that include Heath Bell on the list of relied help the Phils are seeking is Marlins closer Leo Nunez.
Reported by ESPN’s Jayson Stark – our Philly-lovin’ writer for the “world wide leader in sports” – the Phillies have talked to Marlins brass about acquiring the right-hander. Florida is said to be interested in some of the Phillies young arms, which I may not be a fan of seeing as I’m practically in love with Antonio Bastardo and Michael Stutes.
From MLB Trade Rumors:
The Phillies have talked to the Marlins about closer Leo Nunez, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The Marlins seek young pitching in return, Crasnick adds…Nunez fits with the Phillies’ goal of acquiring players they can control beyond this year, though his salary will get a healthy bump from this year’s $3.65MM.
Nunez has a 3.30 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 43 2/3 innings this season and has converted 27-of-30 save opportunities. Those type of numbers don’t blow me away as you can see Nunez has the ability to blow saves in the worst way as well put a runner on every time. Hopefully, Florida isn’t asking for one of our two big Pigs or I’d say let this deal go.