Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Report: Phillies interested in Mulder

By SAMUEL BOTWINICK | Staff Writer
December 24, 2013, 9:15 p.m.
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Mark Mulder is trying to land a pitching job this coming season according to a report from Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe

The 36-year old left-handed pitcher, who has most recently worked as an analyst for ESPN's Baseball Tonight crew, has come out of retirement and has thrown several pitching sessions for interested teams.  Among those teams is the Phillies.

Mulder, who retired in 2008 because of shoulder problems, has reportedly hit the low 90s with his fastball in his most recent pitching sessions.

The Phillies might be interested in him for a couple of reasons.  One, they're desperate for any pitching help at this point, with Roy Halladay retiring, and, therefore, not having five adequate starters.  Two, he could serve as a mentor for younger pitchers who are either coming up through the farm system or have recently tried their hand at the Majors, but are not sure if they're here to stay.

If Mulder is given a deal, it will most likely be of the minor league variety with a Spring Training invite. 

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