In his latest Rumblings and Grumblings, ESPN’s Jayson Stark cites baseball sources in his report that Joe Borowski and Rudy Seanez have been offered minor league contracts with invites to spring training. [Link]
Readers recall that Borowski, 37, was offered a contract by the Phils once before in 2007 until they reduced the offer under the advice of doctors. Borowski balked and went to Cleveland instead where he led the league in saves (45). (Borowski generated approximately 3 million inches of commentary in our discussion threads that season as the Phils struggled to find answers in their own bullpen). Indians fans would claim Borowski also led the league in headaches, making an adventure out of many 9th innings. He entered 2008 as the Tribe’s closer, and after missing a month with a triceps injury, he not only lost the closer job, he lost his job completely, getting the pink slip July 10 and remaining unemployed the rest of the season. In 12 seasons, he’s 22-24 with a 4.18 ERA and 131 saves.
There’s no need to go into much detail on Rudy Seanez, who posted a workman-like 3.53 ERA (30/25 K/BB ratio) in 43.3 innings with the world champs. The 40-year-old was used sparingly by season’s end and missed time with a dead shoulder. Readers will recall that J.A. Happ beat him out of a spot on the playoff roster despite having no bullpen experience. Seanez is a good pro with lots of experience and underrated strikeout totals, but he’s nearly cooked and has been flirting with retirement, according to previous reports.
Stark also lists the usual suspects of righty bats and lefty arms while reaffirming the Phillies’ interest in Moises Alou.