An interesting idea on the Phillies front. The Boston Golbe’s Nick Cafardo is reporting that the Phillies interested in 36 year-old free-agent lefty Mark Mulder, who is attempting an MLB comeback.
2. Mark Mulder, LHP, free agent — Mulder is looking for a creative contract as he makes his comeback attempt. He may have to agree to a minor league deal first, with incentives if he makes the major league club. Mulder has worked out for the Giants, Padres, Diamondbacks, Angels, and Phillies over two sessions. In the second session, Mulder, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008, improved his velocity from 88 to 92 miles per hour. It’s a long road back, but the fact that Mulder’s shoulder is showing no signs of discomfort could mean he’d be a good back-end option for someone. The Red Sox have inquired, but probably won’t pursue him.
Mulder last pitched in the MLB as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, pitching just a combined six games between 2007 and 2008, as arm injuries forced his career to a screeching halt.
Mulder claims that he has re-invented his delivery, having emulated the motion of Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez.
This is more than just the idea of signing a current ESPN analyst, in hopes of having a good story. Mulder is a two-time All-Star, who is throwing at 92 MPH at age 36. Is he going to be able to be effective for a full season in the MLB? Maybe not. Does he have more upside than
Fausto Carmona Roberto Hernandez? You damn well better believe it.