Back in mid-December, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported that the Philadelphia Phillies were one of five teams that had watched ESPN analyst Mark Mulder throw a bullpen session, as he attempts to pitch in the MLB for the first time since 2008.
Mulder ultimately signed a minor-league deal (that included an invite to spring training) with the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday. Despite that, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports confirmed last night that the Phillies did push for the 36 year-old southpaw.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 2, 2014
I know that the age of Mulder concerns some people, but it isn’t like the Phillies would have been guaranteeing him anything. A deal would have taken next to no money, and given the Phillies another arm to compete for the fifth rotation spot. Considering that he is reportedly throwing at 90 MPH with his re-invented delivery, I think that signing Mulder to a minor-league deal, with the idea that he could compete for a roster spot in spring training, would have been smart idea. If he had worked out, then they caught lightning in a bottle. If not, then you let him go, and really face no penalty.