PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies could be quiet the rest of the offseason, although general manager Matt Klentak said the club is exploring options to find another hitter or another relief pitcher."Obviously, we have the commitment of our ownership that if there's an opportunity out there, we have the financial support
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies could be quiet the rest of the offseason, although general manager Matt Klentak said the club is exploring options to find another hitter or another relief pitcher.
"Obviously, we have the commitment of our ownership that if there's an opportunity out there, we have the financial support to do it," Klentak said on Friday morning at Citizens Bank Park. "Right now the balance, as we talked about at the Winter Meetings, is do we give opportunities to players outside or give opportunities to our young players who need opportunities at the big league level?
"Even the week since the Winter Meetings, we continue to have dialogue with agents and teams to see what opportunities may present themselves. We're still exploring the idea of adding another bat, but we may not do it. We could add another bullpen arm or we may not. There's a variety of different ways we can go. Whichever way we end up going it's going to be for the right reasons."
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If the Phillies sign another hitter, he figures to be an extra outfielder. About the only scenario in which the club acquires an everyday-type player is if it gets a deal it simply cannot refuse. In other words, a significant talent that requires little return in a trade or a free agent on a one-year contract.
But even then, Klentak referenced that balancing act. If the Phillies could find an everyday outfielder on a short-term deal, he would take away opportunities from young outfielders like Roman Quinn, Aaron Altherr and potentially Nick Williams and Dylan Cozens. And the Phillies want to use next season to learn more about those players.
"We continue to prioritize roster flexibility and payroll flexibility so players that are in position to sign shorter term contracts are going to be more appealing to us," Klentak said. "We've demonstrated that with [Howie Kendrick] and [Pat Neshek] and [Joaquin Benoit] and [Jeremy Hellickson] and [Andrés Blanco]. I think that's something likely we will continue moving forward."
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.