First, they signed 36-year-old outfielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 million deal. They followed it up by re-signing catcher Carlos Ruiz, who will be 35 on Opening Day, to a three-year, $26 million deal.
Since they have signed a 35 and 36-year-old, why not try a 37-year-old? Free agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo told Jim Bowden of ESPN Radio that the Phillies have expressed interest in him this off-season. It was reported early in the off-season that Arroyo had interest from Philadelphia.
Arroyo, who turns 37 in February, was 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.15 ERA in 32 starts for the Cincinnati Reds last season. He has thrown 199 or more innings every year dating back to 2005 and hasn't started fewer than 32 games in that time frame so durability is definitely a strength of Arroyo's.
All you have to do is look at his age to get that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach that Ruben Amaro Jr. will find a way to make him a Phillie.
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