With some uncertainty floating around, it is no surprise that the Phillies have been linked to potential bullpen upgrades. Washington Nationals beat writer Bill Ladson of MLB.com mentions the Phillies as one of the teams competing for lefthander J.P. Howell.
“There is still a chance the Nationals could sign Howell. But the Nats have competition for his services. From what I'm hearing, the Phillies, Cubs, Mariners and Rangers have interest in Howell. I don't expect Howell to sign a deal until after Christmas.”