What a quick turnaround from 24 hours ago. The Phillies appeared to find a true set-up man for the 2013 season and for a very low price. Now that may have changed rapidly.
In the wake of the Atlanta Braves improving with the signing of outfielder B.J. Upton, the Phillies pending trade for Houston Astros’ reliever Wilton Lopez may have fallen through.
Lopez was in town yesterday for a physical – the results are unknown – and did battle an elbow injury midway through the 2012 season. The Phillies expressed some concern in that area. Additionally, the Astros were rumored to be shopping Lopez to other teams gauging interest.
The Phillies were believed to be sending two prospects to Houston in the deal. Two names that surfaced this morning were Tyler Cloyd and Sebastian Valle. But now, that all seems to be null and void.
Now the Phillies will have to continue to shop for a strong late-inning relief option or target free agents like Mike Adams. Additionally, the outfield market lost one top member and even with a great amount of talent still available, the Phillies may need to act fast.