After announcing pitcher Joe Blanton's three-year contract on Thursday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was asked whether he would prefer to add depth to the starting rotation or bullpen before spring training. His response was, "Both."
Amaro may have done just that by signing one player, Jose Contreras.
Contreras and the Phillies have agreed on a one-year contract, according to a report yesterday by ESPNDeportes.com. The deal is pending a physical, the report said.
Calls to Contreras' agent, Jaime Torres, were not returned. Phillies officials were not available for comment. Amaro said Thursday the team had been in contact with Contreras' representatives.
Contreras, 38, could either compete for the fifth starting spot in the rotation or add depth to the bullpen - similar to the situation in which Chan Ho Park entered last spring.
The righty, who defected from Cuba in 2002, pitched for both the White Sox and Rockies last season. He was 6-13 with a 4.92 ERA in 28 games, 23 of which were starts. In seven seasons in the majors, he is 71-63 with a 4.61 ERA.
With the Phillies' payroll around $140 million, a target Amaro set earlier in the off-season, the team's final move before spring training will be reaching a deal with catcher Carlos Ruiz, who is the team's only remaining arbitration-eligible player.