Says MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki:
It is my understanding that the Phillies would be interested in free-agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel on a short-term deal, meaning a one-year contract.
I’m not sure if I see that happening, but it would not surprise me, either.
It might make more sense for the Phillies to move forward with what they have and adjust in July, if needed.
Teams can find starting pitching in the summer. The Phillies got Jamie Moyer in August 2006, Kyle Lohse in July ’07, Joe Blanton in July ’08, Cliff Lee in July ’09 and Roy Oswalt in July ’10.
The Phillies could open the season with Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez, and see who steps up and who does not. If somebody struggles or is injured, they could pull from their pool of Triple-A talent that is likely to include Jerad Eickhoff, Drew Anderson, Enyel De Los Santos and Ranger Suarez. If they are not viable, long-term solutions, the Phillies could consider a trade.