PHILLIES EYEING FREE AGENT PITCHER FISTER AND DEAL FOR GILES!

By Sam Bush

It appears as if the Phillies are on the verge of big news.

Reports from the winter meetings in Nashville have the Phils working on a trade that would send closer Ken Giles to the Houston Astros for top prospects while simultaneously pursuing free agent right-hander Doug Fister (above), a 16-game winner for the Washington Nationals in 2014 who struggled badly last season.

Meantime, the Phillies did add a piece to their bullpen by signing free-agent right-hander David Hernandez to a one-year deal.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported the Phillies’ interest in Fister and the Astros’ desire to “pry” Giles to a club which made the playoffs last season with Luke Gregerson converted 31 of 37 saves for the AL’s third–best bullpen.

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