By Sam Bush

Jim Salisbury of NBCSP reports that the Phillies are pursuing free agent reliever Mychal Givens.

Salisbury characterizes the situation as “substantive conversations” and that they are “ongoing.”

Givens, 31, posted a 3.35 ERA with eight saves and a 54/27 K/BB ratio over 51 innings between the Rockies and Reds this past season.

He has some experience closing games, though that’s not necessarily how the Phillies might view him.

One thing that’s clear, though, is that the club is once again making an effort to solve their long-term bullpen issues.