A look at Phillies' free-agent targets
Lyle Overbay, 36, had 14 homers, 59 RBIs and 24 doubles for the Yankees last season. (USA Today Images)
Updated: 3:04 p.m.
With many of the biggest names in free agency this offseason no longer available, the Phillies will have to look at some less notable, but less expensive, options. One might be Vernon Wells (see story).
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has made some moves to address areas of need, but is it enough? So far, the Phils have signed outfielder Marlon Byrd, starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez and backup catcher Wil Nieves, and re-signed catcher Carlos Ruiz, starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick and outfielder John Mayberry Jr.
But who else could the Phillies add? Ryan Madson or Chad Gaudin, perhaps?
"I'm not sure how likely it is ... but they have spoken to all three guys," Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury said on Phillies Hot Stove. "Madson, there is mutual interest. But his rehab is still kind of stuck in neutral. He's missed the last [two] years. He is not due to throw for teams until early February."
Lyle Overbay was another possibility for the Phils, but he signed with the Brewers Monday afternoon (see story).
Ricky Bottalico had positive things to say about the veteran first baseman.
"I got to play with Lyle [Overbay] back in 2005," Bottalico said. "He's a great first baseman, very good defensively, a left-handed bat off the bench. ... I also know he can hit the ball out of the ballpark at any given moment."
Overbay, 36, hit .240/.295/.393 with 14 homers, 59 RBIs and 24 doubles for the Yankees in 2013. He's a career .267 hitter with a .782 OPS, and over the last three years has hit 22 homers and 40 doubles in 717 at-bats against right-handed pitchers.