Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Phillies to Consider Ray King, Steve Kline

In need of a bullpen lefty, the Phillies will await a status report on former Nationals reliever Ray King -- who is expected to become a free agent -- before deciding between him, former Giants lefty Steve Kline and other candidates.

King, 34, was sent by the Nationals to Triple A Columbus late last week, but turned down the assignment, thus voiding his contract. He had a 5.61 ERA in limited play this year, following up a 4.67 mark in 67 appearances last year.

Kline, 35, a Philadelphia area native, was cut by the Giants after spring camp and signed to a minor league contract by the Phillies, but so far has struggled against Triple A bats at Charlotte.