Mailbag: Why no Santana talk?
Beat reporter Ken Mandel answers fans' questions
Why aren't the Phillies pursuing Johan Santana?
-- Ralph D., Pitman, N.J.
-- Chris R., Pittsgrove, N.J. Feliz could've upgraded third base with his defense alone, but the Phillies' bench appears to have been filled up with the signing of outfielder So Taguchi. Assuming they go with 12 pitchers, Taguchi, Eric Bruntlett, Chris Coste, Jayson Werth and Wes Helms or Greg Dobbs will likely make up a five-man bench. Chris Snelling could be a left-handed-hitting option if the Phils go with 11 arms. Do the Phillies have any interest in bringing back Antonio Alfonseca? He showed enough last year to at least offer a Minor League contract and a Spring Training invite.
-- Ron M., Ventnor, N.J. They're still open to bringing him back, though I'm not sure it will happen.
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Are there any plans for modifications to the outfield walls that might lure free-agent pitchers?
-- Sharad S., Wilmington, Del.
-- W.P., Delaware City, Del. He's owed $24 million for the next two seasons. The Phillies aren't interested in acquiring him. Jon Lieber is still available. You mention the Phillies were sour on Freddy Garcia, but might they have a place for Lieber?
-- Frank B., Mountaintop, Pa. They're sour on Lieber, too. General manager Pat Gillick is on record saying that the door is closed on a possible Lieber return.
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