12/08/09 8:16 PM EST
Phils no closer to signing Park, Eyre
GM Amaro indicates no deal likely before Meetings end
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Is there a stalemate with Park and Eyre?
"It depends what you mean by stalemate," Amaro said. "We're comfortable with the numbers we've presented, and if those are numbers that won't really get it done, then we might have to go ahead and move on. I'm sure they're trying to maximize the value, which is the job of the agent. If they feel like there's a better opportunity to make more money or to be in a different situation, then they're going to take it. ... We're still talking."
Amaro said if the Phillies can't get the veteran pitchers they want for the bullpen, they might have to go for youth. Candidates would include left-handers Sergio Escalona and Antonio Bastardo and right-hander Scott Mathieson.
"You'd like to have guys who are veterans -- guys who have been through the wars and have dealt with the adversity," Amaro said. "In a perfect world, you'd have young starters and have veteran-type relievers. But that's just a perfect world. We have more young players in our bullpen this year. We'll probably start off with [Kyle] Kendrick as a guy who will be pitching and fighting for a job in the rotation, but if he doesn't make the rotation, maybe he'll be pushed into the bullpen."
Amaro also said the Phils are not pursuing Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.