The Phillies have a number of issues to address this winter, including Jimmy Rollins' impending free agency. The shortstop is after a five-year deal but the club will likely push for a shorter contract. Here's a look at some other news out of the City of Brotherly Love..
General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. wants stability in the ninth inning, but committing top dollar and multiple years to a proven closer has its risks, opines Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Earlier this month, the GM said that if Phillies don't re-sign closer Ryan Madson, the club will go outside the organization for a replacement.
On his blog, Gelb suggests that 37-year-old Joe Nathan could be a sensible choice for the Phillies this offseason. Nathan would come cheap and could serve as a stopgap while one of the club's young arms develop and build towards taking over the role of closer. The right-hander pitched 44.2 innings in 2011 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the 2010 season.