Mark Mulder wants to unretire, Phillies are interested

Mark Mulder wants to unretire, Phillies are interested
December 23, 2013, 8:15 pm
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It's not unusual these days for a professional athlete to 'unretire.' Michael Jordan did it, so did Brett Favre. If they can do it technically anyone can.

But for a guy to come back after missing five seasons, well that might be a first. Former big leaguer Mark Mulder - and current ESPN analyst - is trying to make a comeback having not pitched since 2008. Not only is he trying to pitch again, teams are interested.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported a group of teams that have already worked Mulder out, and included in that mix is the Phillies. The 36-year-old lefty has increased his velocity up into the low 90s, says Cafardo, and could be in good shape to find a job.

If Mulder signs he would likely get a minor league deal laced with incentives. The chances of seeing him in the majors any time soon are probably slim. But when Mulder was healthy, he was a very good left-handed starter. The problem is he hasn't been effective since 2005 and that's a long time ago.

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Maybe the Phillies see him as a low risk option with potential high reward, but it doesn't seem like he will make a big impact on whoever he signs with. Still, it shows the Phillies are getting creative with their search to find starting pitchers this offseason.