The Phillies have reached an agreement on a minor-league contract with Philadelphia native and free agent righthander Mike Koplove, a team source said.
Like most big-league teams, the Phillies aren't expected to announce Koplove or their other minor-league free agent signings until after the Rule 5 Draft next month in Las Vegas. Koplove, 32, hasn't pitched regularly in the majors since 2005 with Arizona. He will not be on the 40-man roster, which means he is a non-roster invitee to spring training. And that means he will have a chance to compete for a job in the Phillies' bullpen, although he is more likely to open the season in triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies already have Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero, Chad Durbin and Scott Eyre in their bullpen. Clay Condrey, who is eligible for salary arbitration, also could be back. And the Phillies could end up signing a free agent reliever like Juan Cruz or David Weathers. Depending on what happens in the coming weeks with Condrey, Cruz, Weathers, etc., it could leave Koplove with as many as two available bullpen jobs or as few as zero.