Not sure where the acquisition of another left-handed reliever ranks on general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.'s list of things to do, but it should be on there somewhere.
The Phillies went into the postseason with Antonio Bastardo as their only left-handed reliever and he was not considered a specialist who manager Charlie Manuel would bring in to simply retire one or two left-handed hitters in an inning.
The value of that kind of pitcher was on display during the World Series. The ageless Arthur Rhodes recorded only eight outs in the Cardinals' 18 postseason games, but he did so without allowing a hit. Manager Tony LaRussa leaned even more on his other lefty -- Mark Rzepcynski -- and after a disastrous Game 1 in the division series against the Phillies, he allowed just four hits and one run in 8 1/3 innings.
It is not a great free-agent market for lefty relievers, but among the more interesting names available are Rhodes, Texas' Mike Gonzalez, whose best years have been in the National League, and George Sherrill, who drew some interest from the Phillies last offseason before signing in Atlanta. Sherrill, 34, had a solid season for the Braves.