Philadelphia Phillies likely to express interest in Joaquin Benoit, Edward Mujica

June 29, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; A baseball hat and sunglasses belonging to Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino (not pictured) are seen on the arm rest of the dugout before a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies had some struggles at the back end of their bullpen this past season, a problem they plan to fix by delving into the free agent market.

Looking for an experienced arm to set up high-priced closer Jonathan Papelbon, the Phillies are expected to show interest in key free agent relievers like Joaquin Benoit and Edward Mujica.

There are a number of relievers on the free-agent market that fit this description. Mujica and Benoit are two of them. We mention them together because they have some similarities.

The top similarity is that both right-handers had primarily been setup men before they each had a nice run as closers in 2013 — Mujica for St. Louis, Benoit for Detroit.

Of course, Benoit and Mujica aren’t the only relievers the team plans to court, but they’re two of the more elite available.

That’s not to say neither come without any warts as Benoit in the past has been a bit unreliable while Mujica, who was dominant for the St. Louis Cardinals during the Summer missed the remainder of the season with arm troubles.

Topics: Edward Mujica, Joaquin Benoit, Philadelphia Phillies

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