Need a left-handed reliever?
Randy Flores could be available this week.
The 35-year-old Flores, who has pitched for four teams over eight major-league seasons, has a May 15 out in his minor-league contract with the Padres, according to sources. Flores isn't great -- left-handers hit .295 against him last year -- but with so many teams searching for lefty relief, it wouldn't be a surprise at all to see him back in the big leagues.
In 18 games this season at Triple-A Tucson, Flores has held lefties to a .205 average. His fastball has been its normal 89-91 mph.
The Padres currently have one left-hander in their bullpen, Cory Luebke, who has allowed just three hits in 24 at-bats to left-handed hitters.
Quite a few teams could use a lefty. The Yankees have just one in their bullpen, and Boone Logan has a 5.40 ERA and has allowed eight hits (three for extra bases) in just 22 at-bats vs. lefties.