Player News - Phillies

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The Mets are among the teams that have recently scouted free agent reliever Kevin Siegrist, according to the Bergen Record.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick recently reported about 20 scouts watched Siegrist throw in Florida on Thursday, so it's likely the Mets were represented at that session. A once-dominant reliever, the 28-year-old owned a 4.81 ERA in 39 1/3 innings last year. If he showed anything at the showcase, a team could do worse than taking a shot on the southpaw on a minor league deal.
Feb 17 - 7:05 PM

Phillies signed LHP Fernando Abad to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 32-year-old southpaw posted a 3.30 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 37/14 K/BB ratio across 42 2/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2017. He should have a decent shot of cracking the Phillies' Opening Day bullpen with a strong showing in the spring.
Feb 17 - 8:17 AM

Free agent Kevin Siegrist threw for about 20 scouts in Florida on Thursday.

Considered one of the game's best lefty setup men a couple of years ago, Siegrist was given up on by both the Cardinals the Phillies in the latter stages of a 2017 season in which he posted a 4.81 ERA in 39 1/3 innings. He's still just 28, and he has a 3.04 ERA in 276 career relief appearances. Also, any team that signs him would have his arbitration rights for 2019. He'd seem to be well worth taking a chance on.
Feb 15 - 5:38 PM

Phillies signed RHP Drew Hutchison to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

Hutchison spent the entire 2017 season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Pirates, posting a 3.56 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 124/57 K/BB ratio in 159 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old right-hander will function as depth for a Phillies rotation that carries some serious question marks into 2018. He was once a promising young starter with the Blue Jays, making his major league debut at age 21 back in 2012.
Feb 15 - 9:08 AM

Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the Phillies will try Roman Quinn at shortstop this spring.

The Phillies are putting an emphasis on defensive versatility under new manager Gabe Kapler and want to give Quinn a look in the middle of the infield. The 24-year-old was drafted as a shortstop back in 2011, but made a move to the outfield shortly after. If Quinn shows he can handle playing in the dirt on top of his ability to play every outfield position, it will bode well for his chances of making the 25-man roster.
Feb 14 - 7:43 PM

According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, Fernando Abad is getting close to signing.

"Multiple teams" are said to be involved and the thought is that something could get done in the next few days. Abad is one of the more appealing relievers left on the market, especially for teams in need of a southpaw. The 32-year-old had a 3.30 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 37/14 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings last season with Boston.
Feb 12 - 3:21 PM

Eric Fryer has decided to retire from baseball.

Fryer signed a minor league deal with the Phillies back in December, but he has decided to hang it up instead of participate in spring training. The 32-year-old catcher will walk away with a .232/.320/.300 career batting line over 159 games between the Twins, Pirates, and Cardinals.
Feb 12 - 10:10 AM

Phillies signed OF Adron Chambers to a minor league contract.

Chambers, now 31 years old, has spent the last two seasons in independent ball. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2013 with the Cardinals and will serve merely as organizational outfield depth for Philadelphia.
Feb 12 - 9:47 AM

Steve Geltz was suspended for 100 games due to a third positive test for a drug of abuse.

The right-hander signed a minor league deal with the Phillies in early January and was expected to provide bullpen depth. The 30-year-old owns a 4.23 ERA in 104 1/3 innings at the big league level in his career.
Feb 10 - 3:46 PM

Phillies signed LHP Josh Tols to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old hurler spent the 2017 season pitching in his native Australia. He'll add minor league bullpen depth for the Phillies.
Feb 10 - 7:25 AM

Phillies signed OF Collin Cowgill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale says Cowgill will earn $800,000 if he’s on the big league roster. The 31-year-old is a career .234/.297/.329 hitter over parts of six seasons in the majors and spent all of 2017 in the minors.
Feb 8 - 5:21 PM

Phillies signed INF/OF Ryan Flaherty to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

It's the second potential utility infielder brought in recently by the Phillies, as they also signed Adam Rosales last week to compete for a bench role. The 31-year-old Flaherty had spent his entire career in Baltimore up to this point, registering a career OPS of .639 while playing every position for the Orioles outside of catcher. That versatility could serve him well as he battles for a spot on the 25-man roster in Philadelphia.
Feb 7 - 6:26 PM

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed that the club has been in touch with Ryan Flaherty about a possible reunion.

Orioles fans, your offseason prayers are answered. Flaherty, 31, was limited to 31 games last season due to a shoulder injury and owns a rough .215/.284/.355 batting line in the majors. Still, the Orioles view his ability to play multiple positions. If there's a reunion, it would likely be on a minor league deal.
Feb 5 - 12:10 PM

The Orioles are showing interest in free agent Drew Hutchison as they seek to fill three spots in their rotation.

There's a chance that the Orioles will spend to fill one of their vacancies, but they're need some bargain-basement options, too. Hutchison qualifies, as he's likely to have to settle for a minor league deal after being let go by the Pirates. The 27-year-old righty is 30-21 with a 4.93 ERA in the bigs, though just 24 of his 418 career innings have come the last two years.
Feb 4 - 1:13 PM

Phillies signed RHP Aaron Nola to a $573,000 split contract.

Nola was not yet eligible for arbitration, but will be next winter if he spends a full season in the majors this year. The 24-year-old went 12-11 with a nice 3.54 ERA in 27 starts with the Phillies last year. He turned in one of the highest strikeout rates in the majors, fanning 184 batters in 168 innings.
Feb 2 - 10:20 PM


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