Quick update from the Phillies activity at the 2017 MLB Winter Meetings:
- The Phillies have arranged a reunion with reliever Pat Neshak by signing him to a 2-year contract worth between $16-$17 million. Neshak had been in the Phillies bullpen last season, before he was traded to the Colorado Rockies before the trade deadline. Neshak was 5-3 with a 1.59 ERA in 71 relief innings, and held hitters to a .201 average. He has 69 K’s in 62 1/3 innings.
- Also added to the bullpen is veteran reliever Tommy Hunter with a 2-year deal in the $18 million range. In 61 games, Tommy held hitters to a .202 average with 64 K’s in 58 innings.
It’s clear that their strategy so far this winter is to bolster the bullpen and provide depth to support their young starters. I still think a veteran innings-eating kind of guy is on their radar, but this will be a year that will test the quality and endurance of their core of young, homegrown starting pitchers.
- Outfielder Cam Perkins was selected by the Mariners in the Rule 5 draft. In 42 games with the Phillies in 2017, Cam hit .227 with 1 HR and 8 RBI. He has been in the Phillies system since he was drafted in 2012, and had made it as far as AAA Lehigh Valley last season before his call-up to the bigs.
Pat Neshak photo courtesy of ESPN.
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