The Phillies have traded 26 year old 2B Jesus Merchan for righty reliever Julio Mateo. The reason the Phillies got Mateo so cheap is because he was banished to the minors early this season after an ugly domestic dispute off of the field. The 30 year old Mateo has pitched in 9 games this season for the Mariners and he was 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Mateo worked 12 innings for the Mariners and he allowed 12 hits, walked 5 batters and whiffed 4. Mateo has been dominant in AAA ball this season as he is 3-1 with 12 saves, a 0.79 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP. In 34.1 innings in the minors he has allowed only 25 hits, walked 2 batters and whiffed 29. With Ryan Madson injured the Phillies needed some help at the back of the bullpen and Mateo will immediately be called up when he arrives in Philly. Mateo has pitched in 219 games (1 start) this season and he is 18-12 with 2 saves, a 3.68 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. In 318.1 innings he has allowed 298 hits, walked 85 batters and whiffed 216.
Jesus Merchan played in 84 games in AA+AAA ball this season and he was 96 for 289 (.332 avg, .896 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 8 homers, 46 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. The Mariners will likely call him up in September when rosters expand.