The Philadelphia Phillies sign Aaron Cook

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 January 2013 at 10:28 am

The Phillies have signed 33-year old righty starting pitcher Aaron Cook to a minor league deal. Cook pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Red Sox last year and he was 4-11 with a 5.65 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. He didn’t miss many bats last year as he gave up 115 hits and he only whiffed 20 batters in 94 innings for the Red Sox in 2012. But, he does throw strikes as he only walked 21 batters last year. Cook has now pitched in 256 games (224 starts) in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 76-79 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Cook will duke it out with John Lannan and Rodrigo Lopez this spring for the #5 job in the Phillies’ starting rotation.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Juan Cruz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 January 2013 at 10:25 am

The Phillies have signed 34-year old righty reliever Juan Cruz to a minor league deal. Cruz pitched in 43 games (0 starts) for the Pirates last year and he was 1-1 with 3 saves, a 2.78 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. Cruz has now pitched in 447 games (38 starts) in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 38-36 with 6 saves, a 4.05 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Cruz is going to have a really good shot of winning a bullpen job this spring for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Rodrigo Lopez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 12 January 2013 at 2:53 pm

The Phillies have signed 37-year old righty starter/reliever Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league deal. Lopez pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP. Lopez also pitched in 18 games (15 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs last year in which he was 2-5 with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Lopez has now pitched in 257 games (215 starts) in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 81-89 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Lopez will likely get a shot to win a long relief job with the Phillies next spring.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign John Lannan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 17 December 2012 at 1:17 pm

The Phillies have signed 28-year old lefty starting pitcher John Lannan to a 1-year, $2.5 million dollar deal. Lannan pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Nationals last year and he was 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He has now pitched in 134 games (all starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 42-52 with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Lannan will likely be the #5 starter for the Phillies in 2013, and I think he will be a solid one. This was a good pickup for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Mike Adams

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 17 December 2012 at 1:15 pm

The Phillies have signed 34-year old righty reliever Mike Adams to a 2-year, $14 million dollar deal. Adams pitched in 61 games (0 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 5-3 with 1 save, a 3.27 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. He has now pitched in 358 games (0 starts) in his first eight years in the majors and he is 18-15 with 4 saves, a 2.28 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Adams will become Jonathan Papelbon’s new set-up man. I really like this pickup for the Phillies as Adams is a pretty darn good pitcher.

The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed Mauricio Robles off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 14 December 2012 at 3:59 pm

The Phillies have claimed 23-year old lefty reliever/starter Mauricio Robles off waivers from the Mariners. He pitched in 43 games (6 starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year for the Mariners and he was 2-5 with a 5.78 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. Robles has now pitched in 156 games (97 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he was 31-35 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Robles will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies have re-signed Andres Blanco

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 14 December 2012 at 9:04 am

The Phillies have re-signed 28-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Andres Blanco to a minor league deal. Blanco played in 120 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 97 of 413 (.235 avg, .648 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 10 homers, 40 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. He last played in the majors back in 2011 with the Rangers. He has now played in 235 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 151 of 591 (.255 avg, .634 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 3 homers, 47 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Blanco will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball for the Phillies.

The Phillies have signed Jermaine Mitchell

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 14 December 2012 at 8:59 am

The Phillies have signed 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Jermaine Mitchell to a minor league deal. He played in 108 games in AAA-ball for the A’s last year and he was 103 of 409 (.252 avg, .731 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 6 homers, 38 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Mitchell has now played in 753 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 792 of 2,822 (.281 avg, .803 OPS) with 495 runs scored, 55 homers, 325 RBIs and 144 stolen bases. Mitchell will get a shot to win a bench job for the Phillies next spring.

The Philadelphia Phillies acquire 3B Michael Young from the Rangers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by chinmusic on Saturday 8 December 2012 at 4:15 pm

The Phillies have acquired 36-year old righty swinging 3B Michael Young and cash from the Texas Rangers for 25-year old righty reliever Josh Lindblom and 22-year old righty reliever/starter Lisalverto Bonilla. Young played in 156 games for the Rangers last year and he was 169 of 611 (.277 avg, .682 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 8 homers, 67 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,823 games in his first 13 years in the majors and he is 2,230 of 7,399 (.301 avg, .791 OPS) with 1,085 runs scored, 177 homers, 984 RBIs and 89 stolen bases. Young will take over as the Phillies’ starting 3B in 2013 and he might really benefit from a change in leagues as he can still rip fastballs. Josh Lindblom was part of the return from the Dodgers in the Shane Victorino deal last July. He pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 1-3 with 1 save, a 4.63 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. Lisalverto Bonilla was the Phillies’ #12 prospect when the 2012 season started according to Baseball America. Bonilla pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 3-2 with 4 saves, a 1.55 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. The Phillies paid a lot for Young (just like they did for Revere), so they better hope he has something left in the gas tank.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Cesar Jimenez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 6 December 2012 at 7:45 pm

The Phillies have signed 28-year old lefty reliever Cesar Jimenez to a minor league deal. Jimenez pitched in 26 games (0 starts) in Rookie+AAA-ball for the Mariners last year and he was 2-2 with a 5.24 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors back in 2011 with the Mariners. Jimenez has pitched in 43 games (3 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Jimenez will get a shot to win a job in the bullpen this spring, but he will be a longshot.

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