Phillies add Koplove to bullpen
Champs reportedly add veteran right-handed reliever
By Robert Falkoff / MLB.com
Hopefully this move will help the team next year.
The Phillies aren’t resting on their World Series accomplishments. In a move that could eventually add depth to their 2009 bullpen, the Phils have agreed to terms with veteran reliever Mike Koplove, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Citing two sources familiar with the situation who confirmed the agreement, the Daily News said Koplove is likely to wind up at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but will have an invitation to be in Clearwater, Fla., with the Major League club for Spring Training.
Koplove spent last season in the Dodgers’ system, going 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Last year, the Phils made a relatively unheralded bullpen move in signing Chad Durbin, and Durbin wound up being a key factor in Philadelphia’s run to a World Series title. Koplove, 32, has only seven Major League appearances since 2005, but has pitched 254 2/3 innings in his career. (H/T Phillies.com)
Well, I’ll wait until spring training to see if this guy will actually help the team or not. But, if he does, how the Dodgers let him out of their minor league system I’ll never know.
Originally posted February 14, 2007:
Well, as I’d thought, old man winter came back yesterday. As snow. And although it’s no longer snowing, it’s coming down as freezing rain. Gee, I thought it was suppose to be getting warmer with all this global warming talk. Guess all of the hot air from the wind bags just haven’t reached the atmosphere yet. I know, I know, bad lion, bad lion! Like I give a care.
Anyway, the pitchers and catchers will be reporting for Spring Training tomorrow. Wee, I can’t wait. Can you see me bouncing around the room like Tygger? You can’t? Sorry, but, I can’t help that.
Looking into the Spring Training section of the Philadelphia Daily News. Huh? Conlin is already predicting the Phils will win the National League East? I just hope the old boy isn’t blowing smoke. Anyway, the article is interesting. I just hope it’s the team’s actual opening day and after lineup. Well, guess we’ll see come April 2 against those pests from Atlanta. What was their name again? Oh, yeah, the Braves. Time to keep them down while we have the chance. I don’t want to spend another winter seeing National League Eastern Division Champions the Atlanta Braves. GGGRRRRRR!!!!!!!