Today, the Phils announced that they had signed to a one-year deal, worth $1.4 million dollars, plus award bonuses, left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo, the only player on the roster who was arbitration eligible.
Bastardo, who had an awful 2012 season, would appear in 65 games, all in relief, as he pitched in 52 innings, compiling a record of 2-5, plus a save in five save opportunities, as he had an ERA of 4.33 with a WHIP of 1.27, as he allowed 40 hits and 26 runs, all but one of which was earned, as he struck out 81 batters, while walking 26. In four season with the Phils, with 2011 being his best season, so far, Bastardo has compiled a record of 12-9 with a 4.02 ERA and a WHIP of 1.20, as he appeared in 160 games, all but 5 games being in relief, as he threw in 152 and a third innings, giving up 113 hits and 70 runs, all but two of which were earned, as he struck out 196 batters, while walking only 70. He also have nine career saves in fifteen save opportunities.
Bastardo, who may be the team’s main lefty set-up man when the season starts, have held hitters to a .207 batting average in 2012, being especially tough on lefties as he held them to a .169 batting average against. He ended the season third among relievers in strikeouts per nine innings with a 14.02 mark, despite having a bad season, thanks to being hit hard by batters during the middle part of the season, before finally regaining his grove towards them season’s final weeks. Hopefully, he’ll regain his form that he had for most of 2011 this season.
Yesterday, the Phils had announced that, along with Rodrigo Lopez, they have signed right-handed pitchers Aaron Cook and Juan Cruz to minor league deals and have given them invitations to spring training, as they continue to add depth to their pitching staff.
Aaron Cook, who had spent part of 2012 pitching for the Boston Red Sox, compiling a record of 4-11 with a 5.65 ERA and a WHIP of 1.47 in 18 starts, in which he pitched in 94 innings, allowing 117 hits and 68 runs, 59 of which were earned, as he struck out 20 batters, while walking 21. Before joining the Red Sex, he had spent 10 years playing for the Colorado Rockies, compiling a career record of 76-79 with an ERA of 4.60 and a WHIP of 1.47, as he pitched in 256 games, 224 of which were starts, as he threw a total of 1406 and a third innings, giving up 1636 hits and 776 runs, of which 716 were earned, as he struck out 578 batters, while allowing 126 free passes.
Juan Cruz, who in 12 seasons have pitched in relief for the Chicago Cubs, the Atlanta Braves, the Oakland Athletics, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Kansas City Royals, and the Tampa Bay Rays, spent 2012 pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, appearing in 43 games, going 1-1 with three saves in four save opportunities, as he compiled an ERA of 2.78 and a WHIP of 1.63, as he allowed 39 hits and 12 runs, all but one of which were earned, while he struck out 33 batters, while walking only 19. Cruz would compile a career record of 38-36, along with 6 saves in nineteen save opportunities, as he pitched in 447 games, all but 38 of which were in relief, as he appeared in 655 total innings, compiling an ERA of 4.05 and a WHIP of 1.41, as he gave up 576 hits, as 332 runners scored, 295 of which were earned, as he struck out 659 batters, while walking 346.
Both pitchers will more than likely end up pitching for the Phils’ triple-A ballclub, the Iron Pigs, unless somebody on the staff gets hurt during the season.
Lopez, who had pitched for the Phils once before, in 2009, before being sent back to the minors by the team when they added future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez to the ballclub during the summer, last pitched for the Chicago Cubs. He appeared in four games in 2012 for the Cubbies, going 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA and a WHIP of 2.05, as he pitched for 6.1 innings, giving up 8 hits and 6 runs, four of which were earned, as he struck out only two while walking five. When he pitched for the Phils in 2009, he had a record of 3-1 with an ERA of 5.70 with a 1.77 WHIP, as he pitched in seven games, five of which were starts, as he appeared in 30 innings, giving up 42 hits and 24 runs, 19 of which were earned, as he struck out 19 batters while giving up 11 free passes.
During a 11 years career, Lopez had been with the Orioles, the Padres, the Rockies and the Diamondbacks, as well as the Phils and the Cubs, compiling a record of 81-89, with a 4.82 ERA and a WHIP of 1.42. He had appeared in 257 games, 215 of which were starts, as he pitched in 1350 and two-thirds innings, giving up a total of 1506 hits and 789 runs, 742 of which were earned, as he struck out 865 batters, while walking 416.
More than likely, Lopez will start the season with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, but he should be available if any member of the Phils’ starting rotation gets injured during the season.
First off, I would like to take the time to say, Happy New Year’s, folks. Second, sorry for the lack of posts, but, I got too busy with other things to get myself in gear to do new posts. But, I now got the time, and boy, do I have a lot to cover, as the Phils made some wheeling and dealing and small-scale free agent signings which they hope will put them into position to get back into the playoffs this upcoming October.
First, in the Rule Five Draft they picked up outfielder Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks, whom they hope will anchor centerfield in a few seasons, while drafting in the Triple-A Phase of the draft right-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals organization, while not losing a player to the draft.
On the same day, December 6, they made a trade with the Minnesota Twins, getting centerfielder Paul Revere, in exchange for minor league right-handed pitching prospect Trevor May and, coming as a complete surprise to most, right-handed starter Vance Worley. Revere, who appeared in 124 games for the Twins, batted .294 (150 for 511), hitting 13 doubles and 6 triples, as he scored 70 times, while knocking in 32. He had also stole 40 bases, ranking him third in the AL for 2012, being caught just 9 times. May spent 2012 pitching for the Reading Phillies (now the Fighting Phillies). Worley, who was placed on the disabled list towards the end of the 2012 season, before having an operation to remove bone chips from his elbow, would pitch in 23 games for the Phils before being shut down, all starts, as he collected a 6-9 record, with a 4.20 ERA and a WHIP of 1.51, as he pitched in 133 innings, giving up 154 hits and 69 runs, 62 of which were earned, as he struck out 107 batters, while walking only 47. Sorry to see you go, Vance, and I wish you luck in Minnesota, as long as you don’t pitch against the Phils. And, welcome to the team, Paul. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay here.
Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had made another trade, this one with the Texas Rangers, as they brought in Michael Young to take over duties at third base, in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and pitching prospect Lisalverto Bonilla. Michael Young, who has also played first base, second base and shortstop, appeared in 156 games for the former American League Champs (2010-11) batting .277 (169 for 611), as he hit 27 doubles, 3 triples and 8 home runs during the season, knocking in 67 runs, while scoring 79 times. He also walked 33 times. Josh Lindblom, who had started the 2012 season pitching relief for the Los Angeles before being traded to the Phils as part of a trade involving Shane Victorino, appeared in 74 games for both clubs, all in relief, posting a combined record of 3-5 with one save in four save opportunities, as he fielded an ERA of 3.55 and a WHIP of 1.35. He pitched in 71 innings, allowing 61 hits and 31 runs to score, of which 28 were earned. He walked 35 batters while striking out 70. Bonilla spent 2012 pitching for Clearwater and then Reading in the Phils’ farm system. Welcome to the team, Michael. I hope that you can help the team via both your bat and your glove, especially the later, as it looks like you may not just be covering the hot corner of third base during the season.
After the two trades, the Phils then made a pair of minor free agent signings, both pitchers, one a reliever and the other a starter. First, they signed to a two-years, $12 million dollars contract, with relief pitcher Mike Adams, formerly of the Rangers, who will be acting as the eight-inning bridge to Jonathan Papelbon, as he plans to take over an inning that was a major problem for the ballclub all season long. For the Rangers, Adams pitched in 61 games, compiling a 5-3 record with a 3.27 ERA and a WHIP of 1.39, as well as collecting a save in two save attempts. He would pitch in 52 and a third innings, giving up 56 hits and 21 runs, 19 of which were earned, as he struck out 45 batters, while walking only 17. The Phils then signed former Washington Nationals’ starter John Lannan, who is to become the Phils’ fifth starter, to replace Worley in the rotation, to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million dollars. Lannan, who had spent his entire career with the Nats, before becoming a free agent, appeared in only six games last year, all of them starts, as he compiled a record of 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44, as he pitched a total of 32 and two-thirds innings, giving up 33 hits and 15 runs, all earned. He struck out 17 batters, while walking 14. During his six seasons with the Nats, Lannan had a win-lost record of 42-52, as he compiled an ERA of 4.01 and a career WHIP of 1.42, as he pitched a total of 783 and two-thirds innings, while appearing in 134 games, all starts. He would give up a total of 820 hits, as opponents scored 393 times, with 349 of those runs being earned. He would strikeout a total of 410 batters, while walking just 296. Welcome to the ballclub, guys. I hope that you two were worth the money spent.
The Phils have during the month mention that they would like to add a veteran corner outfielder, either via free agent signing or another trade, but it looks like they have the club they want before they enter spring training next month. I’m just hoping this team will improve on their third place finish last year.
The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Darin Ruf hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats quickly tied the game up at one-all in their half of the fourth as Ryan Zimmerman hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year. The Nats took the lead two batters later as, with a runner on second, and with still nobody out, Tyler Moore hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Morse, who had just doubled, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats increased their lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Moore hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the season, giving the Nats a 3-1 lead. The Nats then added to their lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Morse hits a two-run home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, knocking in pinch runner Bryce Harper, who was pinch running for Zimmerman, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Nats a 5-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Michael Gonzalez pitched a scoreless ninth.
Cliff Lee (6-9, 3.16) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out seven. Justin De Fratus pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tyson Brummett, making his major league debut, pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Edwin Jackson (10-11, 4.03) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Christian Garcia collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face. Sean Burnett collected his thirty-first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Michael Gonzalez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one.
The Phils had just six hits in the game, with Nate Schierholtz leading the team with three hits, a single and two doubles, followed by Kevin Frandsen with two hits, a single and a double. Carlos Ruiz had the other Phil hit, a double. Darin Ruf knocked in the Phil’s only run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had two walks in the game.
The Phils took the lead in the fourth as Darin Ruf hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats tied it up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Roger Bernadina hits an RBI single, knocking in Adam LaRoche, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Chad Tracy’s ground out, 3-1. The Nats took the lead in the sixth as LaRoche hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-third home run of the season, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats tried to add to their lead five batters later as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Tracy, a single by Mark DeRosa, moving Tracy up to second base, and Sandy Leon being hit by a pitch, moving up a base both runners, and with one man out, Eury Perez hits into a force out, 6-2, as shortstop Michael Martinez threw home, forcing out at home Tracy, as catcher Erik Kratz touches home plate for the inning’s second out, as Perez safely reaches first base, while both DeRosa and Leon move up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Nats then took a 3-1 lead as Steve Lombardozzi hits an RBI single, scoing DeRosa, while both Leon and Perez moved up to third and second base respectively, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils would get a run back in the eighth as Ruf hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year, and his second home run of the game, making it a 3-2 Nats’ lead. The Nats tried to get the run back in their half of the eighth as, with the bases once again loaded, this time via a lead-off double by DeRosa, Bernadina being hit by a pitch, and a walk to Leon, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Perez hits into a force out, 6-2, as Martinez threw home to Kratz, who touches the plate, forcing out DeRosa for the inning’s first out, while Perez would be safe at first, as Bernadina and Leon both moved up a base, as the bases stayed loaded. The Nats then took a 4-2 lead as Lombardozzi hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bernadina. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen collected his fourth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
B.J. Rosenberg received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up two hits, while striking two batters. Josh Lindblom (3-5, 3.55) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batter. Jeremy Horst pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, as he gave up a run on a hit, a walk, and a hit batter. Tom Gorzelanny also received a no-decision as he pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five. Christian Garcia pitched one and one-third scoreless innings. Zach Duke (1-0, 1.32) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Mattheus collected his eighteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Tyler Clippard collected his thirteenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Drew Storen received his fourth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen (Doubles), Darin Ruf (Home Runs, 2 RBIs) and Michael Martinez (Singles), all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Ty Wigginton, Dom Brown and Erik Kratz had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks in the game.
The Phils (81-80, 3rd) play their final game of the season today, facing the Nats (97-64, 1st).
The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Darin Ruf hits a two-run triple, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who has just singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. That would be all the runs they would need as Kyle Kendrick would pitch seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while the bullpen would combine for two shutout innings, with Phillippe Aumont collecting his second career save as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.
Kyle Kendrick (11-12, 3.90) got the win as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up four scattered hits and a walk, while striking out four. Justin De Fratus collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Jeremy Horst collected his sixth hold of the season as he threw a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Phillippe Aumont received his second career save as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. John Lannan (4-1, 4.13) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while he struck out two. Craig Stammen, Ryan Mattheus and Drew Storen combined for four 1-2-3 innings, striking out seven batters (Stammen (6), Mattheus (1)) between them.
The Phils had six hits in the game, with Ken Frandsen (Singles) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) leading the ballclub with two hits apiece. Ty Wigginton (Single) and Darin Ruf (Triple, 2 RBIs) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the ballgame.
The Phils (81-79, 3rd) will continue their series with the 2012 National League Eastern Division Champions Nationals (96-64, 1st), who had clinched the East as the Braves lost to tbe Pirates, with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound B.J. Rosenberg (1-2, 6.86), who will be making his first major league start. His last appearance in relief was on September 26 against the Nationals, as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to help the Phils secure their tenth straight season with a winning record. The Nats will counter with Tom Gorzelanny (4-2, 2.90), who is also coming out of the bullpen. His last relief appearance was 0n September 28 against the Cardinals, as he pitched two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two batters, in the Nats’ 12-2 lost. He’ll be out to even up the series for the Nats. The Phils will be out to win their last series.