Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Phillies Can’t Afford The Second ‘R’ Or ‘T’
Another Roster Spot Filled – The Phillies on Monday added another pitcher who could compete for a spot in their bullpen during Spring Training, claiming right-hander Michael Mariot off outright waivers from the Royals. Mariot, 27, was selected by the Royals in the eighth round of the 2010 Draft. He posted a 6.11 ERA in 19 games during the past two seasons in Kansas City -- logging just three innings in the Majors in 2015. Mariot, who was designated for assignment by the Royals on Nov. 20, spent most of last season at Triple-A Omaha, where in 42 relief appearances he went 4-2 with a 2.32 ERA and 72 strikeouts while averaging 10.45 strikeouts per nine innings. After adding Mariot, the Phillies still have two spots open on their 40-man roster, which will allow them to add a player in next week's Rule 5 Draft. They own the top pick.
The Phillies finally put an end to the season finishing in last place in the NL East with a record of 63-99. Given the departures, aging stars, injuries, and bipolar performances, this has ended up being one of the worst seasons in franchise history! However, at least Ryan Madson got another ring this year.