I promise the bullpen-management posts won’t be so frequent going forward, but this issue is a bit perplexing.
During the off-season, GM Ruben Amaro traded back-up catcher Erik Kratz and Minor League pitcher Rob Rasmussen (acquired from the Dodgers in the Michael Young trade) to the Toronto Blue Jays for reliever Brad Lincoln. The Jays had acquired Lincoln in July 2012 for Travis Snider, but Lincoln struggled with command in his 60 1/3 innings in Toronto, walking 11.4 percent of batters.
The acquisition was one of the few in recent history that indicated the Phillies were buying low as opposed to buying high. Lincoln cost the team next to nothing — back-up catchers and minor league Quad-A type pitchers are as fungible as they come — but he still has the upside to evolve into a future set-up man or closer with a few minor alterations.