Phillies Claim Another Marginal LH Reliever

Even with the IronPigs ending their season yesterday, it appeared the Phillies were out of new additions to the 40 man roster this season. So when Jesen Therrien went down with a season ending arm injury it opened up a roster spot they likely weren’t planning on having.

Curtis is the third waiver claim of the past two weeks by the Phillies after Juan Nicasio and Kevin Siegrist, and the second lefty after Siegrist. He is a 5’9″ reliever with ok, but not spectacular numbers at AA after coming over to the Mariners in an offseason trade. He was actually better against on righties than lefties this year, but really struggled with control down the stretch. Curtis has a fastball in the low 90s, a slider, and a changeup. His ceiling is as the 2nd or 3rd lefty in a bullpen, a position the Phillies currently have Hoby Milner, Siegrist, and, depending on the month, Adam Morgan in. So what does Curtis really bring? Probably nothing, but here are the left handed relievers in AA and above under team control next year:

It is not a great group. Curtis does not really make it any better, but if he is a 5% chance at a usable left handed reliever for 2018, that is frankly a 5% chance they desperately needed. I expect the Phillies to keep 1-2 of the lefties passed the Rule 5 addition day, so for now, this is merely a tryout.

The Phillies also may not be done adding bad pitchers in their desperate attempts to reach the end of the season.

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  1. Mike Fassano

    September 11, 2017 04:23 PM

    Getting a closer look at Alvarez can’t hurt. He’s a free agent after the season. If he does well, the Phillies could have the inside track on signing him.

    • Romus

      September 11, 2017 04:46 PM

      Mike…if you look up ‘fungible’ in the dictionary, it will say…”what major league baseball’s, the Philadelphia Phillies do, to build their pitching rotation”

      • Ralph

        September 12, 2017 07:38 AM

        Fungible is an adjective. WHAT DICTIONARY ARE YOU READING?

      • Romus

        September 12, 2017 09:04 AM

        Ralph……not worry about the dictionary…just hope you had the where with all to get the point.

      • Steve

        September 12, 2017 04:30 PM

        Ralph forgive Romus. He tries hard and means well even when gas no idea of what he’s writing about . Btw, ‘where with all’ is one one word.

      • Romus

        September 12, 2017 04:49 PM

        Steve….I have to assume the paid subscription on now has limited a lot of posters availability to express their thoughts. We should all be thankful this forum gives us that opportunity. Don’t you agree?

    • Fighterflea

      September 11, 2017 07:55 PM

      Alvarez is actually not a free agent after the season but under team control if the Phils choose to exercise it. He’s been hitting 98 so I have fingers crossed.

      • Al Poop

        September 13, 2017 09:34 AM

        Alvarez is a UFA next year.

    • Major Malfunction

      September 12, 2017 02:21 PM

      25 base runners in 19 IP with only 8 Ks. That’s after 2 shoulder surgeries in 2 years. That doesn’t look promising at all. Sounds like each inning is an adventure waiting to happen.

      There’s a reason he was pitching for the Long Island Ducks when the Phillies somehow decided he was worth sticking in AAA. But I guess the thought is that if he’s a remotely serviceable, he can’t be a free agent and only eligible for salary arbitration That makes him more attractive to trade.

  2. unionman

    September 12, 2017 12:22 AM

    “I expect the Phillies to keep 1-2 of the lefties passed the Rule 5 addition day, so for now, this is merely a tryout.”


    • Steve

      September 13, 2017 09:39 AM

      The rest of the season is a tryout for a number of lhp rp. He expects that out of that group, 2 will be on the 40 man roster when the rule 5 draft rolls around……….

      • Bill Worth

        September 21, 2017 11:59 PM

        Day after World Series is done, 60 day disabled list guys need to be activated, placed on 40 man or go through waivers. Phillies have 7 on the 60 day disabled list.. Those subtracted from the 40 man also go through waivers. With a full roster at the moment, on that day 7 current Phils will go through waivers, unless 2 for 1 trades happen before then, but those are hard since all teams have a numbers crunch…

        November 20 is rule 5 addition day. Minor league guys sign at age 19+ with four years in the minors, or 18 years or younger when signed with 5 years of service, need to be added to 40 man or be subject to rule 5 at that point. Last year the Phils added 11 (RHP Ben Lively; OF Dylan Cozens; LHP Elniery Garcia; RHP Nick Pivetta; RHP Mark Appel; OF Nick Williams; C Andrew Knapp; 2B Jesmuel Valentin; RHP Ricardo Pinto; RHP Alberto Tirado; RHP Drew Anderson), but doubt that this year…. again those subtracted from 40 man roster to make room for those added will go through waivers. Also to be able to draft a player, or add a free agent you have to have less than 40 on the roster. Phils will pick early, so maybe they may be less than 40 – maybe 38 or 39… more subtractions… If they add 11 more; 11 will have to go, 13 if they want a couple extra spots… again not likely that many, but the Phils have more of a crunch here than most… but not as bad as I thought… Rhys Hoskins; J.P. Crawford; Victor Arano; Hoby Milner, Mark Leiter; Eliezer Alvarez; Pedro Florimon (60-day dl); Cameron Perkins; Kevin Siegrist; Henderson Alvarez; Daniel Nava (60-day dl); Ty Kelly; Zac Curtis; Hyun Soo Kim; Yacksel Rios; Jesen Therrien (60-day dl) were all already added to the roster this year, but some maybe removed. Clay Buchholz* (60-day dlwas a free agent, but soon to be free agent again) ; Brock Stassi(added then subtractred); Pedro Beato(added then subtractred); Joaquin Benoit (Free agent then traded); Casey Fien (added then released); Juan Nicasio (added then traded) were all names added, this year but subsiquently dropped… still possible to be added Franklyn Kilome, Ranger Suarez, Jose Gomez, Carlos Tocci, Seranthony Dominguez, Andrew Pullin, Malquin Canelo; Deivi Gullon all will get consideration to be added with Kilome and Suarez most likely; with Jose Pujols dropped from consideration since last year.

        Players that are rule 5 eligible, not on 40 man, need to be selected, placed on 40 man (November 20th), which is the day when major league teams freeze 40 man rosters till the rule 5 draft. This gives teams two weeks before the winter meeting when the rule 5 draft concludes the meetings to evaluate. Usually a lot of scouts looking at winter ball to see who elevates there game..

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