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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