Blue Jays add righty David Phelps to bullpen equation
|Toronto Star 11 Jan 2019 at 09:54|
The Toronto Blue Jays signed right-hander David Phelps while you were sleeping on Thursday night, in hopes of bulking up their bullpen.
The 32-year-old right-hander became a free agent after spending 2018 with the Seattle Mariners — albeit on the sidelines. He suffered a torn elbow ligament before the season and underwent Tommy John surgery in March.
Veteran reliever David Phelps finished the 2017 season in Seattle before missing all of 2018 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. (Ed Zurga / GETTY IMAGES file photo)
The one-year deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million (all dollars U.S.), with a club option for 2020 — starting at $1 million with another $7 million in potential bonuses based on appearances.
The Jays, who were at the 40-man roster limit before adding Phelps, had yet to make room by designating another player for assignment.
Phelps, a 14th-round pick by the New York Yankees in 2008, started out as a swingman before moving to the bullpen full-time in 2017 with the Miami Marlins.
The Jays hope they’re getting the 2106 version of Phelps, who made 64 appearances for the Marlins that year with a 2.31 ERA and 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings.