Positioning for the playoff sprint, the Phillies claimed journeyman reliever Rick White off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.
The 37-year-old right-hander is owed $325,000 on his contract and posted a 6.26 ERA in 27 1-3 innings for Cincinnati before he wore out his welcome. The move was reported on ESPN.com.
White pitched 75 innings for the Pirates last season to the tune of a 3.75 ERA, but posted ERAs over 5.00 the previous two seasons. A native of Ohio, White couldn't make it work in middle relief for his boyhood team and was designated for assignment on Monday.
White made his major league debut in 1994 with Pittsburgh. The Phillies are his 10th team.
White fits the Phillies’ profile as an old, ineffective innings-eater, but the move smacks of impending roster reshuffling more.
At its simplest, Gillick could be adding depth to the lower tier of the bullpen, or preparing to move someone to the DL (I’ve been sniffing a Rhodes' injury for weeks). It could also signal a possible trade involving a veteran Phillies reliever, such as Rhodes or Rheal Cormier. A more substantial move, such as a trade involving a veteran starter like Cory Lidle, is also not out of the question. Ryan Franklin could either be released or moved into the starting rotation. Goofy, but true.
Stay tuned. This minor, minor move could be the springboard for something big, or more likely, it's just the Phillies being the Phillies. I started picturing White in a Phillies uni to moment I read he was designated. See picture above ... is it really that hard?
In other news, ESPN.com is reporting that pitching coach Rich Dubee received a new deal.