In 4 1-3 spring innings, right-hander Alfredo Simon, who’d previously served in the Phillies' system between 2001 and 2004, allowed 10 hits, six runs and walked two with a 12.46 ERA.
The 25-year-old Dominican can touch the high-90s on his fastball, but has suffered major control problems ever since the Phils traded him, along with outfielder Ricky Ledee, to the Giants for reliever Felix Rodriguez. There were also rumors he was injured this winter pitching in the Dominican Republic.
The Baltimore Orioles used the fifth overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft to snare Simon, then traded him to the Phillies for their pick, catcher Adam Donachie. The Phils signed Simon to an undisclosed contract partway through the offseason. The transaction itself cost $50,000, though the Rangers will give half of it back to Philadelphia, according to Phillies.com. The team is still looking at fellow Rule 5 pick Jim Ed Warden, but the big right-hander has been shaky and may only be effective against right-handers, if anything.
By rule, Simon would have needed to stay on the Phillies 25-man roster all season, and there was really no shot of that happening.