According to a report in the Daily News, left-hander Brian Mazone, who's pitched two strong seasons with the Phillies' Triple-A club, has been sold to the Samsung Lions of the Korean league. The Phils have added ex-Yankees reliever Jason Anderson.
Mazone, 30, was 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA in six starts with Triple-A Ottawa. Last season, he lead the International League in ERA (2.03) and nearly earned a September start with the parent club until a last minute change.
To replace Mazone, the Phils signed 27-year-old right-hander Jason Anderson from Somerset of the independent Atlantic League. Anderson has seen action in parts of three seasons with the Yankees, Mets and Indians, all in relief. A 10th round pick of the Yanks in 2000, Anderson pitched last season with Triple-A Portland (Padres) going 5-2 with a 3.29 ERA in 60 relief appearances. Based on his 494/166 K/BB career minor league ratio, he appears to be a strike thrower. Old Baseball America reports from 2003 said manager Joe Torre was high on him, then he was shipped off to the Mets in the Armando Benitez trade. He would return to the Yankees in 2005 for three games, but couldn’t stick.
Baseball Prospectus says Anderson’s trouble is that each time he’s had a major league audition his control, normally pretty good, has quit on him. Phillies now have two 27-year-old ex-Yankees relievers, one from the right, one from the left (Matt Smith), that couldn't make the jump to the majors. Maybe this is the break he needed. Philadelphia isn’t exactly stacked with quality bullpen candidates, and unlike New York, knock down, drag out relief pitching isn’t something Phillies fans come to expect these days.