Right-hander Mike Koplove, 32, pitched parts of seven seasons with the Diamondbacks and Indians, but has made only seven Major League appearances since the '05 season.
The Chestnut Hill Academy and University of Delaware product spent the entire 2008 season pitching for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, going 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA and 46/18 K/BB ratio in 54 2-3 innings. He also represented the United States in the Beijing Olympics. Originally a 29th-round choice of the Diamondbacks in the 1998 draft, his best seasons occurred with Arizona early on before arm problems derailed his career. In parts of seven Major League seasons, the sidearm righty is 15-7 with a 3.82 ERA and 175/103 K/BB ratio, all in relief, with his last significant action occurring in 44 appearances for the D-Backs during the 2005 season. The agreement is reportedly a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.
Beerleaguer: Koplove provides good relief value in the high minors, an area the Phils needed to improve. In between his time with Arizona and Cleveland, Florida looked at him in spring training, but released him in March. That’s how it’s gone for Koplove the last couple of seasons; he’s having a tough time breaking back in. More of a situational right-hander these days, he’ll have his work cut out for him if he wishes to break camp with a spot on the roster, but if he can't, it’s no reason to be discouraged. If the injury bug hits and he’s getting it done in Allentown, the Philadelphia native is a phone call away from returning home.