Former Mets bullpen mainstay Aaron Heilman, 32, has hooked on with the Phillies after getting booted from the Diamondbacks on July 19. He's reportedly been assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Beerleaguer: No self-respecting Phillies fan has ever been impressed with this guy. Totally overrated ex-New York pitcher. The Phils always saved their biggest moments against the Mets for Heilman, who is something of a relic from a bygone rivalry. His 6.61 career ERA in 40 appearances against the Phils is the highest among National League foes. Since leaving the Mets after 2008, his career has taken on a Danys Baez-like stench.
Heilman was still considered halfway decent until midway through the 2010 season with Arizona and he's been getting hit around ever since. In 32 games this season, he was 4-1 with a 6.88 ERA thanks to an incredibly high 12.2 H/9, a full three hits more than last season's rate. If there's a bright spot, it's that his strikeout totals are relatively high (33/11 K/BB ratio in 35 1-3 innings). Still, Heilman has been a garden-variety bullpen B-lister since 2007 and he's at the lowest point of his career. He's back in the minors for the first time since 2004 and I hope the Phils don't get any bright ideas about working him into a pennant race.
CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury first broke the story on Twitter.