The Phillies' statement began this way: "The Phillies have released right-hander Scott Mathieson to allow him to pursue an opportunity with a professional team in Asia."
Kind of sounds like Ruben Amaro Jr. just rented a plane, dropped him off in the middle of Russia, held out his right hand and said, "Good luck to you, son." In actuality, Asia might be a good place for Mathieson. He certainly had worn out his welcome in North America. Over parts of three seasons with the Phils, Mathieson had appeared in 15 games with a 6.75 ERA that honestly doesn't even do justice to his consistent ineptitude. It didn't help that the 27-year-old underwent three major surgeries on his right elbow, including two Tommy John surgeries.
- The Phillies have signed ex-Mets lefty Pat Misch to a minor league contract, according to Jayson Stark's Twitter. The 30-year-old pitched seven innings for New York in 2011, allowing eight runs, 11 hits and four walks. He had a 3.82 ERA for the Mets as recently as 2010 (12 games, six starts). Misch is kind of a poor man's Jamie Moyer, though perhaps he throws a bit harder. He doesn't really project as a loogy candidate - his splits against lefties aren't impressive - so he's more of an organizational-depth guy who could give the Phils a spot start if needed in 2012.
-The Phils also re-signed infielder Kevin Frandsen to a minor league deal, which was also reported by Stark. Frandsen was in the organization last season, when he hit .309/.361/.430 while playing for A, AA and AAA. The 29-year-old also received a 50-game ban last year after testing positive for Ritalin.
-If those transactions don't excite you, perhaps a Vicente Padilla reunion would?