The Phils have announced the signings of big-armed lefty David Purcey and right-handed vet Dave Bush, who was in the 'Pigs in '11.
Beerleaguer: Purcey, a 2004 first-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2004, finally settled into a bullpen role with the Jays two seasons ago after several failed attempts to stick in their rotation, and for the most part, pitched pretty well, even working some big innings, posting a 3.71 ERA and 32/15 K/BB ratio in 34 innings. The big knock is that he doesn't throw his slider for strikes, and that forced Toronto to cut the chord by dealing him in 2011 to the A's in a reliever swap, then Oakland flipped him to the Tigers for a second baseman. The 29-year-old was no good anywhere (1.782 WHIP), but he has good raw stuff that would naturally intrigue the Phillies on a minor league flier.
Bush, 32, had four starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and is an eight-year veteran, including serviceable work as a starter as recently as 2010 with Milwaukee, collecting 31 starts for the Brew Crew. At this point, he offers swing-man minor-league depth.
The Phils also signed catcher Steven Lerud, a Triple-A catcher who spent the last two seasons in the Baltimore chain.