Former Penn Stater and Giants first-rounder Nate Bump has signed back with the Phillies for a third season.
Bump, 35, went 5-9 with a 4.97 ERA and 66/29 K/BB ratio in 134 innings for the IronPigs in 2010, slipping from his Triple-A All-Star effort from two seasons ago (8-4. 3.35 ERA). The right-hander has spent parts of seven seasons in Triple-A and last appeared in the Majors as a reliever with Florida in 2005. The Phillies are his fourth team. The Phillies also signed right-hander Jesus Morales to a minors deal, according to Baseball America.
Australian League update: Winter league participation has dwindled for many Phillies farmhands except for the trio of players participating in the Australian League, including infielder Alan Schoenberger (.138/.219/.241 in 174 ABs) and right-handers Todd Van Steensel (4.32 ERA in 16 2-3 IP) and Josh Warner (11.12 ERA, 5 2-3 IP). The Phillies made a huge push to sign amateur talent from Down Under last decade and none of it panned out, mate.
Padilla to Red Sox? Speaking of the winter leagues, former Phillie Vicente Padilla is looking to rebound from a career-ruining neck injury and has been auditioning for scouts by pitching in his native Nicaraguan Winter League (where do I find those numbers?) I mentioned Padilla a few weeks ago as the kind of pitcher the Phils should look into signing to a low-risk minor league deal, with the possibility of using him as a late-inning reliever. It appears the Red Sox are ready to do exactly that.