The Phillies on Friday claimed lefthanded pitcher Mauricio Robles off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. They'll be the Venezuelan's fourth organization since 2006.
Robles, 23, had a 5.78 ERA for the Mariners' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates last season. He struck out 69 batters in 71.2 innings, but walked an unsightly 63. It's been a career-long problem for the southpaw, as his career BB/9 is 5.3. Robles' high-strikeout marks (career 9.4 K/9) make him appealing, and we all know how long lefthanders stick around. It's a low-risk waiver claim to add some lefty bullpen depth to the organization.
In other news, the Cardinals for some strange reason gave Ty Wigginton a two-year, $5 million deal despite Wigginton hitting .235 with a .688 OPS last year, being 35 years old and unable to field ground balls.
St. Louis wants Wigginton to hit lefties in a bench role, but he hit .234 against them last season and has just six extra-base hits in 124 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter.
Good for Ty. It'll be surprising if he makes it to the end of his deal.