The search is finally over: The Phillies have hired Bob McClure as pitching coach.
Bob McClure, 61.
A 19-year major-leaguer, McClure went into coaching and served as a pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals (2006-11) and Boston Red Sox (2012).
His stint with Boston lasted not even a year — he was fired on Aug. 20, 2012 with the Red Sox ranked 11th in the American League with a 4.30 ERA.
McClure had also been fired not even a year earlier from the Royals, who finished in the top 10 in the AL in ERA just once in his six seasons there.
As a player, McClure enjoyed most of his success with the Milwaukee Brewers, for whom he played from 1977-86. He posted two saves but also suffered two losses in the '82 World Series, including Game 7.
Another utilityman added
Not to be outdone by the Tigers-Rangers blockbuster, the Phillies on Thursday signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training, where he'll likely battle with Reid Brignac.
Blanco has hit .255/.301/.333 in six major-league seasons. He spent 2012 at Lehigh Valley.