Phillies commerce for Cubs merely-hander, DFA Bellatti

Phillies commerce for Cubs merely-hander, DFA Bellatti before every little thing appeared on NBC Sports activities Philadelphia

The Phillies made two transactions to launch the week, claiming utilityman Diego Castillo off waivers from the Yankees and trading cash considerations to the Cubs for merely-handed reliever Michael Rucker.

There had been 39 avid gamers on the Phillies’ 40-man roster sooner than the moves. Castillo and Rucker had been added and reliever Andrew Bellatti change into designated for assignment to liberate the final location.

The 26-yr-worn Castillo, now to not be careworn with the Rays/Mariners setup man by the same name, performed 96 video games with the 2022 Pirates. He had merely one at-bat in 2023 with the Diamondbacks. He’s hit .205/.250/.380 with 11 home runs and 13 doubles in 284 plate appearances. He owns a .296 profession batting average and .410 on-infamous proportion in 177 video games at Triple A and has performed every location, getting his most work at shortstop.

Rucker change into DFA’d by the Cubs final week once they signed Hector Neris. He appeared in 76 video games for Chicago the final two seasons, pitching to a 4.36 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 95 innings. He turns 30 in tiring April. Rucker throws six different pitches but change into largely fastball-cutter in 2023, throwing them a mixed 66.2 p.c of the time.

Importantly, Rucker has one minor-league option final, which blueprint he also can moreover be sent to the minors with out being handed by waivers.

Bellatti, who’s out of youth-league choices, has been with the Phillies since November 2021. He change into one of their most exquisite contributors in 2022 with a 3.31 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 54⅓ innings. Last season didn’t lumber practically as properly. Bellatti dealt with a triceps wreck in April and Would possibly maybe presumably merely and made as many appearances in Triple A as he did the majors, finally finishing with a 5.11 ERA. He can change right into a free agent if no group claims him on waivers.

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