Relief For The Relievers Comes From Toronto

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Posted Apr 5, 2007


The Phillies and Blue Jays have been talking trade for some time now, with rumors surrounding Alex Rios and Jon Lieber. Well, the two teams pulled off a deal, but none of those players were involved.

After watching the Phillies bullpen give away the first two games of the season against Atlanta, Pat Gillick decided it was time to do something.

Anything.

With that in mind, GM Pat Gillick sent some cash - $100,000 - to the Toronto Blue Jays for reliever Francisco Rosario. While it's not a big deal, it's at least a start. The question is who Rosario will replace in the bullpen when he reports to the Phillies Friday when they start a road trip in Florida against the Marlins.

Rosario has always been highly touted and has good velocity, but has also had trouble throwing strikes in his career. The Phillies scouted Rosario heavily this spring and saw him throwing with better control and didn't see any drop in velocity. They also believe that they saw other mechanical issues that they believe they can fix to further help Rosario's control.

Francisco Rosario's career stats

LEVEL W L ERA SV G GS IP H R ER HR BB KO
Minor Leagues 20 26 3.38 22 148 84 498.2 413 224 187 42 177 478
Major Leagues 1 2 6.65 0 17 1 23.0 24 17 17 4 16 21

The Phillies will make a roster move before Friday's game against the Marlins to add Rosario to the roster. Rookie right-hander Joe Bisenius was the last pitcher added to the 25 man roster on Sunday and could be the first to exit.



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