Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Phillies sign pitcher Nate Robertson

The Phillies made a somewhat interesting move today, signing lefty pitcher Nate Robertson to a minor league contract. Robertson, a longtime Tiger who has spent time with the Marlins and Cardinals this season, will report to Lehigh Valley and is expected to join the rotation right away. If all goes well, Robertson could also join the Phillies in a bullpen role (LOOGY?) when rosters expand in September.

While it's hard to get too excited about Robertson and 5.47 ERA in the majors this season, he is a veteran lefty pitcher that could contribute a few solid innings for the Phillies down the stretch. Given his experience with the Tigers in their run to the World Series, Robertson could at the very least be a decent clubhouse guy to have around. If he also somehow turned himself into a usable option out of the bullpen, the Phillies could have made a real nice signing. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that, though.

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