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Phillies Sign Righty Matt Anderson

From the Phillies:

Right-hander Matt Anderson signed a minor league contract with the Phillies, the club announced today.  He will report to minor league camp in spring training.

Anderson, 34, last pitched professionally in 2008 when he went 0-0 with a 5.60 ERA in 15 relief appearances for triple-A Charlotte.  His last major league appearance came on July 1, 2005 at Busch Stadium for the Colorado Rockies.  He appeared in 12 games for the Rockies that year.

The first overall selection by the Detroit Tigers in the 1997 draft out of Rice University, Anderson spent parts of seven seasons in the major leagues for the Tigers (1998-2003) and Rockies (2005).  His career major league record is 15-7 with 26 saves in 257 games, all in relief.

Anderson made his major league debut in his first professional season (1998) after starting his minor league career with a 0.65 ERA in 30 games and 45 strikeouts in 41.0 innings (9.9 SO/9.0 IP).  In 42 major league appearances that year, he went 5-1 with a 3.27 ERA.

The Phillies must be hoping to either catch lightning in a bottle here or he’s back to his flamethrowing ways. Anderson would routinely throw in the upper 90’s to 100 mph, but arm injuries derailed an already underwhelming career. He figures to add depth to the farm system, if he’s able to stay healthy and perform at all.

Bottom line: you probably won’t be seeing Matt Anderson anytime soon, but if he does rediscover his heat, I’m all for it.

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  1. The Andrew

    January 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    You guys can crown yourselves all you want (insert Dennis Green voice)
    You can have 100 aces. etc etc

    If this team does not address the bullpen in a major way it is not winning a championship.

  2. tavian

    January 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I agree with The Andrew and would like to make an analogy: If the Phils do not address both the bullpen and the need for a solid utility player (especially the bullpen) then it is like swimming in shark infested waters with open cuts on your feet. All the great things Ruben has done will not be realized without a solid, reliable bullpen. Do not underestimate the value of a pitcher like Durbin.

    Moreover, there are several solid utility players that deserve attention, one is Felipe Lopez, even though he is considered moody and hard to work with, he does play a lot of positions (outfield and infied) fairly well. And he bats right-handed.

  3. betasigmadeltashag

    January 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    What is up with addressing the bull pen, you have a closer, and an eight inning guy, both have been to a WS and pitched well in the playoffs, two decent lefties, one who needs to find his control, but is an above average LOOGY, in JC, and the other can get both lefties and righties out. Contreous who can pretty much do anything and even close if you need him to. KK if Blanton is not traded or Worley is the #5 guy for long relief or spot start mop up role. And I really think Chad will be back. that is a pretty solid pen. Also you have a pretty decent bench right now if Valdez comes back, along with Schnider and Gload. Valdez even if he only hits .225 is a solid infield defensive replacement for SS 2nd or third. So what part of the bull pen and utility player do you need to address, say Durbin does not come back you do not think they have a little faith is some of the arms in the minors, and if they do not work out, relievers are a dime a dozen come trade deadline. I also would not sleep on Baez I knoknow knohe look

  4. betasigmadeltashag

    January 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I know he did not look good for all most all of last year, but he does have some decent stuff and I think he is going to surprise some you haters out there. Also have a little faith in the FO that has put this team together if you do not think they have a plan you are mistaken.

  5. The Andrew

    January 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Disappointed the phils didnt make more of an attempt at Soriano.

    I do not trust Lidge. That show isnt going to get better over time only worse.
    Although he was fine mostly last year.
    Id like to see 2 more madsons in the pen.
    I am still waiting to see what happens.
    Nothing demoralizes a team worse than bad a pen. And vice versa a mediocre team like SD can contend on its back.
    Somethings got to give here. The Phils will have to have an act of god to not win the NL east. So maybe you go into the season and make a trade around the all star break and try to get some arms a little bit cheaper.

  6. GoPhils

    January 15, 2011 at 12:31 am

    It’s interesting that he came from Rice. Another guy that came out of Rice was Joe Savery, and he also has been injury-plagued. I read somewhere that they don’t take care of their pitchers over there.

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