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Phils Ink Villarreal

In their never-ending quest for arms, the Phillies signed former Braves and Astros relief pitcher Oscar Villarreal to a one-year, minor league deal today.

Villarreal last pitched in the majors in 2008, sitting all of last season after Tommy John surgery.  His last full year was with Houston, and it was relatively uninspiring.  He posted a 5.03 ERA in 35 appearances in ’08 and has had an up-and-down major league career.

According to Alden Gonzalez of, Villarreal tossed a bullpen session in Arizona and threw about 89-90 mph and will be certainly be looked at as plug for the leaky pen.

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