Phillies claim Jared Hughes off waivers

(Tim Kelly/PhilliesNation)

The Phillies came into the 2019 season with some strong bullpen depth. Unfortunately, a number of their bigger acquisitions have landed on the injured list, leaving the Phillies in a tough position as the season has progressed. It also hasn’t helped that the starting rotation has struggled to get past the fifth or sixth inning a lot. These injuries and rotation issues have shifted the outlook of the pitching staff, and the Phillies have had to add guys like Mike Morin, Drew Smyly, Jason Vargas and Blake Parker to the mix.

In hopes of finding another veteran arm that can help, the Phillies have claimed right-hander Jared Hughes off waivers from the Reds, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic. To make room for him on the roster, Edubray Ramos was transferred to the 60-day IL. The Phillies have nine pitchers on the injured list.

Hughes, 34, comes to the Phillies after posting a 4.10 ERA and 1.241 WHIP in 47 appearances this season, striking out 34 and walking 19. He is just one season removed from a 2018 campaign that saw him sport a 1.94 ERA in 78.2 innings with the Reds. Between 2014-18, Hughes posted a 2.41 ERA in 329 innings, notes Bob Wankle from Crossing Broad. Hughes doesn’t strike too many guys out, but instead induces ground balls as his specialty.

The Phillies will pay the remaining part of Hughes’ $2.125 million contract for the year. If he performs well for them to close out the year, his contract has a $3 million club option for 2020. That can be bought out for $250,000.

Since making his big league debut in 2011, Hughes has appeared in 499 games with the Pirates, Brewers and Reds. He is 27-23 with a 2.83 ERA.


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  1. Phanatic

    August 15, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Any chance Phillies Nation can start its Book Reviews again? For as much as I love reading about Jared Hughes and other DFA’d drifters and has-beens I’d really like to read more about Phillies losing history.

    I would consider it a good counter-balance to all of the winning history I read about the German-owned Yankees and Cardinals who win, win, win.

    We need to see the other side of things. For every Henry James novel (Yankees, Cardinals) we need a Charles Dickens novel (Phillies).

    Any of our Phillies Nation contributors have Book Reviews in the works?

  2. Craig Glessner

    August 15, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Since 2001 the Yankees have 1 title and the Cardinals have just 2. Where is all this winning because it sure as hell isn’t in the playoffs. Every year 29 teams end up disappointed. If you don’t win that last game nothing else really matters look at the Mariners team that won all those games and didn’t win the series all that got them was a free tee shirt saying thanks for being in the playoffs. I know quite a few Dodgers fans that would agree with me sure they have had some great teams but it hasn’t gotten them anywhere I don’t know if they are German or Spanish or maybe even Japanese. There’s really no point in rooting for another team because it doesn’t mean as much when that team wins being a Phillies fan sure ain’t easy but when they win (And they will soon) it means so much more. Baseball is not an easy game if everyone could be good at it they would have to call it soccer or as the Europeans with their manly ways call it football. If you want a book review read about Billy Martin try to figure out if the German owned Yankees were geniuses or idiots for hiring and firing the same damn guy so many times.

  3. Thiago Feliciano

    August 16, 2019 at 3:20 am


    • Jeff Orbach

      August 16, 2019 at 9:32 am

      Couldn’t agree with you more Craig. Our poster from the “Riviera” or is it “Paris” (ie Moms basement) is why unfortunately this site is going to need a moderator sooner or later.

  4. Jeff Orbach

    August 16, 2019 at 9:39 am

    BTW Anheiser – Busch,(Cardinals) which I think is being referred to as German owned . Is in fact owned by In-Bev, which is Belgian, not German..

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