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Phillies add Aaron Heilman on minor league deal

Jul 21, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

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Looking to add depth to a bullpen that’s been hit hard by injuries this season, the Phillies signed Aaron Heilman to a minor league contract on Thursday, CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury reports.  He’ll step into a Triple-A Lehigh Valley relief corps that just lost Jason Grilli to the Pirates.

Heilman was cut by the Diamondbacks after amassing a 6.81 ERA in 35 1/3 innings this season.  The stats, however, say he wasn’t nearly that bad.  He had 33 strikeouts versus just 11 walks, but he was doomed by giving up eight homers, which is twice as many as one would have expected based on his career rate.

Heilman’s velocity is down a bit this year, but he’s continued to get plenty of swings and misses.  He’s still a decent enough bet as a sixth- and seventh-inning guy, and the Phillies might want to go ahead and release Danys Baez to make room for him after he gets a few innings under his belt.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 21, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    They won’t release Baez for Heilman. Baez will be the last of Herndon, Carpenter, Perez, and himself to go. As I’ve said before, and as odd as it may be, he has a calming effect on the young arms of the bullpen. He can’t pitch but has helped Madson and Bastardo with mechanics as well as translate for the non English speaking members of the staff. They way I see it is that Carpenter is out the door when Lidge is activated. When Oswalt comes back Herndon or Perez will go with Kendrick sliding back into the long relief role. If the trade for an arm the other one goes. By the time Contreas comes back the rosters will be expanded to it will be a dead issue. Baez won’t be on the post season roster but he will be on the roster for the remainder of the regular season. Damn near certain of it.

    • macjacmccoy - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:58 PM

      wow dont you feel stupid

  2. spudchukar - Jul 21, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    So in the post-season how do you think it will go. Halladay, Heilman, Lee, or Lee, Heilman, Halladay, or maybe the Phightens will save their new acquisition for game 3 and hope that he can finish out the 5th game if necessary.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:48 PM

      Heilman goes game 3 so he can be start in case of a game 7.

    • phanatikal - Jul 25, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      Am I missing something? I hope this was just a stupid joke. Heilman hasn’t started a game since 2005. What could possibly make you think he would start a playoff game, let alone a regular season game? Did you forget we have hamels and oswalt?

  3. Jonny 5 - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    The Phillies used to tee off on this guy back when he was a Met. Him coming on board tells me an arm is going to be going bye bye in a trade.

    Good Dr….
    “Baez will be the last of Herndon, Carpenter, Perez, and himself to go.”
    If anyone gets “released” it would be Baez. The other guys have some value and if they go anywhere it’s back down to the minors. Besides Herndon, but he’s just better than Baez is.
    Now if you were talking trading? Baez would definitely be the very last to go. Simply because he… Well you know.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 22, 2011 at 9:09 AM

      That’s whats I meant, last to leave the 25 man roster.

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 22, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Well, I was dead ass wrong on this one. The Phillies DFA’d Baez to make room for Lidge. I must say, I am surprised they did so. Glad they did, but surprised none the less. Not because he doesn’t suck, but because they have been reluctant to do so in the past. Also, it frees a spot on the 40 man roster. So that is good too.

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