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Phillies add Dave Bush and David Purcey on minors deals

Dec 9, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

Dave Bush

Philadelphia added some veteran pitching depth by signing David Purcey and re-signing Dave Bush to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training.

Bush was once a solid mid-rotation starter for the Blue Jays and Brewers, but the 32-year-old right-hander spent much of this year at Triple-A for three different organizations. Philadelphia was the last of his stops and the Phillies apparently liked him enough to compete for a low-leverage job in camp.

Purcey pitched for the Mariners, A’s, and Tigers this year and the 2004 first-round pick has an ugly 5.38 ERA in 181 career innings spent mostly as a reliever. He was traded from Oakland to Detroit for Scott Sizemore in May, but then the Tigers outrighted the left-hander off the 40-man roster a few months later.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Both of these guys were originally drafted by the Jays. They both made it to the Jays, but never lived up to their early promise.I wish them luck.

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:11 PM

      Not every Jay going to the Phillies will be a Halladay…

  2. natstowngreg - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    The Winter Meetings having ended, we go into semi-hibernation. Teams pick over the scrap pile to stock their benches, bullpens, and AAA clubs. With occasional trades and significant free agent signings to liven up things. Next thing you know, Spring Training will come, and we can anticipate the coming season with delight or dread, depending on our favorite team’s prospects.

  3. slammincamnewton - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Enough with the damn pitching!! we have that, we can’t hit, go get Hanley Ramirez!!

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:31 PM

      Ruben in his P.J.s wearing a straight-jacket: “Need. More. Minor. League. Pitching!”

    • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:31 PM

      No thanks. Don’t want a soon to be ex SS. Also, would have to further leverage the pharm system for somebody who may or may not feel like playing hard.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:32 PM

      Also, these guys provide organizational depth for the staff. These days a team needs a 7th and 8th starter at AAA just in case.

  4. spudchukar - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Reports today indicate, that Omar Vizquel is next in line for the the Phillies: The Senior Tour.

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