The Phillies claimed left-handed pitcher Mauricio Robles from the Seattle Mariners today. Robles, 23, has a career 4.15 ERA in seven seasons, which includes stops in Triple-A Tacoma in each of the last three years. Robles has struggled in 15 games at Triple-A, 6.71 ERA, but strikes out batters at a 9.4 K/9 IP over his career. Robles was placed on waivers by the Mariners last week and now occupies the 37th spot on the Phillies 40 man roster, not including the suspended Carlos Ruiz.
Analysis: Some folks may remember Robles as the key piece in the deal that landed the Detroit Tigers Jarrod Washburn. It is worth noting that Robles spent the majority of his career as a starter before having much success as a reliever in Double-A last season. Robles struggled with injuries in 2011, including Spring Training surgery to remove loose bodies in his elbow, but was healthy for most of 2012. Robles struggled with command but maintained his velocity.
Robles is a nice insurance policy should the Phillies believe that one of their left-handed relievers won’t be ready for 2013 – he will compete with Antonio Bastardo, Jeremy Horst, Raul Valdes, Jake Diekman, and Joe Savery to round out the ‘pen from the left side. Robles likely will spend the year, however, in Lehigh Valley.