The Phillies are scouting Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz

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White Sox relievers J.J. Putz and Bobby Jenks are being scouted by the Phillies, reports ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine.

This makes sense for the Phillies given the fact that they’re trotting Jose Contreras out there as their closer at present.  Both Jenks and Putz are striking out a ton of guys an inning, so either of them would be nice additions. The White Sox say they aren’t giving up yet, but they’re seven and a half games back already, so you have to figure that they need to go on an utter tear to keep them out of the sellers column much longer.

In other news, “Putz and Jenks” sounds like some 1950s cartoon cat
and mouse team.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.