The Phillies have acquired ambidextrous relief pitcher Pat Venditte from the Mariners, per a team announcement on Saturday. The Mariners will receive minor league outfielder Joey Curletta in the trade.
Venditte, 31, split his 2016 season between the Blue Jays and Mariners, pitching to a cumulative 5.73 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 7.8 SO/9 in just 22 innings. He’s expected to bring some bullpen depth to the Phillies, who are a little thin on left-handed relief this spring. According to comments made by Philadelphia GM Matt Klentak, Venditte will enter the Phillies’ camp after he finishes pitching for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic, at which point he’ll begin competing for a major league role.
Curletta, 23, was the PTBNL in the Carlos Ruiz trade to the Dodgers last August. He finished the 2016 season in Double-A Tulsa, batting .206/.280/.371 with four home runs and a .652 OPS in 107 PA.
Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.
While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.
Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:
It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.
Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:
It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.