The Phillies announced on Wednesday that outfielder Tyler Goeddel was claimed off waivers by the Reds. Goeddel was designated for assignment at the end of March after he failed to make the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Goeddel, 24, was selected by the Phillies from the Rays in the 2015 Rule 5 draft. To that point, he hadn’t played above Double-A, but he started the 2016 season in the majors as Rule 5 picks have to stay on the active roster, otherwise his controlling team must offer him back to his previous team. While Goeddel showed flashes of promise at times, he hit a meager .192/.258/.291 with 10 extra-base hits and 16 RBI in 234 plate appearances.
The Phillies have plenty of outfielders at the big league level and several more waiting in the minors, so Goeddel didn’t really have a future with the team. Goeddel will report to Triple-A Louisville to start fresh with a new team.
Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.
Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.
Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.
Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.