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Phillies sign Steve Geltz to a minor league deal

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SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that the Phillies have signed reliever Steve Geltz to a minor league contract.

Geltz, 30, spent the 2017 season with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. He made 23 appearances spanning 27 innings, putting up a 2.67 ERA with a 29/12 K/BB ratio. Over parts of four seasons in the majors with the Angels and Rays, the right-hander owns a 4.23 career ERA.

Geltz will provide the Phillies some veteran bullpen depth. If he and the team decide to stay together beyond spring training, he’ll almost certainly pitch for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and act as relief insurance in the event of an injury.

Steve Geltz is not to be confused with Steve Jeltz, who played shortstop for the Phillies between 1983-89 and had a great Jheri Curl. Furthermore, Geltz is believed to pronounce “gif” with a hard G while Jeltz is believed to pronounce it with a soft G.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.