Philadelphia added some veteran pitching depth by signing David Purcey and re-signing Dave Bush to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training.
Bush was once a solid mid-rotation starter for the Blue Jays and Brewers, but the 32-year-old right-hander spent much of this year at Triple-A for three different organizations. Philadelphia was the last of his stops and the Phillies apparently liked him enough to compete for a low-leverage job in camp.
Purcey pitched for the Mariners, A’s, and Tigers this year and the 2004 first-round pick has an ugly 5.38 ERA in 181 career innings spent mostly as a reliever. He was traded from Oakland to Detroit for Scott Sizemore in May, but then the Tigers outrighted the left-hander off the 40-man roster a few months later.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.