Phillies sign Elvis Araujo

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The latest career minor leaguer to sign a major-league contract because there was competition for his services is left-hander Elvis Araujo, who agreed to a deal that includes a spot on the Phillies’ 40-man roster.

Araujo is 23 years old and has spent his entire pro career in the Indians organization, never pitching above Double-A and logging a total of 21 innings above Single-A.

His numbers also aren’t particularly strong, including a 3.42 ERA and 50/28 K/BB ratio in 50 innings between high Single-A and Double-A this season. This was his first year as a full-time reliever, however, so perhaps the Phillies are convinced he has more upside out of the bullpen.