Phillies claim Ken Roberts off waivers from the Rockies

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The Phillies have claimed reliever Ken Roberts off waivers from the Rockies and optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports.

Roberts, 27, allowed six runs on 13 hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings at the big league level for the Rockies this season. He struggled at Triple-A Albuquerque as well, posting a 5.12 ERA with a 28/4 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings.

Roberts will serve as relief depth and could join the Phillies’ bullpen when rosters expand on Tuesday.

Brewers, Jimmy Nelson avoid arbitration with one-year, $3.7 million contract

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Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers and starter Jimmy Nelson have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract. The deal includes a $50,000 bonus if he wins Comeback Player of the Year Award, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Nelson, 29, was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in September 2017. He had a solid 2017 season, finishing with a 3.49 ERA and a 199/48 K/BB ratio in 1751/3 innings of work. The Brewers are hoping he can return to form this coming season.

Assuming he’s healthy and productive, he will rejoin a rotation that now includes Jhoulys Chacin, Chase Anderson, Zach Davis, and an as yet undecided No. 5 starter.