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.
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.