Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies have traded lefty Jesse Biddle. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was the first to report that Biddle is heading to Pittsburgh. The return to Philly is unknown, but probably nothing substantial.
Biddle was a 2010 first-round draft pick who twice ranked among Baseball America’s top 100 prospects, but he never fulfilled his promise. He was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week. He’s recovering from Tommy John surgery, performed in October, and will miss the entire 2016 season.
But he’s still only 24 and throws hard and, at one time, struck out a lot of dudes. His control was suspect, though, and he walked a lot of dudes too. Once he has recovered and the Pirates can work on him a bit, there’s no reason to think that he doesn’t have a chance to turn his career around.