Phillies sign Steve Geltz to a minor league deal

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SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that the Phillies have signed reliever Steve Geltz to a minor league contract.

Geltz, 30, spent the 2017 season with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. He made 23 appearances spanning 27 innings, putting up a 2.67 ERA with a 29/12 K/BB ratio. Over parts of four seasons in the majors with the Angels and Rays, the right-hander owns a 4.23 career ERA.

Geltz will provide the Phillies some veteran bullpen depth. If he and the team decide to stay together beyond spring training, he’ll almost certainly pitch for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and act as relief insurance in the event of an injury.

Steve Geltz is not to be confused with Steve Jeltz, who played shortstop for the Phillies between 1983-89 and had a great Jheri Curl. Furthermore, Geltz is believed to pronounce “gif” with a hard G while Jeltz is believed to pronounce it with a soft G.