Thursday, April 5, 2007
Rosario expected to bolster Phillies' bullpen
PHILADELPHIA -- Hoping to bolster a beleaguered bullpen, the
Philadelphia Phillies acquired hard-throwing right-hander Francisco
Rosario from Toronto for cash on Thursday.
Rosario was 1-2 with a 6.65 ERA in 17 games with the Blue Jays
last year. The 26-year-old Rosario was 20-26 with a 3.38 ERA in 148
games over parts of eight seasons in the minor leagues. He had 478
strikeouts in 498 2-3 innings in 148 games, including 84 starts.
"We like this guy's arm," general manager Pat Gillick said.
"We think he has a power arm. He's had a poor track record, but we
think he turned the corner this spring. He has a lot of upside.
He's a guy we've watched since last season."
Rosario was designated for assignment last Friday, meaning the
Blue Jays had 10 days to trade him, send him outright to the minors
or release him. The Phillies scouted Rosario throughout spring
training and pursued him strongly once he became available. They
gave Toronto $100,000, a small price if Rosario can improve a
Rosario had a 3.00 ERA in eight games this spring, striking out
nine in nine innings. His fastball was clocked between 94-97 mph,
according to Gillick.
"He was more consistent in the spring," Gillick said. "He's a
guy we want to take a chance on."
The Phillies will make a roster move on Friday once Rosario
joins the team in Miami before a three-game series against the
Entering the season, an inconsistent bullpen was Philadelphia's
main concern. The relievers cost the Phillies the first two games
of the season against Atlanta.
Ryan Madson allowed a two-run homer to Edgar Renteria in the
10th inning of a 5-3 loss on Monday. Closer Tom Gordon allowed a
tying two-run homer to Brian McCann in the ninth inning Wednesday
night, and Madson gave up a solo shot to Scott Thorman in the 11th
in a 3-2 loss.