The Seattle Mariners give their roster a boost by adding versatile pitcher David Phelps from a trade with the Miami Marlins that sent Center field prospect Brayan Hernandez (headliner), right-handers Brandon Miller, Pablo Lopez, and Lukas Schiraldi, per multiple sources.
In addition, Phelps is versatile, as he can pitch in the rotation or bullpen by being utilized in all roles. He has been more of a spot starter and long reliever in his career, but he made the switch on being a late-inning reliever last year. Since becoming a late-inning guy, his fastball velocity has increased to 93-94 mph after averaging a low 90’s. That has resulted in more strikeouts for the righty.
He has been a dependable pitcher in his career by owning a 3.90 ERA and striking out 509 hitters in 218 games (64 starts).
Furthermore, he has had a steady 2017 campaign. The 30-year old pitcher has a 3.45 ERA in 47 innings of work with 51 strikeouts. His strikeout rate is down in 2017, but he is still averaging 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings thrown. The former Yankee and Marlin pitcher will be a nice addition to the Mariners relief corps that currently ranks 13th in baseball with a 4.05 ERA.
Also, Phelps will join Edwin Diaz, Nick Vincent, James Pazos, Steve Cishek, Tony Zych and Marc Rzepczynski in the Mariner bullpen.
Finally, Phelps is controllable through the 2018 campaign via arbitration. He is earning $4.6MM in 2017, with about $1.86MM of that sum yet owed to him through season’s end.