Phillies, McGowan Agree to Terms

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays-Photo DayThe Phillies added another arm to their bullpen tonight.

A baseball source confirmed an ESPN.com report that the Phillies have agreed to terms with right-hander Dustin McGowan.

McGowan, 32, went 5-3 with a 4.17 ERA in 53 appearances (eight starts) last season with Toronto. He is 25-27 with a 4.57 ERA in 158 appearances (68 starts) over parts of seven seasons with the Blue Jays.

He had a 6.75 ERA in seven Cactus League appearances this spring with Dodgers, who released Tuesday. He would have made $1 million had he made the Dodgers.

The Phillies must finalize their Opening Day roster before 3 p.m. tomorrow. Jonathan Papelbon, Ken Giles, Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman entered the weekend as locks to make the Phillies’ bullpen. (There is no indication Giles is going to open the season on the DL, despite a recent back issue and his fastball hitting 94 mph today.) The team selected the contracts of Jeanmar Gomez and Cesar Jimenez today, putting them in the bullpen.

That makes six relievers.

Rule 5 Draft pick Andy Oliver had been outrighted to Triple-A, but he elected to become a free agent.

Right-hander Luis Garcia remains in camp. He has options remaining. The Phillies also could elect to carry an eight relief pitcher until they need a No. 5 starter April 12.

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I am surprised about Oliver.

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Oliver no control. None of these moves make a difference. McGowan could be 5th starter or 5th if Williams stinks

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I am not surprised by any move this team is making anymore because it’s been all the wrong moves.. It’s almost like they want to drive this team into the ground.. maybe they want to pick a top draft pick next year? It really seems like it’s deliberate.

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I’m surprised about Oliver as well! I thought he looked really good in spring training. What the heck? Are we TRYING to lose???

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