For those of you not "in the know" the title means- Brian Sanches is back with the Phillies organization. Word!
Anyway, it was announced yesterday that Amaro has signed Brian Sanches, Scott Elarton, and Tuffy Gosewisch to minor league contracts. Of the 3, Sanches has the most upside. In fact, the 33 year old righty reliever owns a career 3.58 ERA/1.38 WHIP over 6 MLB seasons. He's been a cog in the Marlins bullpen the past 3 years and could easily sneak into the Phillies relief corps to work middle innings should the higher ups decide De Fratus, Schwimer, or Aumont need more minor league seasoning. Sanches was in the Phils system from 2004-2007. The only hangup on him is his spotty control (119 BB in 228.2 IP), but he surrenders less than a hit per inning (197 H). I'm surprised he wasn't able to get a guaranteed MLB contract with a team.
Elarton is a reclamation project that's probably best left in the scrap heap. The 35 year old former 1st round pick of the Astros has 10 years of MLB experience, but to the tune of a 5.29 ERA/1.43 WHIP. Um, no thanks. He didn't even pitch all of last season.
Gosewisch has been a catcher in the Phillies organization since 2005 and isn't much of a hitter (.236/.670). Doubtful he ever sees the Majors, especially considering he's already 28. Maybe he works well with the young pitchers...
The Phillies have now signed 2 pitchers this offseason to minor league contracts that have a "s" to end their name instead of the typical "z": Brian Sanches and Raul Valdes.