Phils Lose Two Minor League Free Agents

Two of the Phillies minor league free agent pitchers have signed elsewhere. Pitcher Jesen Therrien, who had Tommy John surgery late in the season signed with the Dodgers and Michael Mariot signed with San Diego.

Because Therrien will miss most, if not all, of the 2018 season, the Dodgers signed him to a two-year minor league deal. Therrien posted an 8.35 ERA in 15 relief appearances with the Phillies this season after pitching at both Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley and finishing those two stops with  a 1.41 ERA in 39 relief appearances. Therrien also recorded a career-high nine saves in the minors.

The 24-year old product of Montreal was drafted by the Phillies in the 17th round of the 2011 Draft. The Mets had drafted him the year before in the 36th round, but he didn’t sign.

Mariot is a major league veteran who has made 44 relief appearances in the majors with the Royals and Phillies. He was last in the majors with the Phillies in 2016 when he made a career-high 25 relief appearances and finished with a 5.82 ERA and a 1-0 record. Overall, he has a 5.98 ERA in the majors.

Mariot, 29, was claimed off waivers from Kansas City exactly two years ago yesterday and in addition to his time in the majors in 2016, he pitched in 77 minor league games over two seasons, including making two starts. As a Phillies minor leaguer, Mariot was a combined 8-5 with three saves and a 4.15 ERA.

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Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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