Pat Neshek’s Triumphant Return

Pat Neshek was a definite standout part of the Phillies season last year. The veteran reliever made 43 relief appearances with the Phillies and posted a 1.12 ERA with 45 strikeouts and just five walks in 40 1/3 innings of work. The Phillies dealt – or more correctly, loaned him – to Colorado for J.D. Hammer, Jose Gomez and Alejandro Requena late last July. The 37-year old had continued success with the Rockies with a 2.45 ERA in 28 relief appearances.

Neshek had joined the Phillies on a one-year deal prior to last season to help solidify a bullpen that was questionable coming into 2017. This time around, the two sides agreed to a two-year deal – with a club option for a third year – worth $16.25-million. And in case you’re wondering, there isn’t a no-trade clause in this deal, so it’s possible that the Phillies could deal him again, although that doesn’t figure to be likely, at least right now.

The Phillies will keep Neshek in much the same role that he pitched in last season, working anywhere from the sixth inning on, especially if he’s needed to pitch out of a jam.

The deal is still unofficial, pending a physical and the signing of the deal, but there doesn’t appear to be any signs that the deal could fall apart. When he was traded last July, Neshek talked about being a free agent and having Philadelphia at the top of his list of destinations.

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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