Lefty Abad Joins Fight for Bullpen Spot

The Phillies are looking to create a lot of competition for spots in their 2018 bullpen. The most recent signing is 32-year old veteran lefty Fernando Abad, who signed a minor league deal with the team.

Abad spent last season pitching for Boston, appearing in 48 games with a 2-1 record and a 3.30 ERA. He worked 43 2/3 innings, striking out 37 batters with a 2.64 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. Abad joined the Red Sox on August 1, 2016 when he was acquired from Minnesota. His best season came in 2014 when he was a member of the Oakland A’s and pitched in a career-high 69 games with a 1.57 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings of work.

In eight major league seasons, Abad is 8-27 with a 3.65 ERA with Houston, Washington, Oakland, Minnesota and Boston.

Abad will be guaranteed $2.5-million if he makes the Phillies roster, with another $600-thousand available in incentives. The contract has a mutual option for 2019 and also calls for the Phillies to add him to the major league roster by March 22nd or risk losing him through an opt-out clause.

Adam Morgan and Hoby Milner, fellow lefty relievers, will be battling with Abad to retain their jobs in the Phillies bullpen. The Phillies also have left-hander Zac Curtis on the 40-man roster.

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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