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.