Feb 162011
New Phillies reliever Brian Schlitter

New Phillies reliever Brian Schlitter

By Justin Adkins:

Even after assembing the Four Horsemen, Phillies general manager apparently isn’t satisfied with his pitching situation.

Today the team announced that starter/reliever Andrew Carpenter has been designated for assignment and former Phils farmhand Brian Schlitter has been claimed off waivers from the Yankees.

Carpenter has only appeared in five games over three seasons with the Phillies.  Primarily a starter, he was moved to the bullpen to try to find a role for him but that didn’t seem to work either.  Over the past three seasons at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Carpenter went 19-18 with a 3.67 ERA.  He is likely to be picked up by another team soon.

Schlitter, 25, was originally taken by the Phillies with the 503rd pick in the 2007 draft.  He was later traded to the Cubs in 2008 for lefty reliever Scott Eyre.  In 2010, he pitched mostly for Iowa, the Cubs Triple-A affiliate, appearing in 37 games and going 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA along with 13 saves in 45 2/3 innings pitched.  He will likely spend the entire season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

And if that isn’t enough for you, per ESPN NewYork the Phillies are rumored to be interested in former Mets starter John Maine.  Why, I have no idea.  Maine is coming off shoulder surgery, which limited him to only nine starts last year, where he posted a 1-3 record with a 6.13 ERA.  He’s no Doc, that’s for sure.  In seven seasons split between New York and Baltimore, Maine has a 4.35 ERA. 

Maine, 29, also has practically non-existent experience as a reliever in the big leagues, so why the Phillies are looking at him or why he’d be interested in coming to Philadelphia is a mystery, unless they really are planning to move Blanton.  And the Phillies just paid Kyle Kendrick a nice salary to avoid arbitration, not to mention the salaries of the Aces plus Joe, so it would seem strange to add Maine to the mix without seeing someone else move on.

The Royals are also rumored to be looking at the right hander.

And at this point, no one should question the genius of Ruben Amaro.  Who knows, maybe this Maine stuff is a smokescreen for the Ryan Howard for Albert Pujols trade he’s working on.

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