Phillies sign free agent Drew Smyly

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Phillies have made a pitcher transaction. No, they did not go out and make a deal.

Instead, the team signed free agent Drew Smyly on Friday morning. He had just became a free agent on Thursday after being released by the Milwaukee Brewers.

He signed a minor league deal with the Brewers on July 1st. Smyly was previously released by the Texas Rangers on June 25th.

The 30-year-old was acquired by the Rangers in an off-season trade with the Chicago Cubs.

He will attempt to give the Phillies pitching depth. That was something he was not able to do with the Brewers, as they are also struggling with pitching depth.

The Little Rock, Arkansas native is 1-5 this season with an 8.42 ERA in 13 games, including nine starts with one game finished and one save. He has allowed 49 runs (48 earned runs), including 19 home runs, on 64 hits over 51 1/3 innings.

He also has 52 strikeouts and 34 walks.

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