The Phillies signed Bleich to a minor league contract, Baseball America reports. Bleich spent last season in the Pirates' minor league system. He was 1-2 with a 2.88 ERA and a 42:14 K:BB ratio in 56.1 innings across three levels. He will give the Phillies some additional relief depth in the minors.
The Pirates announced Thursday they optioned elite pitching prospect Jameson Taillon to Triple-A Indianapolis. They also optioned pitcher Casey Sadler and infielder Alen Hanson to Triple-A. Outfielder Willy Garcia was optioned to Double-A Altoona, while pitchers Collin Balester, Jeremy Bleich, infielder Gift Ngoepe and outfielder Mel Rojas Jr. were reassigned to minor-league camp.