Philadelphia signed pitcher Chad Billingsley to a one-year deal, and needed to make room on the 40-man roster. In order to do so, Jimenez was designated for assignment. The 30-year-old Jimenez posted a 1.69 ERA over 16 innings with the major-league club last year.
Billingsley is set to make $1.5 million next year. He's eligible to make more based on whether he can reach certain performance bonuses in the contract. Billingsley has pitched just 12 innings in the majors since 2012 due to elbow issues. He had Tommy John surgery in 2013, but experienced more elbow issues while rehabbing after the surgery. He had season-ending surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in the same elbow, ending his 2014. The Dodgers opted to decline an option on Billingsley, making him a free-agent.
The 30-year-old has compiled a 3.65 ERA over 1175 1/3 career innings.
David Montgomery will return to the
Current club president Pat Gillick will remain in his role and oversee baseball operations. Montgomery had to leave the team last August to have cancer surgery, but he has recovered.
"I am fortunate to be healthy enough now to resume some of my previous responsibilities," Montgomery said. "I am very appreciative that Pat Gillick is willing and available to remain as the club's president. Pat and I have become very close since he joined us in the fall of 2005. I look forward to returning to work as Phillies chairman."
As a result of the Montgomery's return, chairman Bill Giles has been named chairman emeritus.
Coming off an outstanding performance in the Dominican Winter League, reliever
“It will be interesting to see who kind of takes the bull by the horns,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told the website. “We’re going to give some people opportunities to pitch, and typically what happens is the guy that’s performing the best and the guy that’s throwing the most consistently toward the end of spring, those are the guys that will make the club.”
Neris made his major-league debut last August, earning a win with one scoreless inning. That was his only appearance with the Phils.
Along with the
Papelbon is due $13 million next season, which is believed to be one of the sticking points in negotiations. In 2014, Papelbon had 39 saves with a 2.04 ERA.
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Ben Revere , CF||.306|
|HR||Marlon Byrd , RF||25|
|RBI||Ryan Howard , 1B||95|
|OBP||Chase Utley , 2B||.339|
|SLG||Marlon Byrd , RF||.445|
|R||Jimmy Rollins , SS||78|
|SB||Ben Revere , CF||49|
|W||Kyle Kendrick , SP||10|
|ERA||Cole Hamels , SP||2.46|
|WHIP||Cole Hamels , SP||1.15|
|K||Cole Hamels , SP||198|
|SV||Jonathan Papelbon , RP||39|
|Full Team Statistics|
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