By Sam Bush
The Phillies had arguably one of the worst bullpens in the major in 2020.
So, it’s a good sign they have signed three relievers:
Right-handers Héctor Rondón, David Paulino and Bryan Mitchell to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training.
Rondón, who turns 33 later this month, is an eight-year veteran with the Cubs, Astros and D-backs. He helped the Cubs win the 2016 World Series and the Astros win the ’19 American League pennant. Rondón is 24-20 with a 3.49 ERA and a 3.63 FIP in 444 career appearances, but he struggled in his first and only season in Arizona in 2020, with a 7.65 ERA in 23 appearances.
Paulino, 26, has a 5.48 ERA in 16 appearances (seven starts) in parts of three seasons with the Astros and Blue Jays, although he has not pitched in the big leagues since 2018. Paulino was 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA in nine appearances this winter in the Dominican Republic. He struck out 28 and walked nine in 19 innings.
Mitchell, 29, is 4-10 with a 5.15 ERA in 64 appearances (20 starts) over a five-year career with the Yankees and Padres. He has not pitched in the big leagues since 2018.