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Phillies Add Bullpen Depth For Playoff Push In Trade With Blue Jays

Tyler Maher
Philadelphia Phillies President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski is still adding to his team.
Philadelphia Phillies President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski is still adding to his team. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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With the September stretch drive approaching, the Philadelphia Phillies added some bullpen help by trading for Vinny Nittoli from the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

He is expected to join Philadelphia's big league roster when MLB rosters expand on Thursday.

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Nittoli, 31, will get another crack at the majors after logging just one MLB inning in his career to this point. That inning came with the Seattle Mariners last year, when Nittoli walked two and allowed a two-run homer.

The journeyman right-hander has re-established his value in the minor leagues this year, going 4-1 with a 3.30 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings for the Triple-A affiliates of the Blue Jays and New York Yankees.

Nittoli was planning to opt out of his minor league deal today, but Toronto traded him before he could do so. He'll join a Phillies team that currently holds the second of three Wild Card spots in the National League.

Philadelphia's bullpen has struggled at times this year, posting the 13th-highest ERA (4.06) in baseball. If Nittoli can translate his success from Triple-A to the majors, he could prove to be a useful addition for the Phillies down the stretch as they try to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

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