Phillies get de los Santos to patch bullpen

By Jim Callis
September 2, 2003

With the Phillies’ bullpen showing signs of imploding, most notably giving up six runs in the ninth inning of Monday’s loss to the Red Sox, they found a reinforcement on Tuesday. Philadelphia acquired Valerio de los Santos from the Brewers for a player to be named later or cash. De los Santos won’t be eligible for the postseason should the Phillies win the National League wild card.

De los Santos, a 30-year-old lefthander, ranked as Milwaukee’s top prospect entering 1998 but never has been able to claim more than a middle-relief role in the big leagues. This season, he has gone 3-3, 4.13 with one save (the first of his career) in 45 games. He has a 35-22 strikeout-walk ratio and a .225 opponent average, but he has been touched for eight homers in 48 innings. De los Santos throws in the low 90s, though he doesn’t have movement and command to match his velocity. He uses a splitter against righthanders and a slider versus lefties. He has a career 7-10, 4.19 mark in 183 big league games. He had Tommy John surgery in April 2001. De los Santos makes $925,000 and will be eligible for arbitration after the season.

November 6 update: In lieu of a player, the Phillies have completed the trade with cash considerations.