Phillies Sign Bush, Lerud, Purcey To Minors Deals

The Phillies have signed Dave Bush, Steven Lerud and David Purcey to minor league contracts, the team announced.  All three players will be invited to Major League spring training camp as non-roster players.

Bush, 32, signed a minor league deal with Philadelphia last August and posted decent numbers in four starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  Bush is an eight-year Major League veteran, playing for the Blue Jays, Brewers and Rangers during his career.

Lerud, a catcher, has played eight seasons in the Pirates and Orioles' farm systems with a career OPS of .665.  He has spent the majority of this time in Double-A ball, briefly cracking the Triple-A level in 2010.

Purcey, drafted 16th overall by the Blue Jays in 2004, was well-traveled in 2011, going from Toronto to Oakland and finally to Detroit in a six-week span.  The left-hander has a 5.38 ERA in 87 career Major League games, 21 of them starts.

12 Responses to Phillies Sign Bush, Lerud, Purcey To Minors Deals Leave a Reply

  1. Josh Gedert 4 years ago


    • Pawsdeep 4 years ago

      Some sanity. That’s what he was thinking.

      • Stuart Brown 4 years ago

        For sure. Unfortunately, that means we lost Scott Sizemore for 18.2 innings of 7.23 ERA ball from David Purcey and nothing more.

  2. Popular_mechanics_for_pitchers 4 years ago

    Who’s next? Russ Adams

  3. Silence 4 years ago


  4. Cmon AA you could’ve done that!

  5. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

    God I hate Purcey

    • TheBigNice 4 years ago

      So does Leyland. I think it’s the crooked hat look. 

  6. Pawsdeep 4 years ago

    Someone needs a random drug test; hallucinogens are about the only answer as to why someone would sign Purcey. Not in a right mind, for sure.

    It is a minor league deal, so atleast there is an out for the Phillies in that sense…

  7. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    Is that the same Dave Bush that had big-time surgery on his heart or am I thinking of someone else?

  8. I love how people react to minor league deals like their houses were just foreclosed. 

    • I love how people who can’t recognize sarcasm try to make themselves sound so magnanimous. 

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