The Phillies have announced that they’ve outrighted pitcher Brad Lincoln. The move clears space on the Phillies’ active roster for Jonathan Pettibone.
Lincoln, 28, has a career 4.74 ERA with 6.8 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 222 1/3 innings in the big leagues. He came up as a starter with the Pirates, then briefly established himself as a reliever in Pittsburgh before heading to Toronto for Travis Snider. The Blue Jays shipped him to Philadelphia in December for catcher Erik Kratz and minor-leaguer Rob Rasmussen. Lincoln pitched just two outings for the Phillies, allowing three runs in a two-inning stint against the Brewers April 8.
What a terrible trade. They gave up two player for him and he’s gone already.
Rob Rasmussen who has no future, and Erik Kratz who is a average backup catcher. Hes outrighted, not DFA which means he goes to the minor leagues, so he isn’t ‘gone.’
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Rasmussen has more of a future than Lincoln!
Kratz has some decent pop in his bat, too
Hes 0-7 with a 6.16 ERA at the AAA level, and you never judge a catcher by his offense, hes a backup, so that ‘pop’ wouldn’t be fresh at all since he’d only play once or twice a week.
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Yeah but that was in the notoriously hitter friendly PCL… check out his #’s the year before in AA. I’m kinda disappointed the Jays moved him to the ‘Pen but maybe they think he’s better off there. But still not bad for a depth LH reliever…
Kratz is serving as our RH PH bat right now, hit a homer off David Price to straightaway center field in his first AB… not bad… and he still has several years of team control, so I like the trade from Toronto’s perspective. One of those good under the radar moves, Lincoln was #9 or 10 in our crowded pen and was out of options…
Why nor outright Rosenberg or Manship
Rosenberg has pitched better and Manship is the long man, that if he was DFA’d, he would surely be claimed off waivers. I agree with this move, since he pasted waivers and is at AAA.
If we had sent down Rosenberg we wouldn’t have had to expose him to waivers. Lincoln was out of options. Why would they risk losing him for nothing as opposed to simply optioning a 28-year old reliever who hasn’t been all that great this season
I believe the reason that they didn’t want to get rid of Manship is because hes the longman and their rotation hasn’t exactly put up innings this year. Rosenberg is scoreless through 3 1/3 innings. Lincoln wasn’t exactly a long term fit for them.
When you look at inherited runners scored for rosey, ypu will see that he deserves to be went down.
Ah yes. I remember when Pirates fans were up in arms about trading Lincoln for Snider. Yet nobody in Pittsburgh missed Eric Kratz, who’s turned out to be a pretty good pitch framer about as good as the more expensive Chris Stewart.