The Phillies have designated left-hander Cesar Jimenez for assignment. The move creates a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly-signed Chad Billingsley.
This is the second time the Phils have Jimenez has been designated for assignment in just under eight months, and he also was outrighted off their 40-man roster in June. The southpaw signed a one-year deal to avoid arbitration with the Phillies in October.
Jimenez, 30, posted a 1.69 ERA, 1.14 K/BB rate and 4.5 K/9 over 16 relief innings for Philadelphia last season, as well as an impressive 1.45 ERA, 3.07 K/BB rate and 8.3 K/9 in 49 2/3 IP at the Triple-A level. He joins five other players in “DFA Limbo” according to the MLB Trade Rumors DFA Tracker.