The Phillies announced that they have claimed right-handed reliever A.J. Achter off waivers from the Twins. The team also selected the contracts of right-handers Edubray Ramos and Jimmy Cordero as well as outfielder Roman Quinn, adding them to the 40-man roster and protecting them from the Rule 5 Draft.
Achter, 27, has a career 5.18 ERA in the Majors but a stronger track record in Triple-A, where he most recently logged an impressive 2.63 ERA with 8.8 K/9 against 2.4 BB/9 in 48 innings. Achter’s ERA in Triple-A is well south of 3.00, and he’s displayed good control throughout his career, but he lacks velocity as well, having averaged just 90 mph on his fastball in the Majors.