The Phillies have claimed right-hander Brady Lail off waivers from the Mariners, both teams announced. To create roster space for Lail, Philadelphia also designated right-hander Ramon Rosso for assignment.
Lail was designated himself earlier this week, and he also came to Seattle via waiver claim off the White Sox roster last August. After tossing 15 innings for the Mariners last season, Lail had two innings pitched in two appearances this season, allowing three runs.
Lail has now appeared in each of the last three MLB seasons, with a 6.00 ERA over 21 career innings with the Yankees, White Sox, and Mariners. Originally an 18th-round draft pick for the Yankees in 2012, Lail is likely a known commodity to Phillies manager (and former New York skipper) Joe Girardi, and the righty can provide the Phils with more bullpen depth.
Rosso made his Major League debut in 2020 and has posted a 5.73 ERA over 11 innings in the Show over the last two seasons. After posting some solid numbers during his trip up Philadelphia’s minor league ladder, Rosso seemed to hit something of a wall at Triple-A, with only a 5.59 ERA over 77 1/3 innings at the top level of the minors. He has a 26.74% strikeout rate over 330 2/3 career innings in the minors, but that number steadily declined as Rosso advanced to face tougher competition.
Rosso worked almost exclusively as a starter from 2017-19, though he has been deployed as a reliever over the last two years, so he wasn’t considered as a depth option even for a Phillies team that has been hurting for help in the back end of the rotation. It’s possible another team might claim Rosso with an eye towards stretching him back out as a starter, or perhaps using him as a swingman.