Hutchison had spent the 2023 season in the minors with the Blue Jays after signing a non-roster deal over the winter. He triggered an opt-out clause earlier this month and was granted his release. It’s not too surprising the Jays didn’t call him up, as the 32-year-old had struggled through nine starts with Triple-A Buffalo. Hutchison allowed a 5.66 ERA in 35 innings while walking nearly as many batters (17.9%) as he struck out (19.1%).
He’ll obviously need to perform better to get another big league look. The Phils will hope the change of scenery can lead to improved results. Hutchison has plenty of major league experience, having tallied parts of seven seasons split between five clubs. That includes a brief stint as a Phillie. Hutchison made 11 relief appearances for them early in the 2018 season, pitching to a 4.64 ERA in 21 1/3 innings.
While Hutchison has settled into a journeyman type career, he carved out a role with the Tigers last year. He logged 105 1/3 MLB frames — his most since 2015 — while starting 18 of 28 appearances. Hutchison posted a 4.52 ERA with a below-average 14.7% strikeout rate with Detroit before being outrighted off the roster at season’s end.