Phillies add an arm to their mix of bullpen candidates


On the first day of the virtual winter meetings, the Phillies added a pitcher to their list of candidates for bullpen work in 2021.

The team claimed right-hander Ian Hamilton off waivers from Seattle on Monday. This is the second time that Hamilton, a 25-year-old right-hander, has changed teams in recent months. The Mariners had initially picked him up off waivers from the Chicago White Sox in September.

Hamilton was an 11th-round pick of the White Sox out of Washington State University in the 2016 draft. He has pitched in 14 big-league games, including four this season with Chicago. In four innings, he gave up four hits, two runs and five walks. He struck out four.

Hamilton had some success and registered some significant strikeout totals as a minor-leaguer in the White Sox system. He spent some time as a closer. He made his big-league debut in 2018 and missed significant time in 2019 after being hit in the face with a batted ball while pitching for Triple A Charlotte.

Hamilton does have a minor-league option remaining so he can be sent to the minors if he’s still with the Phillies in April.

The addition of Hamilton leaves the Phillies with two openings on their 40-man roster as they get set for Thursday’s Rule 5 draft.

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