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Phillies inexpensively add a reliever with closer and setup experience in Blake Parker

Phillies inexpensively add a reliever with closer and setup experience in Blake Parker

Updated: 5:40 p.m.

The Phillies on Tuesday picked up a reliever with experience closing and setting up in Blake Parker, signing him to a major-league deal. Edgar Garcia was sent to Triple A to make room.

Parker had 10 saves for the Twins earlier this season before being designated for assignment six days ago. He chose an outright release over an assignment to Triple A because he likely knew another team would come calling. 

The 34-year-old also had 14 saves with the Angels last season. In 175 appearances over the last three seasons, Parker has a 3.18 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 190 strikeouts in 170 innings. 

He is not a top-tier closer or setup man — he wouldn’t have been let go for nothing if he was — but Parker is every bit as effective as a reliever like Tommy Hunter, who was recently lost for the season to elbow surgery. 

Considering the Phillies were down to maybe Hector Neris and Nick Pivetta in terms of reliable right-handed relief options late in games, this was a move that needed to be made and it didn’t cost them any prospects. 

Neris has gotten back on track with four strong, scoreless outings, but he too had shown recent signs of slippage, allowing 13 runs in 12 innings from June 14 to July 18 as his splitter had begun to flatten out. If Neris struggles again, Parker (and/or Pivetta) could provide insurance in the role.

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Yasiel Puig joins the NL East

Yasiel Puig joins the NL East

About nine months after free agency opened, Yasiel Puig has finally found a home. He agreed Tuesday to a deal with the Braves, which means the Phillies could see him 10 times in 2020.

The Braves are still a contender but were reeling and needed to make some sort of move to add more talent to their roster. Over the last two weeks, they've seen superstar Freddie Freeman and top reliever Will Smith test positive for COVID-19, while Nick Markakis and Felix Hernandez have opted out of the season.

Puig, 29, will likely play right field and bat in the spot Markakis would have occupied. The Braves still have a strong outfield with Marcell Ozuna in left field, Ronald Acuña Jr. in center and Puig in right. To optimize for defense, they could play Ender Inciarte in the outfield and have either Ozuna or Puig DH.

There was so much fanfare over Puig when he debuted with the Dodgers seven years ago, but he hasn't been able to replicate the production from his first two seasons. He's settled in as a .260-ish hitter with mid-20s home-run power and an on-base percentage right around the league average. In fact, in back to back seasons, he has hit exactly .267 with exactly a .327 OBP.

In 141 career plate appearances against the Phillies, Puig is a .301 hitter with eight doubles, three triples, three homers and 18 RBI.

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How to watch Phillies intrasquad games live starting tonight

How to watch Phillies intrasquad games live starting tonight

Beginning tonight at 6 p.m. through Friday, the Phillies will be streaming each of their intrasquad games. Fans can watch on Phillies.com or on the Phillies' accounts on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook.

There have been some entertaining moments during the Phils' intrasquad games thus far — players reacting to big hits from their teammates, guys celebrating in unique ways. There was also Bryce Harper's stint at third base.

Heck, hearing the crack of the bat is enough by itself.

Tonight, Zack Wheeler and Vince Velasquez are expected to pitch four innings apiece. Top prospect Spencer Howard is on track to pitch three innings Thursday.

The Phillies then begin playing exhibition games this weekend. They are on the road to face the Nationals on Saturday, at home against the Orioles Sunday and in New York to play the Yankees Monday. Aaron Nola is expected to pitch Saturday and reach about 65 pitches.

The Phillies' regular season begins Friday, July 24 at home against the Marlins.

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