Phils get Mariot from Royals on waiver claim
Righty reliever had 2.32 ERA in Triple-A last season
The Phillies on Monday added another pitcher who could compete for a spot in their bullpen during Spring Training, claiming right-hander Michael Mariot off outright waivers from the Royals.
Mariot, 27, was selected by the Royals in the eighth round of the 2010 Draft. He posted a 6.11 ERA in 19 games during the past two seasons in Kansas City -- logging just three innings in the Majors in 2015.
Mariot, who was designated for assignment by the Royals on Nov. 20, spent most of last season at Triple-A Omaha, where in 42 relief appearances he went 4-2 with a 2.32 ERA and 72 strikeouts while averaging 10.45 strikeouts per nine innings.
After adding Mariot, the Phillies still have two spots open on their 40-man roster, which will allow them to add a player in next week's Rule 5 Draft. They own the top pick.