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 Posted: Sat Nov 5th, 2016 01:51 am
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The Philadelphia Phillies made an addition to their troubled relief corps Friday, announcing they've acquired veteran reliever Pat Neshek from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

As part of the transaction, Philadelphia exercised Neshek's $6.5-million club option for 2017.

Neshek should help bolster a young Phillies bullpen that posted a collective 5.05 ERA this past year, the third-highest mark in all of baseball.

Known primarily for his funky sidearm delivery, Neshek posted a 3.06 ERA and 0.936 WHIP while striking out 43 batters in 60 innings for the Astros last season. While he was utilized as a setup man by manager A.J. Hinch in 2015, the 36-year-old worked in middle relief this year, primarily as a specialist against right-handed batters thanks to his favorable splits. Righties posted a meager .463 OPS against him in 2016, compared to a .967 OPS from left-handed batters.

Over 10 seasons with the Twins, Padres, Athletics, Cardinals, and Astros, Neshek owns a 2.93 ERA, 1.046 WHIP, and 378 strikeouts. He was an All-Star with the Cardinals during the 2014 season.