Scott Lauber reports that the Phillies signed right-hander Oscar Villarreal to a minor-league contract. Though in his article he said that Villarreal is not invited to Spring Training, Todd Zolecki confirmed that he Villarreal is in fact going to try out.
The 28-year old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008 with Houston. He was signed by Kansas City before the 2009 season but developed the need for Tommy John surgery and missed the season. He is most remembered for his time in the Atlanta Braves bull pen where we was very solid. In six seasons, he has a career 14-15 record with a 3.86 ERA and 1.37 WHIP for Arizona, Atlanta, and Houston.
This is another move where the Phillies are looking for diamonds in the rough and hoping to polish them off and make good use of them for cheap. He is a very talented reliever and could provide some long relief when he is up with the Phillies. He will most likely start in AAA to get his arm back into shape.