Phillies claim left-handed reliever from the Tampa Bay Rays off waivers
The Philadelphia Phillies have made some changes already as we head into the winter months of the MLB offseason. Just now, Todd Zolecki tweeted out that the Phillies have claimed LHP Ryan Sherriff off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ryan Sheriff never really found his role with Tampa Bay last season. He was a member of their bullpen on Opening Day but spent time away from the team to focus on his mental health. He pitched a few times throughout the year, putting together an unimpressive 0-1 record with a 5.52 ERA in just 14.2 innings pitched.
Sheriff was drafted in 2011 in the 28th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Over his professional career, he hasn’t pitched much. In 2017, he was 2-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 13 games with the Cardinals. The following year, he only pitched 5.2 innings over five games. In 202, he appeared in 10 games for Tampa Bay, throwing 9.2 innings with a 1-0 record and a 0.00 ERA.
The Phillies have a ton of work to do this offseason. Most recently, they announced that the ball club declined options on both Andrew McCutchen and Odubel Herrera. MLB Arbitration will begin next month. The Phillies have nine arbitration eligible players that they will need to make decisions on. Hint: Only three really matter. Of course, Major League Baseball still needs a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and who knows how long that will take.