Great, now I have to learn to spell ambidextrous. I even have to use it in a sentence.
The Phillies acquired the ambidextrous Pat Venditte from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Joey Curletta. Venditte has pitched in the majors for Oakland, Toronto and Seattle after originally being drafted and signed by the New York Yankees in the 2008 Draft.
Venditte, 31, has been in the majors each of the past two seasons, putting together a line of 2-2, 4.97 in 41 games, covering 50 2/3 innings. Last season, Venditte was dealt to Seattle from the Toronto Blue Jays last August, with a combined mark of 0-0, 5.73 in 15 games - eight with Toronto and seven with Seattle - in which, Venditte threw 22 innings.
GM Matt Klentak told Ralph Long of CSIPhilly.com that the Phillies have been interested in Venditte and are looking forward to integrating him into their organization.
"Obviously, there's some intrigue to what he could do, the fact that he can throw with both hands, but this guy was a pretty good Triple-A performer last year and obviously has some big league time. This organization, we don't have a ton of upper-level left-handed pitching depth," said Klentak.
The Phillies won't get to see their new acquisition in person for a little while. Venditte is pitching for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic. After that, Venditte will come to camp as a non-roster player, because he is on a minor league contract.
The Phillies picked up Curletta from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the trade that sent Carlos Ruiz to L.A. Curletta was the player-to-be-named-later in the deal that also brought pitcher Tommy Bergjans and catcher A.J. Ellis to the Phillies. Bergjans is still in the organization, but Ellis became a free agent following the season and signed with the Miami Marlins. The Phillies brought Curletta to the Florida Instructional League, but as the PTBNL, we wasn't acquired until mid-September when the minor league season was already completed.
Curletta, who just turned 23 last Wednesday, was drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the 2012 Draft out of Mountain Pointe High School in Arizona. In five minor league seasons with the Dodgers, Curletta played in 448 games with a line of 40-240-.261/.329/.407, and spent last season playing at both the High-A and Double-A levels in the Dodgers organization.