Phils Bolster Bullpen With Veteran Relievers

The Phillies added some needed relief to their club late Friday night when they brought in two veteran relievers via trades with San Francisco and Cincinnati. The Phillies added right-handers Felix Rodriguez and Todd Jones, giving up Ricky Ledee, Josh Hancock and minor league players to make the deals.

The Phillies finally pulled the trigger. Now, the question is; do they have any more bullets to shoot on trade deadline day?

In a pair of late night deals, the Phillies acquired veteran relievers Felix Rodriguez and Todd Jones to add to their bullpen.

Rodriguez comes to the Phillies from San Francisco, where he was 3-5, 3.43 in 53 appearances. Last season, Rodriguez was the set-up man to Tim Worrell for the Giants and he'll take over that same job now with the Phillies. Worrell moved into the closer's job with the injury to Billy Wagner. The Phillies sent outfielder Ricky Ledee and minor league right-hander Alfredo Simon to San Francisco for Rodriguez.

In the second deal of the night, the Phillies shipped pitcher Josh Hancock and minor league shortstop Anderson Machado to Cincinnati for pitcher Todd Jones. Jones, who is in his 12th season, has pitched in 51 games with an 8-2, 3.79 record for the Reds.

The Phillies also got minor league outfielder Brad Correll from Cincinnati. Correll was hitting 9-63-.285 in 101 games at High-A Potomac this season.

"We've been trying to improve our pitching, particularly in the bullpen," commented general manager Ed Wade.

The 31 year old Rodriguez has pitched for Los Angeles, Cincinnati and Arizona before joining the Giants prior to the 1999 season. Coming into the season, Rodriguez had a major league mark of 32-17, 3.45 in eight seasons.

Jones is 36 and joins his seventh major league club. Jones came into the season with a major league record of 39-42, 4.08 in eleven seasons.

With the exit of Ledee, the Phillies have recalled outfielder Marlon Byrd from AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre and it is assumed that he will take over center field duties with the Phillies. The Phillies will also make another roster move before officially adding Rodriguez and Jones to the team, dropping one of their pitchers. It's likely that Geoff Geary will be the odd man out.

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