SHOCKING NEWS: seasoned left-hander signs a one-year contract with……

CLEVELAND, OHIO – JULY 04: Starting pitcher Kolby Allard #49 of the Atlanta Braves pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field on July 04, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images



With their roster mostly complete minus potential help in the outfield, bench and bullpen, the Phillies have been looking to add pitching depth. On Tuesday, they announced they’d agreed to a one-year deal with left-hander Kolby Allard.

Allard is 26 and spent last season with the Braves. He was originally a first-round pick by Atlanta in 2015, five spots after the Phillies selected high school outfielder Cornelius Randolph.

Allard has a 6.10 ERA in 69 career appearances, 38 of which have been starts. At 90–91 mph on average, his fastball is not very powerful.

For a Phillies team lacking depth beyond its five starters (Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, Ranger Suarez, Taijuan Walker, and Cristopher Sanchez), Allard could offer depth to the rotation. Nick Nelson and Dylan Covey are the only other possible starting options on the 40-man roster.

With one option year left, Allard could be promoted from Triple A to the majors by the Phillies if necessary. 39 players make up their 40-man roster.

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