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Phillies claim veteran reliever Juan Nicasio from Pirates

Phillies claim veteran reliever Juan Nicasio from Pirates
Published On: Thu, Aug 31
Jun 23, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Juan Nicasio (12) pitches during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies added a veteran reliever on Thursday, claiming right-hander Juan Nicasio off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Nicasio, 31, has a 2.85 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 60 innings this season, which he's spent as the Pirates' setup man.

This was Nicasio's final season of arbitration eligibility and he made $3.65 million. He is a free agent after the season but the Phils, who have next to nothing in future payroll commitments, could look to re-sign him if he impresses in September.

To make room for Nicasio on the 40-man roster, the Phillies designated Brock Stassi for assignment.

Why would the Pirates get rid of a solid reliever for nothing? Probably because he is an impending free agent and they're a notoriously frugal organization looking to save his remaining 2017 money.

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