Phillies Sign Nate Robertson to a Minor League Deal

The Phillies have signed LHP Nate Robertson to a minor league contract and have assigned him to AAA Lehigh Valley.  Robertson, a veteran of nine major league season pitched for the Marlins this year, going 6-8 with a 5.47 ERA in 19 starts before being released by the Marlins.  Following his time with the Marlins, he was picked up by the Cardinals organization and was 2-1 with a 9.45 ERA in AAA Memphis before his release. 

Robertson is expected to make his debut Thursday when he starts for Lehigh Valley against Scranton.  Robertson was a 5th round pick of the Marlins in the 1999 draft and had his best major league season in 2006 when he went 13-13 with a 3.84 ERA in 32 starts while accruing 208.2 innings for the Tigers.

18 thoughts on “Phillies Sign Nate Robertson to a Minor League Deal

  1. He could be used against his old team on Labor Day. Phils will need another starter for game 2 of the DH.

  2. I’m sure Vance will be up and maybe the emergency long man but I have a feeling Charlie would prefer a vet in that spot. Who knows. He couldn’t stick with 2 teams this year so maybe there is nothing to see here.

  3. When you stink for St. Louis (organization) I think that is the end. Really bottom barrel scraping. I think I’d prefer Flande…

  4. im not a fan of overrating the fact that someones a veteran and ignoring the fact that they dont have it anymore. if he gets a start over worely on labor day, i will be very upset.

  5. Completely agreed with NEPP at the time, but I rethought my position during the 8th inning last night.

  6. Well, I never thought they’d actually use him in an MLB game. I figured he was AAA filler for the final few weeks. He had one fluky okay start at AAA and they call him up thinking there is something there.

    He’s terrible and completely finished.

  7. The Nate Robertson era is over. The Phils DFA’d him and claimed Cesar Carrillo off waivers from the Padres. Carrillo’s ERAs look far worse than his peripherals would suggest, so maybe the Phils’ scouts see something here.

  8. Charlies want “veterans” cleaning the bathroom. It is up to Ruben to put guys on the roster that are worthy of Charlie’s faith. His act only works with good players. Faith in Bruntlett didn’t work.

  9. Carrillo used to be a pretty high-end prospect before all the injuries. He could be an interesting reclamation project for our coaches. I trust in Wolever & Co’s scouting abilities.

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