The team announced that pitchers Tyler Cloyd and Raul Valdes were claimed off waivers. Cloyd was claimed by the AL Wild Card Cleveland Indians and Valdes by the Houston Astros.
Cloyd, 26, was 2-7 with a 6.56 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP in 13 games (11 starts) this season for the Phillies. In 19 games (17 starts) over two seasons with the Phillies, the righty was 4-9 with a 5.98 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. He lacked velocity and his off-speed stuff was nothing to write home about either.
Valdes, 35, was 1-1 with a 7.46 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in 17 games, mainly out of the bullpen. In 2012, the lefty pitched in 27 games posting a 3-2 record with a 2.90 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP.
Neither player figured to fit in with the Phillies' future plans. Valdes was not effective in 2013 and is aging quickly. Cloyd just doesn't appear to be a Major League starter. The Phillies are better off without these two moving forward.
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