Reports: Vince Velasquez Agrees to Deal to Join Padres
It didn’t take long for right-hander Vince Velasquez to find a new job after the Phillies released him on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Velasquez has agreed to a deal to join the Padres.
The news comes after the Phillies cut the 29-year-old Velasquez on Tuesday amid prolonged struggles. Velasquez was 3-6 with a 5.95 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 21 games (17 starts) over 81 2/3 innings this season for the Phillies.
San Diego was in need of another starting pitcher after Blake Snell was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left adductor strain. Velasquez is expected to start for the Padres this weekend against the Cardinals.
Interestingly enough, the Phillies trial the Padres in the N.L. Wild Card race, meaning Velasquez could play a role in the Phillies playoff hopes. Another former Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta, also has signed a deal recently to pitch for the Padres. The 35-year old is 5-13 this season with a 7.05 ERA this season with the Cubs and San Diego.