Philadelphia Phillies Roster Moves: Jason Marquis signed, Ethan Martin called up, Phillippe Aumont sent down


Jason Marquis. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies season may be spiraling out of control, but the Phillies are not sitting by idly. They made a series of roster moves today.

The first move was (naturally) to sign yet another old player. According to reports, the Phils have signed Jason Marquis to minor league contract. And oh yeah, he’s 35 years old. 

Marquis played 20 games for the San Diego Padres in 2013, and had a 4.05 ERA before undergoing Tommy John surgery last July. The hope is that he’ll provide some depth for their shallow starting rotation with both Cliff Lee and Jonathan Pettibone out with injuries.

The Phillies also called up Ethan Martin, and sent down Phillippe Aumont to AAA. 

In his two appearances this season, Aumont was a disaster, recording an 21.60 ERA. Unless he gets his control straightened out (or the Phillies become desperate again) he probably won’t be back any time soon.

On the other hand, there is some optimism that Martin might actually be able to help the bullpen. He had been recovering from an injury, but the team hopes he’ll develop into a good reliever. Based on how this mess of a season has gone so far, the Phillies could certainly use another good reliever.