The Phillies made their first move of an offseason that should center around pitching by claiming hard-throwing reliever Robert Stock off waivers Thursday from San Diego.
Stock, who will turn 30 in November, missed the final three months of this past season because of a strained right biceps. The right-hander appeared in 10 games during the season and has a 4.11 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 50⅓ innings over the last two years. It was his velocity — Stock’s fastball sits at 98 mph — that made him an appealing waiver claim.
The Phillies begin the offseason needing to rebuild their starting rotation and bring reinforcements to their bullpen. They are expected to be bidders on Houston ace Gerrit Cole and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg if he opts out of his contract with the Nationals. And they will be just as busy in the bullpen, which was ravaged last season by injuries.