The Phillies traded Jimmy Cordero, a hard throwing reliever who was removed last week from the 40-man roster, to Washington on Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
The team also released David Buchanan, a 27-year-old righthander who spent two seasons with the Phillies. Buchanan went 8-17 with a 5.01 ERA in that span.
Cordero, 25, missed the first three months of the minor-league season with a shoulder injury. The righthander allowed 15 earned runs in 27 innings, struck out 19 and walked 10. Cordero reached triple-A in September but was placed on the disabled list with a strained shoulder.
The Phillies acquired Cordero from Toronto at the 2015 trade deadline as part of the return for Ben Revere. Cordero has a fastball that can reach 100 mph, but his shoulder woes sapped his velocity.
The other hard throwing pitcher acquired from Toronto - righthander Alberto Tirado - was added last week to the 40-man roster. The righthander struck out 102 batters last season in 64.2 innings. He pairs a 100 mph fastball with a devastating slider. Tirado, who turns 22 in December, will likely begin the season in double A. He has a chance to be the team's future closer.