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Phillies trade Cordero, DFA Buchanan

Two players removed from the 40-man roster last week will play somewhere else next season.

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies-Media Day Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Last Friday, the Phillies removed Jimmy Cordero and David Buchanan from their 40-man roster. Today, the Phils assured that both will be playing elsewhere in 2017.

The Phils traded Cordero to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later on Wednesday. Last year, Cordero was considered one of the best arms in the Phillies’ system, capable of throwing 104 mph and routinely averaging in triple digits. He was acquired along with Alberto Tirado in the Ben Revere deal in 2015.

But Cordero was ravaged by injuries last year. Shoulder and bicep issues stole precious miles per hour off his fastball, routinely throwing 94-97 instead of in the 100s. At three levels last season he posted an ERA of 5.00 in 22 games (27 innings). He struck out just 6.3 batters per nine innings after totaling 8.6 and 10.1 in the lower minors the two previous seasons, and he posted a WHIP of 1.37.

General manager Matt Klentak said the team would have liked to keep him but that Cordero was a victim of a numbers crunch. But it’s clear the team valued relievers Tirado and Drew Anderson more than him.

Buchanan never pitched for the Phils last season, spending all of 2016 with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. While there he went 10-9 with a 3.98 ERA in 167 13 innings, striking out 5.1 batters per nine and walking 2.2. But that was following a disastrous 2015 in which he posted a 6.99 ERA in 15 starts.

It’s easy to forget that Buchanan was actually quite serviceable in 2014, going 6-8 but with a 3.75 ERA in 20 starts. His WHIP jumped from 1.29 in ‘14 to 1.85 in ‘15, and his hits per nine exploded, from 9.2 per nine to 13.1 the following season.

Buchanan has a good change-up, but a fastball that doesn’t move much and tops out in the upper-80s and lower-90s. The change-up isn’t all that useful if there’s nothing else from which to change things up.