Phillies sign Heilman

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Aaron Heilman had a 6.88 ERA in 32 games with Arizona this season. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

The Phillies have acquired a former Met, but it's not Carlos Beltran.

Righthander Aaron Heilman signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies and will report in the coming days to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Heilman was recently released by the Arizona Diamondbacks after posting a 6.88 ERA in 32 games. The 32-year-old reliever did strike out 33 in 35 1/3 innings but allowed 48 hits.

Phillies fans will remember him for his putrid performances against them while with New York. In his career, Heilman has a 6.61 ERA in 40 appearances vs. the Phillies.

For now, he adds depth at Lehigh Valley. Heilman has pitched nine seasons in the majors with three different clubs. He's a former college teammate of Brad Lidge's at Notre Dame.


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