Phils designate Asche; lefty Rollins claimed

Phils designate Asche; lefty Rollins claimed

PHILADELPHIA -- Cody Asche had been on the bubble as Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players approached.

Asche didn't make it. The Phillies announced Friday afternoon they had designated him for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for left-hander David Rollins, whom they claimed off waivers from the Rangers. Rollins, who turns 27 on Dec. 21, went 5-0 with a 3.77 ERA in 37 appearances with Triple-A Tacoma and 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA in 11 games with the Mariners.

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This is the third time Rollins has been claimed off waivers in the past two weeks. The Cubs claimed him Nov. 18 and the Rangers claimed him Nov. 22. The Phillies need left-handed bullpen help, particularly after the Marlins claimed Elvis Araujo off waivers last month.

The Phillies did tender contracts to right-hander Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez before the deadline.

All three players are eligible for arbitration.

Gomez, 22, saved 37 games while posting a 4.85 ERA in 70 appearances last season, when he earned $1.4 million.

The 27-year-old Galvis hit .241/.274/.399 and posted career highs with 20 home runs, 67 RBIs and 17 stolen bases while making $2 million.

Hernandez, 26, hit .294/.371/.393 with 14 doubles and 11 triples in 155 games as Philadelphia's primary second baseman while earning $525,000.

Asche, 26, hit .240 with 70 doubles, 31 home runs and 125 RBIs in 371 games with the Phillies from 2013-16.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.