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Rotowire: Oct 10 / 7:27a ET
News: De Fratus has elected free agency, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: The Phillies outrighted De Fratus earlier in the week after a disappointing season -- his ERA jumped more than three runs from 2014 -- and he has decided to explore opportunities elsewhere rather than remain in the organization. De Fratus doesn't have the stuff to ever be a reliable back-end arm, but he figures to at least receive an invite to spring training with another club.
Rotowire: Oct 7 / 2:09p ET
News: De Fratus was outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster Wednesday.
Impact: The 27-year-old took a big step back in 2015, posting a 5.51 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over 80 innings with the big club, up from 2.39 and 1.08 in 2014 (52.2 innings). It seems the Phillies lost hope of De Fratus regaining his old form and being a significant contributor out of the bullpen in 2016 and beyond.
Rotowire: Oct 1 / 2:54a ET
News: De Fratus pitched three scoreless innings in the Phillies' comeback win over the Mets on Wednesday.
Impact: It has been a tough year for De Fratus, who moved from his seventh inning role into a long relief gig due to the struggles of the Phillies' pen. He has a 5.61 ERA and a 66:30 K:BB ratio in 77 innings this season.