Livingston bolsters pitching staff

Landing Livingston bolsters pitching staff

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies acquired a potential No. 1 starter in Freddy Garcia during last week's Winter Meetings. On Tuesday, they took another step in bolstering their depth at the position.

Left-hander Bobby Livingston was acquired by the Phillies from the Devil Rays for cash considerations. The Devil Rays had claimed Livingston off waivers from the Mariners earlier in the day.

Livingston, 24, made three appearances out of the bullpen for the Mariners in 2006. He played most of the season for Triple-A Tacoma, where he posted an 8-11 record with a 4.59 ERA in 22 starts and one relief appearance.

Livingston pitched at least six innings in his final nine starts and had an impressive 3.09 ERA in his last five starts.

"Bobby is an intriguing player that gives [manager] Charlie [Manuel] and his staff another option in Spring Training," Phillies general manager Pat Gillick said in a statement.

Livingston, who is from Lubbock, Texas, was originally selected by the Mariners in the fourth round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft. He is 55-35 in his Minor League career with a 3.46 ERA in 120 games, 117 of them starts.

Andy Jasner is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.