Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.
In the past week, the Phillies have –
- Announced the hiring of Andy MacPhail to succeed Pat Gillick as club President.
- Announced interim mgr. Pete Mackanin will be remain thru the end of the season.
- Announced the signing of international free agents Jhailyn Ortiz & Rafael Marchan.
- Opened up a 7.5 game lead over Miami. Colorado & Milwaukee are a half game back.
- Released Yoel Mecias (Prospect rank: #19 MLB, #10 PP Top 30, #6 Fangraphs, #12 BA, #14 Sickels, #4 BP, #4 MinorThoughts, unranked by Law)
- Announced the trading of Future Considerations, RHP Chris Oliver and LHP Josh Taylor to Arizona for Future Considerations.
The two pitchers represent one-third of Lakewood’s starting rotation. Shane Watson replaced Yoel Mecias (released) who replaced Ricardo Pinto (promoted to Clearwater). Taylor’s spot comes up tomorrow. Oliver’s on Thursday. Their rotation looks like this over the next 6 days – Not Taylor, Viza, Casimiro, Not Oliver, Garcia, Watson. Fill in the blanks!
I included a quick primer on the International Bonus Pool /Slots in the Box Score Report for July 5th. In case this is one of the topics you guys want to discuss, I have copied it here for easier reference.
- According to MLB Trade Rumors, the teams’ future considerations are the exchange of Arizona’s #1 slot in the International Bonus Pool for Philadelphia’s #9 slot.
- Baseball America published the International Bonus Pools in February. The Phillies’ entire allocation was $3,041,700; far short of the amount needed to cover the contracts reported to have been offered to outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz and catcher Rafael Marchan.
- Baseball America published the International Bonus Slots in April. The International Bonus Pool is comprised of a $700,000 base plus the four Internatinal Bonus Pool Slots assigned to each team. The slots are awarded to teams in reverse winning percentage order from the previous Championship Season. Philadelphia received slots 9, 39, 69, and 99.
- So, the exchange of the Phillies’ #9 slot ($1,352,100) and Arizona’s top slot ($3,590,400) results in a net gain of $2,238,300. Their total International Bonus Pool would rise from $3,041,700 to $5,280,000.
- But, a team is not permitted to spend more than their Bonus Pool by more than 50%. So, the Phillies would only have $4,562,550 available in their new International Bonus Pool. The reason they have to exceed the amount they can actually spend is that the rules stipulate teams can only trade International Bonus Pool money in the values assigned to the International Bonus Pool Slots.
- Why was all this necessary? Well, if a team exceeds their International Bonus Pool, they are prevented from signing a player for over $300,000 during the next International Signing Period. Arizona exceeded their allotment last year. The Phillies struck a deal so that they wouldn’t suffer the same punishment next year.
- I think this is pretty accurate. Got it?