The 2015 Championship Season ended last night when the Kansas City Royals came from behind in game five to beat the New York Mets four games to one. The victory triggers a series of important dates that relied on the end of the World Series. Now, the off season can officially begin.
- At 9:00 AM on Monday, November 2nd, all players with 6 or more years of Major League service whose current contracts have expired AND who haven’t negotiated successor contracts for the 2016 season become free agents. Affected Phillies are Aaron Harang, Jerome Wiliams, Chad Billingsley, Jeff Francoeur, and Cliff Lee whose $27.5M team option will certainly not be exercised ($12.5M buyout).
- During the period that starts Monday morning until 11:59 PM on Friday, November 6th, a Quiet Period exists per Article XX(B) in the current CBA whereby “… any Club representative and any free agent or his representative may talk with each other and discuss the merits of the free agent contracting, when eligible therefor, with the Club; provided, however, that the Club and the free agent shall not negotiate terms or contract with each other. The following subjects are among those which may properly be discussed between any Club and such Player – (i) the Player’s interest in playing for the Club, and the Club’s interest in having the Player play for it; (ii) the Club’s plans about how it intends to utilize the Player’s services (as a starting pitcher or reliever, as a designated hitter or not, platooning, etc.); (iii) the advantages and disadvantages of playing for the Club including the nature of the organization, the climate of the city, availability of suitable housing, etc.; (iv) length of contract; (v) guarantee provisions; and (vi) no-trade or limited no-trade provisions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the free agent and his former Club may engage in negotiations and enter into a contract during the Quiet Period.
- November 6th, the fifth day after the end of the World Series, is also the last day to reinstate players from the 60-Day DL; the last day to outright potential Minor League free agents without Major League contract, if permissable; and the day that Minor League players become free agents at 5:00 PM, if applicable.
- On November 7th, “Players who become free agents pursuant to this Section B shall, upon the expiration of the Quiet Period, be eligible to negotiate and contract with any Club, subject to the provisions of this Section B.”
- During the Quiet Period, teams have the right to extend a Qualifying Offer to any Player who becomes a free agent under Section B in the CBA with the following stipulations – “… after having been continuously under reserve (without interruption) to the same Club (either at the Major or Minor League level) since Opening Day of the recently completed championship season (“Qualified Free Agent”). During the Quiet Period, the former Club of a Qualified Free Agent may tender the Qualified Free Agent a one-year Uniform Player’s Contract for the next succeeding season with a guaranteed salary that is equal to the average salary of the 125 highest-paid Players each year (“Qualifying Offer”).”
- Players who are offered a QO will have seven days after the end of the Quiet Period to accept the QO. The Players Association will supply the Labor Relations Department of the Office of the Commissioner a list of all Free Agents who have accepted QO by 5:00 PM on Friday, November 13th.
- According to COTS, three Phillies’ players are under contract for the 2016 season – Ryan Howard, Matt Harrison, and Carlos Ruiz.
- According to Baseball Reference, three Phillies’ players are eligible for arbitration – Andres Blanco, Jeanmar Gomez, and Freddy Galvis.
The remainder of the Phillies’ Reserve List (40-Man Roster) is comprised of the following 25 players – Elvis Araujo, Alec Asher, Jesse Biddle, David Buchanan, Jerad Eickhoff, Luis Garcia, Ken Giles, Severino Gonzalez, Dalier Hinojosa, Mario Hollands, Adam Morgan, Colton Murray, Hector Neris, Aaron Nola, Nefi Ogando, Joely Rodriguez, Jorge Alfaro, Cameron Rupp, Maikel Franco, Cesar Hernandez, Darin Ruf, Darnell Sweeney, Aaron Altherr, Cody Asche, and Odubel Herrera. If anyone is not tendered a contract by a date in December (the 12th, I think), he would become a free agent.
In other news, the Phillies signed Luis Miguel Ramirez to a minor league contract on October 16, 2015. He is a pitcher from Venezuela. He bats right and throws right. He is 5’11 and 175 lbs. He is 18 years old and his DOB is 9/14/1997.
On October 25th, Greg Pickett tweeted –
A week from today I’m gonna be in the Dominican
Sunday he tweeted –
I would assume he is reporting to the Phillies’ Dominican Academy, I don’t think he qualifies to play in the DWL.
And finally, J.P. Crawford was replaced in the AFL with Drew Stankiewicz. Crawford sustained a mild left thumb sprain while making a tag. An MRI exam revealed a partial tear of the UCL ligament, but won’t need surgery. His thumb will be in a splint for three to four weeks. He is expected to be 100 percent healthy by Spring Training.