Not much on the Phillies’ front this week. Next week they’ll be prepping for Matt Klentak’s first Winter Baseball Meeting as the GM of the Phillies.
MLBTR’s Brad Johnson profiled several possible top Rule 5 picks by the Phillies in a recent article. Interestingly enough they are all outfielders or first basemen.
For those of you who travel to Clearwater for spring training, the opening of the sports bar that replaced The Tilted Kilt finally occurred a week ago. So, there’s that. I’m going to check it out this week and will provide a review if we suffer another slow news week.
One last thing. Is anyone else bothered that Andrew Knapp only started 8 games at catcher in the AFL? I understand the dynamics that there are a lot of prospects attending and that J.P. Crawford would probably have been featured in most games at shortstop if he hadn’t gotten injured. But I don’t care about other teams’ prospects. Only playing 8 games at a position he needs improvement seems a waste to me.
With nothing else to do, I included all the Phillies’ off season transactions in this week’ s posting. I’ll continue to add to it and update the roster as transactions are reported.
Off Season Transactions
- 11/20 – Claimed RHP A.J. Achter off waivers from the Minnesota Twins
- 11/20 – Selected the contract of Roman Quinn from Reading
- 11/20 – Selected the contract of Jimmy Cordero from Reading
- 11/20 – Selected the contract of Edubray Ramos from Reading
- 11/19 – Signed FA RHP Leonel Aponte to a minor league contract
11/19 – Signed FA 2B Angelys Nina to a minor league contract
- 11/18 – Signed FA 2B Emmanuel Burriss to a minor league contract w/invite to ST
- 11/18 – Signed FA RHP Frank Herrmann to a minor league contract w/invite to ST
- 11/18 – Signed FA 2B Ryan Jackson to a minor league contract w/invite to ST
- 11/18 – Invited non-roster RHP Chris Leroux to spring training
- 11/18 – Invited non-roster RHP Reinier Roibal to spring training.
- 11/14 – Traded RHP Sam McWilliams to Arizona for RHP Jeremy Hellickson
- 11/12 – Signed FA LHP James Russell to a minor league contract w/invite to ST
- 11/7 – OF Destin Hood elected free agency (signed w/MIA on 11/12)
- 11/7 – C Koyie Hill elected free agency
- 11/7 – RHP Colin Kleven elected free agency (signed with CWS on 11/20)
- 11/7 – Ethan Martin elected free agency
- 11/7 – RHP Steven Inch elected free agency
- 11/6 – C Willians Astudillo elected free agency (signed w/ATL on 11/24)
- 11/6 – RHP Stephen Shackleford elected free agency
- 11/6 – C Rene Garcia elected free agency (signed w/MIL on 11/19)
- 11/6 – 2B Brodie Greene elected free agency
- 11/6 – 3B Cord Phelps elected free agency
- 11/6 – 2B Tyler Henson elected free agency
- 11/6 – SS Edgar Duran elected free agency
- 11/6 – 3B Russ Canzler elected free agency
- 11/6 – LHP Anthony Vasquez elected free agency
- 11/6 – RHP Jason Berken elected free agency
- 11/6 – 2B Tyler Pastornicky elected free agency
- 11/3 – Claimed RHP Dan Otero off waivers from the Oakland Athletics
- 11/2 – RHP Jerome Williams elected free agency
- 11/2 – RHP Chad Billingsley elected free agency
- 11/2 – RF Jeff Francoeur elected free agency
- 11/2 – RHP Aaron Harang elected free agency
- 11/2 – LHP Cliff Lee elected free agency
- 10/19 – Outrighted Tommy Joseph to LHV
- 10/19 – Outrighted Kelly Dugan to LHV (elected free agency on 11/6)
- 10/19 – Outrighted Domonic Brown to LHV (elected free agency 10/20)
- 10/19 – Outrighted Brian Bogusevic to LHV (elected free agency 10/20)
- 10/16 – Signed FA RHP Luis Ramirez to a minor league contract
- 10/15 – Signed FA LHP Jeff Singer to a minor league contract
- 10/15 – RHP Kevin Correia elected free agency
- 10/14 – RHP Seth Rosin elected free agency
- 10/14 – RHP Dustin McGowan elected free agency
- 10/7 – Outrighted Adam Loewen to LHV (elected free agency on 10/12, signed w/ARI on 10/30)
- 10/7 – Outrighted Jordan Danks to LHV (elected free agency on 11/6)
- 10/7 – Outrighted Chase d’Arnaud to LHV (elected free agency on 10/9, signed w/ATL on 11/5)
- 10/7 – Outrighted Erik Kratz to LHV (elected free agency on 10/9)
- 10/7 – Outrighted Justin De Fratus to LHV (elected free agency on 10/9)
- 10/7 – Outrighted Jonathan Petttibone to LHV (elected free agency on 11/6)
- 10/5 – RHP Sean O’Sullivan elected free agency
The following is an update of the Phillies’ offseason roster status, which currently stands at 37 players –
Free Agents (5)
- Cliff Lee, Aaron Harang, Jerome Wiliams, Chad Billingsley, and Jeff Francoeur
Guaranteed Contracts (4) – contract information from COTS
- Ryan Howard ($25M for 2016, $23M club option or $10M buyout for 2017)
- Matt Harrison ($13M for 2016, $13M for 2017, $13.5M club option or $2M buyout for 2018)
- Carlos Ruiz ($8.5M for 2016, $4.5M club option or $0.5M buyout for 2017)
- Miguel Gonzalez ($4M for 2016, and a vesting option for 2017).
Arbitration Eligible Players (4) – salary projections from Tim Dierkes of MLBTR
- Jeremy Hellickson ($6.6M)
- Andres Blanco ($1.0M)
- Jeanmar Gomez ($1.5M)
- Freddy Galvis. (1.9M)
(29) Remaining roster 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 Heris, Aaron Nola, Nefi Ogando, Joely Rodriguez, Jorge Alfaro, Cameron Rupp, Maikel Franco, Cesar Hernandez, Darin Ruf, Darnell Sweeney, Aaron Altherr, Cody Asche, Odubel Herrera, A.J. Achter, Roman Quinn, Jimmy Cordero, Edubray Ramos
No change in the VWL by Miguel Gonzalez. He stands at a 4.13 ERA in 7 starts – 12 BB, 19 K in 32.2 IP.
Rhys Hoskins has rebounded (.276/.340/.517, 3 HR) and Cord Sandberg has cratered (.230/.329/.311) in Australia.
The AFL has completed its season. Drew Stankiewicz (.483/.531/.621) responded well after his call up following J.P. Crawford’s thumb injury. Tom Windle (1.74 in 10 appearances) pitched well. Yacksel Rios (2-2, 5.14) got lit up in his final start and saw his ERA jump by about 3.00, however he pitched well in his other starts.
Maikel Franco made his DWL debut. He homered in his first game and has 2 in 5 games. His slash is .263/.391/.579. he has only struck out once in 19 AB and has walked 3 times. Roman Quinn is struggling he is hitting .212 and has struck out 27 times in 99 AB. Newly signed Angelys Nina has a .270/.323/.357 in 115 AB. Joely Rodriguez has a 2.95 ERA in 6 appearance/4 starts and 20 K in 18.1 IP. Ranfi Casimiro has posted a 1.89 ERA in 4 starts. Relievers Ulises Joaquin (2.70, 9K in 10 IP)and Jimmy Cordero (2.16 ERA in 9 appearances, 9 K in 8.1 IP) are throwing well. As is Nefi Ogando (2.70 in 8 appearance).
Victor Arano is killing it in Mexico with a 3-0 record and 0.86 ERA in 20 appearance, 18 K in 21 IP. Dylan Cozens made his debut and is hitting .318/.348/.500 with 1 HR in his first 7 games. He has 5 K and 1 BB in 22 AB.
In Puerto Rico, Jesmuel Valentin continues to put up a respectable .27362/.326/.341 in 88 AB. Hoby Milner has posted an ERA of 0.00 in 9 appearances (5.0 IP). Reinier Roibal has a 1.69 ERA in 4 starts – 16 IP, 12 K, 6 BB.
There is winter baseball in Nicauragua. Austin Davis, Harold Guerrero, Jairo Munoz, and Will Morris are all on the same team. Davis has a 0.99 ERA, 36 K in 27.1 IP.