Baseball’s Winter Meetings start Monday, December 7th. The much awaited Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, December 10th. I have entered the 6 most recent transactions to the list below. I have set the trigger on this article to post Sunday night just in case I can’t get back to it by then. The data below is current as of Thursday night, December 3rd except for individual fall ball statistics.
During another slow week, I added links to BR for player stats and signing articles when available. I included more information on the WBSC at the end of the article. I will continue to add all the Phillies’ off season transactions and fall ball stats in future posts.
Off Season Transactions
- 12/2 – Andres Blanco avoided arbitration with a $1.45M contract for the 2016 season.
- 12/2 – Peter Bourjos avoided arbitration with a $2.0M contract for the 2016 season.
- 12/2 – claimed Peter Bourjos off waivers from St. Louis Cardinals.
- 12/2 – Miami Marlins claimed Nefi Ogando off waivers.
- 11/30 – Claimed RHP Michael Mariot off waivers from the Kansas City Royals
- 11/23 – Signed FA RHP Greg Burke to a minor league contract
- 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
- 11/18 – 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 declared free agency (signed w/MIA on 11/12)
- 11/7 – C Koyie Hill declared free agency (coach for CLW during 2015)
- 11/7 – RHP Colin Kleven declared free agency (signed with CWS on 11/20)
- 11/7 – Ethan Martin declared free agency
- 11/7 – RHP Steven Inch declared free agency
- 11/6 – C Willians Astudillo declared free agency (signed w/ATL on 11/24)
- 11/6 – RHP Stephen Shackleford declared free agency
- 11/6 – C Rene Garcia declared free agency (signed w/MIL on 11/19)
- 11/6 – 2B Brodie Greene declared free agency
- 11/6 – 3B Cord Phelps declared free agency
- 11/6 – 2B Tyler Henson declared free agency
- 11/6 – SS Edgar Duran declared free agency
- 11/6 – 3B Russ Canzler declared free agency
- 11/6 – LHP Anthony Vasquez declared free agency
- 11/6 – RHP Jason Berken declared free agency
- 11/6 – 2B Tyler Pastornicky declared 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 (declared 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 (declared 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, signed w/SEA on 12/2)
- 10/7 – Outrighted Jonathan Pettibone to LHV (declared 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 38 players –
Free Agents (5)
- Cliff Lee, Aaron Harang, Jerome Wiliams, Chad Billingsley, and Jeff Francoeur
Guaranteed Contracts (6) – contract information from COTS
- Ryan Howard ($25M for 2016, $23M club option or $10M buyout for 2017)
- Matt Harrison ($13M for 2016 and 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).
- Andres Blanco ($1.0M) – reached arbitration agreement for 2016 at $1.45M
- Peter Bourjos (1.8M) – reached arbitration agreement for 2016 at $2M
Arbitration Eligible Players (3) – salary projections from Tim Dierkes of MLBTR
(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 Neris, Aaron Nola, 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, Michael Mariot
Fall Ball – cumulative stats for Arizona Fall League, Australian League, and the winter leagues in the Dominican, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela
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.
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.
The US entry in the WBSC (World Baseball Softball Confederation) Premier 12 took silver in Japan when they lost to South Korea in the final game. The manager of the GCL Phillies, Roly de Armas, was one of the coaches. Cody Forsythe, Joey Denato, and Kyle Martin were on the USA team. So were FA pitcher Anthony Vasquez and FA 2B Tyler Pastornicky. Their combined stats are here. They do NOT include the final game which the USA lost 8-0. Joey DeNato entered in the ninth with 2 out and the bases loaded. He threw 5 pitches and recorded a swinging strike out to end the threat. Kyle Martin entered as a PH in the ninth and struck out looking. (Pastornicky started at third and went 0-4 with 2 K. Vasquez pitched 1.2 innings and faced 8 batters recording a hit, walk, HBP and K. He entered with 2 out in the fourth and stranded a runner, pitched a clean fifth, and left with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth after striking out the first batter then going single-HBP-BB.)
For those not aware (like me), the WBSC is the result of the 2013 merger of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and the International Softball Federation. From 1938 to 2011, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), then the governing body of baseball, considered the Baseball World Cup to be the sport’s major world championship. Following the 2011 version of the event, the IBAF chose to discontinue the tournament in favor of the World Baseball Classic.
In 2005, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that baseball and softball would be removed from the Summer Olympics beginning in 2012. Thereafter, the IOC also officially reclassified baseball and softball as two different disciplines of the same sport. After the 2013 merger, the WBSC.
On 27 November 2014, the WBSC announced the creation of the Premier12 tournament as a “spiritual successor to the Baseball World Cup” in an attempt to boost baseball’s bid for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The WBSC proposed that, if baseball does return to the Olympics for 2020, that the 2019 WBSC Premier12 be used as a qualifying tournament.