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The Phillies are 37-46. They went 5-1 last week. They book ended the week with wins by Vince Velasquez. They averaged 7 runs a game while sweeping the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Then they came home and took 2 of 3 from the World Champion Kansas City Royals. The Phillies go into the All Star break with 3 games at home against the Atlanta Braves before going to Colorado for 4 games against the Rockies.
Saturday, the Phillies hinted they could skip Aaron Nola’s final start before the All-Star break, and they confirmed Sunday afternoon that they will.
A week ago, while a lot of people were calling for Nola to be sent to Lehigh Valley, one of the sharper reporters here wrote, “So, what’s up with Aaron Nola? Three bad outings in a row. Can’t get past the fourth inning. Maybe skip a start? He’s throwing a lot of pitches. And, he’s still early in his career. So, maybe a little break before the All Star break and a little better care with his arm in the second half?”
During this past week, GM Matt Klentak was here in Clearwater. Just sayin’.
The Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo has released right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
The Boston Red Sox selected the contract of Sean O’Sullivan from Pawtucket Red Sox. How messed up is their pitching that this is their solution.
The Race for 1:1
Winning 5 of 6 sure didn’t help the cause. Sweeping Arizona a week after dropping 4 games to them at CBP brought Arizona back into the race to the bottom a lot sooner. Then the Diamondbacks placed Zack Greinke on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain. Oblique. That could run into several weeks. That’s not going to help.
The free falling Tampa Rays (37-47) are 10 games out of a Wild Card position. They are discussing putting some of their young starters on the block well in advance of the Aug. 1 trade deadline. That’s not good for us either.
Nationals are considering pursuing Reds left-handed slugger Jay Bruce, who has hit .275/.319/.557 with 17 home runs in 313 plate appearances. Bruce can’t block a trade to the Nationals and is familiar with manager Dusty Baker. This would further weaken the already weak Reds.
The Phillies little win spurt has moved them further from the 1:1 pick. They currently have the 10th worst winning percentage with Colorado poised to pass them. Remember, picks outside the top ten are not protected and signing a free agent who turned down a QO will forfeit the team’s first round pick.
The signing deadline is July 15, 2016. Three first round picks remain unsigned – Miami’s #7 (Braxton Garrett), Boston’s #12 (Jason Groome), and the NY Mets #31 (Anthony Kay). This could affect the Phillies if they finished with the 8th worst record for example, and Miami was unable to sign Braxton. Then Miami would be awarded the eighth pick in the 2017 draft, and the Phillies would drop down to the ninth pick.
In addition to the reported and unconfirmed signing bonuses for Venezuelan prospects Francisco Morales ($900K), Brayan Gonzalez ($800K), and Nicolas Torres ($665K), there are also reports of bonuses for Juan Aparicio ($475K) and Jose Tortolero ($450K).
Several signing bonuses have been reported but not confirmed – Francisco Morales ($900K), Brayan Gonzalez ($800K), Nicolas Torres ($665K). The Phillies have a total International Bonus Pool allotment of $5,610,800.
After investing over $30M in Cuban RHP Yaisel Sierra last winter, the Dodgers have outrighted him off their 40-man roster.