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The Phillies began their off season transactional housekeeping this week when they recalled four IronPigs (Elvis Araujo, Jimmy Cordero, David Buchanan, and Dalier Hinojosa) and outrighted six players to Lehigh Valley (Frank Herrmann, Colton Murray, Jimmy Paredes, Patrick Shuster, Dalier Hinojosa, and Emmanuel Burriss).
The net result was the removal of the six players from the 40-man roster. This lowers the actual player count on the 40-man roster (or Reserve List) to 34 players. But, the Phillies still have four players on the 60-day DL (Zach Eflin, Matt Harrison, Charlie Morton, and Aaron Nola). Well before the Rule 5 Draft, they will be returned to the 40-man roster. So a lot more transactions will take place over the coming weeks.
One transaction that cannot take place is the release of Matt Harrison. He is under contract and cannot be released until he has demonstrated that he has rehabilitated from his injury. So, when you contemplate the make up of the Phillies 40-man roster, remember that Harrison will be counted as a member of the 40-man roster at least until the end of spring training when he can be added to the 60-day disabled list, if necessary.
Among minor league players, James Russell and Cedric Hunter have declared free agency. Chace Numata has re-signed.
Winter league baseball has started. The Venezuelan League began games on October 6th. The Threshers’ Herlis Rodriguez (.294) hit for the cycle with 7 RBI in Aguilas del Zulia’s victory on Saturday.
The Arizona Fall League begins on Tuesday, October 11th. The Mexican Pacific League also begins on October 11th, the Dominican Winter League begins on October 20th and the Puerto Rican League begins on October 27th.
The Colombian Baseball League opens on November 4th and the Australian Baseball League opens on November 17th.