The Phillies made several moves today getting them closer to their 2017 opening day roster.
While watching the Lakewood game at the Complex, word quickly spread that the Phillies had released Chris Coghlan who was an Article XX(B) free agent. As a player who had at least six years of service, was on the 40-man roster (or the 60-day DL) of a team at the end of the previous season, and signed a Minor League deal over the offseason, Coghlan had to be released by today’s deadline or added to the active roster (or DL) to start the 2017 season. Failure to do so would have incurred a $100K retention bonus and a June 1st opt out date. Coghlan had signed a minor league free agent contract with an invite to spring training this past off season.
Later, the Phillies announced that they traded Alec Asher to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later (PTBNL). The actual transaction on the Phillies site says he was traded for cash. Asher had been acquired in the 2015 deal where we sent Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, and cash to Texas for Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff, Matt Harrison, Jake Thompson, and Asher.
The Phillies informed Cesar Ramos, Hoby Milner, Colton Murray, Pat Venditte and Pedro Florimon that they will not make the 25-man roster, but will remain in camp through Friday. That leaves Brock Stassi and Daniel Nava as the final two non-roster invites in camp vying with Jesse Valentin for the final one or two position player spots on the 25-man roster. The race for the bullpen has been reduced to pitchers still on the 40-man roster – presumably Adam Morgan, Luis Garcia, and Joely Rodriguez for the final spot.
And finally, a new player was seen at the Carpenter Complex today. James Lovett was in workout dress and sitting in the stands watching the games. Lovett was signed by Miami as a free agent last August and saw action in 3 games as a designated hitter (0-12, 1 BB, 2 K). He is a 6’3, 200 pound catcher out of North Carolina Wesleyan. He arrived in Clearwater late Monday night. I’m guessing that he is the PTBNL in the Seve Gonzalez deal on January 24, 2017.
I was told by one of the beat writers that the minor league rosters will be finalized after the games on Thursday. I’ll try to get my hands on them as quickly as possible. Hopefully they are more forthcoming with them than they are with recent transactions.