The Phillies were 3-3 last week! The Phillies swept a two-game series in Seattle to end the west coast swing of their road trip. They returned to the east coast and salvaged their series against the Mets with a getaway day victory.
The Phillies offerings under their redesigned Schedule tab are too annoying to navigate. The graphics and ads make the load back and forth between pages too long to bear. I don’t have the patience to get the team and individual info I would like to provide here. For this I am truly sorry.
The Phillies are still the worst team in baseball with a 27-53 record and .338 winning percentage. They return home to play a 4-game series against the Pirates and a 3-game series against the Padres. This will take them up to the All Star break and that much closer to the trade deadline.
It’s still too early to start tracking the worst record for draft purposes. I’m not ready to root for losses. Instead, I’m rooting for wins and then rooting for the other bad teams to win when the Phillies win. So, less than 40% of the time, I have to root for those other teams to win. Works for me.
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.
International Signing News
The International Signing Discussion is located here, but the Phillies’ first day activity as reported by Ben Badler, Baseball America, has the Phillies signing 4 of the top 50 prospects:
- Luis Garcia, ss, Dominican Republic (No. 12 prospect), $2.5 million
- Carlos Vargas, rhp, Colombia (No. 25 prospect), $525,000
- Carlos Betancourt, rhp, Venezuela (No. 41 prospect)
- Cesar Rodriguez, c, Venezuela (No. 42 prospect)
- Israel Puello, rhp, Dominican Republic, $460,0000
- Oscar Gonzalez, c, Venezuela
- Cristian Hernandez, rhp, Venezuela
- Alberto Torres, lhp, Colombia
Baseball America is NOT reporting bonuses for Venezuelan prospects. I will follow their lead. So far ALL reported signings that exceed $300K total $4,435,000. The Phillies have been allotted $4,750,000, so they can still go over $300K on one or more contracts by as much as $315,000, which they may have reached already for all we know.
In his article, MLB columnist Jesse Sanchez opines that the Phillies will acquire additional pool money. Each team is allowed to trade for more pool money up to 75% of their original allotment (an additional $3,562,500 in the Phillies case).
Key dates remaining:
- July 31st – Non-waiver Trade Deadline
- December 10-14th – Winter Meetings in Orlando
- December 14th – Rule 5 Draft
Transactions: (includes roster juggling and paper moves)
- 7/1 – Phillies sent RHP Vince Velasquez on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 7/1 – Addison Russ assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters
- The organization rosters are up to date.