This week the Phillies posted a 4-3 record. They came within a Pinto of sweeping a four-game series from the Los Angeles Dodgers. They had a 4-3 lead in the fourth game when Mark Leiter turned the game over to the bullpen. Leiter had held the Dodgers to just one earned run in his six innings. The Phillies then dropped two out of three to the Atlanta Braves. They have a 62-94 record and a .397 PCT. They are still not the worst team in baseball.
The Phillies have six games remaining. They return to CBP to close out the season with two, three-game series against the Nationals and Mets.
The Phillies have been officially eliminated from both the division and wild card races. They are 4.5 games behind the fourth place Mets, and could still overtake them and avoid finishing in the East Division cellar. It’s possible but not likely. That possibility could make the final series interesting.
The Phillies young line up has played very competitively and gives us hope for next season. They are still in the mix for the 1:1 pick in the 2018 draft although the Giants still hold a slim lead.
Now, one last look at the race for last place –
- the Giants are 61-95 (.391) and are the worst team in the majors,
- the Phillies are 1.0 game back (but hold the tie breaker if they end up with the same record and winning percentage),
- the Tigers (62-94, .397) have lost 7 games in a row and have closed to within 1.0 game of the Giants (tied with the Phillies),
- the White Sox (63-92, .406) are 2.5 games back (1.5 behind the Phillies),
- with 6 games left, the Mets, Padres, and A’s have eliminated themselves; the Reds still have an outside chance (66-90, .423).
Organizational News and Changes
First, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Williamsport Crosscutters have announced that they have extended their Player Development Contract (PDC) for two years covering the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Story here.
And in bigger news, the Phillies will be making a few changes to their Baseball Operations and Scouting Departments according to a report by Todd Zoleck. Pro scout Ed Wade, the former Phillies GM, is not returning. Neither is another pro scout, Del Unser, a former Phillies player and member of the 1980 championship team. Benny Looper, a Seinor Advisor of International Operations is also leaving, as well as amateur scouts David Seifert and Paul Murphy. Unser and Looper have announced their retirements.
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Key Dates (some dates become set with the conclusion of the World Series):
- The day after the last game of the World Series, 9:00 AM – “Following the completion of the term of his Uniform Player’s Contract, any Player with 6 or more years of Major League service who has not executed a contract for the next succeeding season shall become a free agent.” Organizations began an exclusive five-day negotiation window (referred to as “the quiet period” in the CBA) with their own free agents. During “the quiet period” any Club representative and any free agent or his representative may talk with each other and discuss the merits of the free agent contracting, when eligible; provided that the Club and the free agent shall not negotiate terms or contract with each other. The following subjects are among those which may properly be discussed between any Club and such Player:
- (i) the Player’s interest in playing for the Club, and the Club’s interest in having the Player play for it;
- (ii) the Club’s plans about how it intends to utilize the Player’s services (as a starting pitcher or reliever, as a designated hitter or not, platooning, etc.);
- (iii) the advantages and disadvantages of playing for the Club including the nature of the organization, the climate of the city, availability of suitable housing, etc.;
- (iv) length of contract;
- (v) guarantee provisions; and
- (vi) no-trade or limited no-trade provisions.
- Notwithstanding the foregoing, the free agent and his former Club may engage in negotiations and enter into a contract during “the quiet period”.
- The fifth day after the last game of the World Series, 5:00 PM – Deadline for organizations to submit qualifying offers to their free agents. Last year’s QO was $17.2M.
- This is also the deadline for organizations to exercise any club/mutual options.
- November TBA – GM meetings.
- The fifth day after the last game of the World Series – Free agents become eligible to sign with any team.
- Tenth day after the end of “the quiet period”, 5:00 PM – Deadline for players to accept/reject qualifying offers. Those who decline will become free agents.
- 11/20 – Deadline for roster expansion to 40 players prior to the Rule 5 draft.
- 12/2, 8:00 PM EST – Deadline for teams to tender contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters, including arbitration-eligible players. Non-tendered players become free agents. Tendered players who are arbitration eligible who do not accept the tender proceed to the arbitration process in February.
- 12/10-14 – Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.
- 12/14 – Rule 5 draft.
- January 9, 2018 – Salary arbitration filing deadline
- January 12, 2018 – Salary arbitration figures exchanged
- January 29 – February 16, 2018 – Salary arbitration hearings, Phoenix, Arizona
- February 14, 2018 – earliest date for pitchers/catchers to report to Spring Training
- February 19, 2018 – earliest date for all other players to report for full squad workouts
- February 26, 2018 – Tentative dtae for the start of Grapefruit League games
- March 29, 2018 – Opening Day for the 2018 season
- December 10-13, 2018 – Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada
Last Week’s Transactions:
- The organization’s rosters are up to date.
- The organization’s injury list is as up to date as I can make it.
- The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list is as accurate as I can make it based on the
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