The Phillies closed out the season with an 11-0 pasting of the hated New York Mets. They posted a 4-2 record over the final week with series wins over the equally hated Washington National and the Mets. The Phillies finished with a 66-96 record and a .407 PCT. They posted a 71-91 record in 2016, but showed promise after the All Star break this year when the went 37-38 after the infusion of several of their young prospects – Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Rhys Hoskins, and J.P. Crawford and some improved second-half pitching from guys like Victor Arano, Jake Thompson, Ben Lively, Adam Morgan, and Hoby Milner.
The Phillies finished in last place in the division, 4.0 games behind the Mets and 31.0 games behind the first-place Nationals.
The Phillies finished with the third worst record and will have the third pick in next year’s Rule 4 draft. The Detroit Tigers will have the 1:1 pick.
- The Tigers finished 2-8 and tied the Giants for the worst record (64-98, .395). They get the first pick by virtue of their inferior record in 2016 (86-75, .534).
- The Giants finished 5-5. Their 2016 record (87-75, .537) relegated them to the second pick next year.
- The Phillies finished 5-5 and were 2.0 games back.
- The White Sox finished 6-4 and were 1.0 game further back with their 67-95, .414.
- While the Phillies “blew” a lead over the final weeks, they were busy looking at young players who figure to make an impact next year. The Tigers and White Sox blew up their rosters with deadline trades, and the Giants were just a real bad team this season.
Organizational News and Changes
The Phillies “transitioned” manager Pete Mackinon to an advisory role under GM Matt Klentak. We’ve been having our discussion here.
Top 30 Poll
Last chance to submit your top 30 prospect rankings to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m going to shut it down mid-week. I have received 38 responses.
The “Best of Polls” will continue until their completion sometime this week. I’ll catch up with the results as quickly as I can.
Key Dates (newly entries are in bold text):
- October 24th – World Series begins.
- 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.
- October 15 or on the fifth day following the last day of the World Series, 5:00 PM Eastern Time, whichever is later (MLR 55(a)) – a player whose Minor League Uniform Player Contract expires becomes a Minor League free agent unless the player’s Major or Minor League Club has remaining options to renew the contract. As a Minor League free agent, the player may negotiate and enter into a contract with any Major or Minor League Club beginning on the first day that year that a Major League free agent is eligible to sign with a different Major League Club upon expiration of the player’s Major League contract (usually, the fifth day after the conclusion of the World Series. I guess the inclusion of an October 15th date is for a year when a World Series might not be held – strike, natural disaster, terrorism?).
- 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.
- November 13-16 – GM meetings in Orlando.
- November 20th – Deadline for roster expansion to 40 players prior to the Rule 5 draft.
- December 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.
- December 10-14 – Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.
- December 14th – 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 date for the start of Grapefruit League games
- March 29, 2018 – Opening Day for the 2018 season
- June 4-6, 2018 – 2018 MLB Draft
- July 17, 2018 – 89th All Star Game, at Nationals Park
- August 19, 2018 – Phillies v. Mets in the Little League Classic in Williamsport.
- December 10-13, 2018 – Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada
Last Week’s Transactions:
- 9/29 – DSL Phillies Red released LHP Roimy Mendoza
- 9/29 – DSL Phillies Red released 3B Frailin Serra
- 9/29 – DSL Phillies Red released C Pedro Gonzalez
- 9/28 – DSL Phillies White released RHP Santy Prada
- 9/28 – DSL Phillies White released RHP Yorbys Tabares
- 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.
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.