The playoffs are in full swing. And, in true Phillies-centric fashion, I don’t care. Guess I’m less of a baseball fan and just a Phillies fan.
Organizational News and Changes
FanRag’s Jon Heyman wrote that one reason the Phillies might’ve made the decision to remove Pete Mackanin just months after giving him an extension was that the play of recent call ups accelerated the rebuild timeline, that Mackanin was never more than a caretaker manager, and that they wanted a new manager for their next phase. All points we arrived at when the decision was announced.
In a recent radio interview (episode 80, minute 23:30), Andy MacPhail stated his and the organization’s position on a myriad of subjects –
- He expressed support for Matt Klentak’s decision to replace Mackanin.
- He noted that as the 2017 season progressed, “The younger we got, the better we played”.
- He made that observation as he dodged the question, “Would the Phillies compete for a playoff spot in 2018?”.
- They hoped to have the new manager in place before the GM meetings (Nov. 13-16) so he could participate in the discussions and understand the decisions made by the front office.
- He would like to add starting pitching, but so would 29 other teams.
- He doesn’t want to pay for past performance.
- He won’t commit to signing a FA pitcher, unless the deal is right.
- He admits that JM is driven and wants to invest in free agency, but has listened to the front office and has taken a realistic stance for the upcoming off season.
- He recognizes we have a surplus of good players at some positions, but he will not trade players for the sake of trading players. (So, Galvis and Hernandez aren’t necessarily on the trading block.)
- He said that “You can’t have too many good players”. It’s a problem they will gladly solve.
Joe Jordan was interviewed by Jim Salisbury and had a lot to say about our young prospects –
- He had nice things to say about both Williams and Crawford.
- Hoskins was the best hitter in the org the past 3 seasons. Said he made a small change at Instructs in 2014, and things just took off for him.
- Kingery needs to improve his 2-strike approach, work a handful more walks, and work on his stolen base approach.
- Quinn is ready to go and will participate in winter ball.
- Ortiz has the best hit tool/power in the organization, power to all fields, but still has a long way to go.
- Haseley has a superior hit tool, good 2-strike approach. Over the winter he needs to Add strength and focus on being a position player only. Expects him to start 2018 in Clearwater. Said they’ll look at him in “big league” camp.
- Moniak had a disappointing year, but people focus too much on numbers. He has added strength but needs to be a better hitter, better 2-strike hitter. He could start 2018 in Lakewood or Clearwater.
- Randolph improved each month. He’s their “priority player” in the Arizona Fall League, guaranteed to play at least 4 days a week. Reading in 2018.
- Cozens had a disappointing season. Has displayed all the tools, needs to make the necessary adjustments. Needs to be a better hitter, swing at good pitches, better approach. As I have pointed out here before, Mr. Jordan Jordan brought up Cozens’ 2015 season in Clearwater when they told him to forget about HRs and just swing at good pitches. He struck out less than 100 times after 147 at Lakewood. They know he can do it, but “It’s up to him”.
- Hall has good bat speed but needs to cut down on the Ks.
- Gowdy is talented but had TJ surgery. He expects Kevin to return to his previous talent level.
- Appel had a disappointing season. When he returns from season-ending injury, they’ll stretch him out in the bullpen and see where it goes from there.
- The Phillies have waves of pitchers coming through the system. Expect very good rotations in Lehigh Valley, Reading, Clearwater, Lakewood, and even below that.
- Romero sinks his FB at 93 and throws his 4-seamer at 94-96, has a plus change is improving on a back door cutter.
- He had a lot of good things to say about a lot of pitchers and by his own admission missed several. Give a listen.
I’ve heard that the Phillies are contemplating a dormitory at the Complex. Sounds like it will extend out from the existing complex on the north side. It might fit between Carlton and Roberts Fields.
You guys may get one of your wishes. The Phillies are considering adding a second GCL team. Looks like I’ll get no days off next season and have close to 60 day-night double headers.
All polls have been closed except the catchers poll. I expect to accelerate release of the results this week.
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:
- 10/6 – Henderson Alvarez opted for free agency
- 10/6 – Ty Kelly opted for free agency
- 10/6 – Kevin Segrist opted for free agency
- 10/4 – Phillies outrighted Henderson Alvarez
- 10/4 – Phillies sent 2B Ty Kelly outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 10/4 – Phillies sent LHP Kevin Siegrist outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 10/3 – DSL Phillies Red released RHP Alessandro Ciarla
- 10/2 – Phillies recalled 2B Jesmuel Valentinfrom Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 10/2 – Phillies recalled RF Dylan Cozens from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 10/2 – Phillies recalled RHP Alberto Tiradofrom Clearwater Threshers
- 10/2 – Phillies recalled 2B Eliezer Alvarez from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 10/2 – Phillies recalled RHP Drew Andersonfrom Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 10/2 – Phillies recalled RHP Mark Appel from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 10/2 – Phillies recalled CF Roman Quinn from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 10/2 – Phillies recalled LHP Elniery Garciafrom Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 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.