The world series participants became set when the Houston Astros defeated the “evil empire” Saturday night. They joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fall classic. The first time 100-win teams will face each other since 1970 – Baltimore (108) and Cincinnati (102).
Actually, I don’t find the Yankees to be so evil anymore. While I still hold the franchise in a modicum of disdain (old habits ARE hard to break), these aren’t the old Yankees I grew to hate years ago. And, their fans whom I meet in Florida are nice. They don’t have the air of entitlement that the fans of another American League East team have. You know who.
Organizational News and Changes
Mitch Walding and Ranfi Casimiro opted to re-sign with the Phillies rather than test minor league free agency after the end of the world series.
The Phillies, among the first to fire their manager, have seen two potential candidates sign with other teams
Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora has agreed to a contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway has reportedly agreed to a contract with the New York Mets.
An MLBTR article by Steve Adams breaks down a list of candidates for the Phillies’ managerial position. He adds Mariners third base coach Manny Acta, Giants third base coach Phil Nevin, and Athletics’ bench coach Chip Hale to the list of coaches who have already interviewed for the job. Internal option Jorge Velandia is considered a strong candidate. Adams’ October 21st article posted before the Red Sox and Mets deals were announced.
The Stanton to Philadelphia rumor still persists as mentioned in another MLBTR article by Connor Byrne. Stanton still has a full no-trade clause and was reportedly prepared to use it to nullify any trade to Philadelphia during the season.
Winter ball stats are available here, but include only the Arizona Fall League, and the Dominican, Mexican, and Venezuelan winter leagues. The Puerto Rican Winter League has been cancelled. Foreign players report to the Colombian Winter League on October 27th and they begin League play on November 3rd. Rosters not available. The Nicaraguan Winter League begins on Tuesday, October 24th. I see no Phillies’ farm hands on their published rosters. The web site for the Panamian Winter League is a cluster____.
Edgar Cabral is hitting a respectable .308 in the AFL. Trevor Bettencourt, Garrett Cleavinger, and J.D. Hammer have yet to allow a run in relief. Elniery Garcia has a 2.57 ERA in two starts. Jonathan Mayo breaks down the Phillies’ AFL participants in an MLB article on the Phillies’ site. It includes video interviews with Cornelius Rodriguez and Hammer.
Cameron Perkins has a .350 batting average in the DWL. Mitch Walding has 2 HR in the MWL and a .257 batting average, but also has 9 strike outs and 8 walks in 38 plate appearances. Zac Curtis and Tom Windle have not allowed a run yet in multiple appearances. Daniel Brito is hitting .323 in the VWL. Andres Blanco is hitting .462 but becomes a free agent after the world series.
Teams are beginning to release their tentative spring training schedules. So far, the Phillies haven’t. But the Tigers, A’s, Astros, Nationals, and Orioles have. And some of them play in Florida.
The Tigers begin against Florida Southern on February 22nd and host the Phillies at Joker Marchant Stadium on Friday, March 16th and Saturday, March 24th.
The Astros and Nationals open against each other on February 23rd, but neither hosts the Phillies this spring.
The Orioles also open on February 23rd, and host the Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday, March 11th at 6:00PM.
And, of course, the A’s are in Arizona.
Incomplete list of tentative dates:
- Friday, February 23rd at Toronto in Dunedin
- Saturday, February 24th v. Baltimore at Spectrum Field
- Sunday, February 25th v. New York at Spectrum Field
- Friday, March 2nd at Tampa Port Charlotte
- Saturday, March 3rd v. Baltimore in Sarasota
- Sunday, March 4th v. Toronto at Spectrum Field
- Thursday, March 8th at New York in Tampa
- Friday, March 9th v. Pittsburgh at Spectrum Field
- Sunday, March 11th at Baltimore (night)
- Friday March 16th at Detroit (in Lakeland) AND v. Toronto (split squad)
- Sunday, March 18th at Minnesota at Fort Myers
- Friday, March 23rd at Pittsburgh in Bradenton
- Saturday, March 24th at Detroit in Lakeland
- Sunday, March 25th v.Baltimore at Spectrum Field
Key Dates (new entries are in bold/italic text):
- October 24th – World Series begins.
Oct. 26, 2017 – Rawlings Gold Glove finalists announced on Twitter (12 p.m. ET)
- 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.
Nov. 6, 2017 – BBWAA Awards Finalists announced (MLB Network)
Nov .7, 2017 – Rawlings Gold Glove Awards (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET)
Nov. 9, 2017 – Louisville Silver Sluggers (MLB Network, 6 p.m. ET)
Nov. 10, 2017 – Wilson Defensive Players of the Year (MLB Network, 6 p.m. ET)
- 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.
Nov. 13, 2017 – Rookies of the Year announced (MLB Network, 6 p.m. ET)
Nov. 14, 2017 – Managers of the Year announced (MLB Network, 6 p.m. ET)
Nov. 15, 2017 – Cy Young Awards announced (MLB Network, 6 p.m. ET)
Nov. 16, 2017 – Most Valuable Players announced (MLB Network, 6 p.m. ET)
Nov. 17, 2017 – Esurance MLB Awards (MLB Network)
- 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 13, 2018 – earliest date for pitchers/catchers to report to Spring Training
- February 18, 2018 – earliest date for all other players to report for full squad workouts
- February 22, 2018 – Tentative date for the start of Grapefruit League games
- March 29, 2018 – Opening Day for the 2018 season
April 15, 2018 – Jackie Robinson Day
April 17-18, 2018 – Twins v. Indians at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, PR
May 13, 2018 – Mother’s Day events, all host ballparks
- June 4-6, 2018 – 2018 MLB Draft
June 17, 2018 – Father’s Day events, all host ballparks
July 13-17, 2018 – All-Star Week
- 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:
- 9/30-10/13 – Ranfi Casimiro re-signed with the Phillies
- 9/30-10/13 – Pedro Beato elected free agency
- 9/30-10/13 – Kevin Segrist elected free agency
- 9/30-10/13 – Ty Kelly elected free agency
- 9/16-29 – Mitch Walding re-signed with the Phillies
- 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.
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