A sad week for Phillies’ fans as a memorial service for Roy Halladay was held in Clearwater.
As the hot stove season continues, there was very little public movement by the Phillies at the GM meeting Orlando, FL. It’s probable that the somber week was responsible for the relative lack of announcements by the Phillies.
Late Friday, the Phillies announced the hiring of another coach to Gabe Kapler’s staff.
There were no player transactions as the Phillies approach Monday’s deadline for adding players to the 40-man roster to avoid being eligible for the Rule 5 draft.
The deadline for the nine players who received qualifying offers has passed.
Fifteen of the 16 Phillies’ minor players who were eligible opted for free agency.
Organizational News and Changes
The Phillies announced that Jim Gott will be the bullpen coach. Gott joins Dusty Wathan (third base coach) and John Mallee (hitting coach) as new members of the coaching staff. Assistant pitching coach Rick Kranitz has been retained in an as yet unspecified role.
The Phillies are likely to make several transactions prior to Monday’s deadline for 40-man roster moves. Their 40-man stands at 38 as of Sunday night. OF Juan Luis was released by the Williamsport Crosscutters. All Phillies minor league players who were eligible for free agency opted to declare for it (except Jake Fox) – RHP Michael Mariot, RHP Colton Murray, RHP Miguel Nunez, RHP Jesen Therrien, LHP Cesar Ramos, RHP/LHP Pat Venditte, C Wilson Garcia, C Chace Numata, C Nick Rickles, 1B Brock Stassi, 2B Angelo Mora, 3B Harold Martinez, SS Hector Gomez, OF Christian Marrero, and Herlis Rodriguez.
All nine players who received qualifying offers rejected them – Jake Arrieta, Lorenzo Cain, Alex Cobb, Wade Davis, Greg Holland, Eric Hosmer, Lance Lynn, Mike Moustakas, and Carlos Santana. With the new qualifying offer rules in place, if the Phillies were to sign one of these nine free agents, they would have to surrender their second-highest draft pick and $500K of international bonus pool money. Signing a second free agent from the list would cost the Phillies their third-highest pick, but no additional international pool money.
Rumors coming out of the GM meeting have linked the Phillies with several players. Some are likely to have been started by the player’s agents since the Phillies have the deepest pockets.
- John Morosi reports that the Phillies are interested in 31-yaer old, left-handed reliever Jake McGee who is a free agent.
- Steve Adams (MLB Trade Rumors) reports that the Phillies have shown interest in Cardinals outfielder Randall Grichuk.
- John Heyman includes the Phillies among teams intersted in 1B Carlos Santana who comes with a QO tag and the accompanying penalty.
- Although the Phillies have been linked to Giancarlo Stanton in many reports, Matt Gelb opines that such a trade is not ralistic in an Inquirer article.
- Reports that the Angels looked into Cesar Hernandez during the season have re-surfaced.
- The Phillies are the team that most polled execs and agents think will make a surprise splash in free agency per Mark Feinsand who used the poll to push his own agenda that the Phillies will pursue QO burdened pitchers Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb.
Winter ball stats are available here.
Threshers manager Shaun Williams led the Glendale Desert Dogs to a 16-14 record, second place in their division, and finished the season on a seven-game winning streak. Cabral finished with a .298 batting average. Randolph rallied to .239 and Green finished at .258 due to a 5-8 in his final 2 games. All three staggered to finish with strike out rates between 25.6% and 30.3%
Cameron Perkins is the only Phillies’ player over .200 in the DWL. He’s at .258 but hasn’t played since November first. In the MWL, Mitch Walding has stalled at 3 HR and faded to .228. In the VWL, Daniel Brito has left after hitting .273.
Among the pitchers, few are pitching particularly well. J.D. Hammer finished with a 0.66 ERA and 3 saves in the AFL. Edgar Garcia has a 0.00 ERA but in only 2 appearances and 2.0 innings. Seranthony Dominguez has a 2.84 in relief but has walked 5 in 6.1 innings.
Eight Phillies prospects are playing in the Colombian Winter League – Felix Paulino, Casey Brown, Jorge Alfaro, Grenny Cumana, Arquimedes Gamboa, Luke Williams, Kyle Martin, and Derek Campbell.
The Phillies’ spring training was released last week. Here is the list. The date in bold is a correction from earlier reports. Note that there are still 3 open dates. So there is still some chance for additional games.
- Thursday, February 22 v. University of Tampa at Spectrum Field
- Friday, February 23rd at Toronto in Dunedin
- Saturday, February 24th v. Baltimore at Spectrum Field
- Sunday, February 25th v. New York at Spectrum Field
- Monday, February 26th at New York in Tampa (night)
- Tuesday, February 27th v. Detroit at Spectrum Field
- Wednesday, February 28th at Toronto in Dunedin
- Thursday, March 1st v. New York at Spectrum Field
- Friday, March 2nd at Tampa in Port Charlotte
- Saturday, March 3rd v. Baltimore at Spectrum Field (split squad)
- Saturday, March 3rd at Pittsburgh in Bradenton (split squad)
- Sunday, March 4th v. Toronto at Spectrum Field
- Monday, March 5th v. Minnesota at Spectrum Field
- Tuesday, March 6th TBA or Bye
- Wednesday, March 7th v. Boston at Spectrum Field
- Thursday, March 8th at New York in Tampa
- Friday, March 9th v. Pittsburgh at Spectrum Field
- Saturday, March 10th v. Tampa at Spectrum Field
- Sunday, March 11th at Baltimore in Sarasota(night)
- Monday, March 12th at Atlanta in Orlando (night)
- Tuesday, March 13th v. Tampa at Spectrum Field
- Wednesday, March 14th at Atlanta in Orlando
- Thursday, March 15th TBA or Bye
- Friday March 16th at Detroit in Lakeland (split squad)
- Friday March 16th v. Toronto at Spectrum Field (split squad)
- Saturday, March 17th v. Atlanta at Spectrum Field
- Sunday, March 18th at Minnesota in Fort Myers
- Monday, March 19th TBA or Bye
- Tuesday, March 20th v. Toronto at Spectrum Field
- Wednesday, March 21st at Toronto in Dunedin
- Thursday, March 22nd v. Detroit at Spectrum Field
- Friday, March 23rd at Pittsburgh in Bradenton
- Saturday, March 24th at Detroit in Lakeland
- Sunday, March 25th v.Baltimore at Spectrum Field
- Monday, March 26th at Pittsburgh in Bradenton
- Tuesday, March 27th v. Pittsburgh at Spectrum Field
The Halladay Memorial Service
I attended the memorial service for Roy Halladay. I’m sure that you have read one or more of the many articles, posts, tweets that were published. I resisted the impulse to write a report on the service, but figured I could bury a few comments here. Tom McCarthy handled the emcee role as well as a professional would be expected. I was particularly impressed that he thought to leave the grand stand to escort Brandy Halladay to the podium. John Middleton is an excellent public speaker. So is J.P. Ricciardi. ALL speakers were visibly or audibly emotional during their speeches. Charley spoke faster than I can ever remember. His way, I believe, of getting through the ordeal. Chris Carpenter’s three anecdotal stories presented a human side of Roy that few knew about and kind of calmed the crowd. Until Roy’s father took the stand and returned the mood to solemn. He spoke of how it tool a village to raise the pitcher in his son, and that Roy had surpassed his ability to aid his son by the time he was eight years old. He gave credit to each of the coaches and teachers who helped Roy, deflecting credit for any of Roy’s accomplishments. So, that’s where Roy picked up that trait. And finally, Brandy Halladay rose to speak. She began by addressing the one running theme from previous speakers that “there were no words” to describe their feelings regarding Roy’s loss. She contradicted them with, “I have 12-13 pages of words!”. She tried follow her script, but drifted into tangential stories and apologized for losing her spot a couple times. I wanted to scream, that’s okay, take as long as you want, as long as you need. It was an emotionally draining evening.
I didn’t print this to encourage more discussion on this tragedy, but rather to share my experience. I certainly do not want to see any discussion on the accident itself, the investigation, or any irresponsible reports by others. I will continue to delete anything that I deem inappropriate.
- November 20th – Deadline for roster expansion to 40 players prior to the Rule 5 draft.
- December 1, 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 14, 9:00 AM EST – 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
- March 29, 2018 – Phillies opening game in Atlanta
- April 5, 2018 – Phillies home opener v. Miami
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
Off Season Transactions (recently reported transactions in bold): (40-man stands at 38)
- 11/14 – Williamsport Crosscutters released CF Juan Luis
- 11/6 – RHP Jesen Therrien elected free agency
- 11/6 – CF Herlis Rodriguez elected free agency
- 11/6 – 1B Brock Stassi elected free agency
- 11/6 – C Nick Rickles elected free agency
- 11/6 – LHP Cesar Ramos elected free agency
- 11/6 – SHP Pat Venditte elected free agency
- 11/6 – RHP Michael Mariot elected free agency
- 11/6 – 3B Hector Gomez elected free agency
- 11/6 – SS Angelo Mora elected free agency
- 11/6 – LF Christian Marrero elected free agency
- 11/6 – RHP Colton Murray elected free agency
- 11/6 – RHP Miguel Nunez elected free agency
- 11/6 – 1B Harold Martinez elected free agency
- 11/6 – C Chace Numata elected free agency
- 11/6 – 1B Wilson Garcia elected free agency
- 11/6 – RHP Jesen Therrien elected free agency
- 11/6 – CF Pedro Florimon elected free agency
- 11/6 – Phillies activated RHP Vince Velasquez from the 60-day disabled list
- 11/6 – Phillies activated RHP Jerad Eickhoff from the 60-day disabled list
- 11/6 – Phillies activated RHP Zach Eflin from the 60-day disabled list
- 11/6 – Phillies sent RHP Jesen Therrien outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 11/6 – Phillies sent CF Pedro Florimon outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 11/2 – RF Hyun Soo Kim elected free agency
- 11/2 – LF Daniel Nava elected free agency
- 11/2 – 3B Andres Blanco elected free agency
- 11/2 – RHP Clay Buchholz elected free agency
- 11/2 – Phillies activated RHP Jesen Therrien from the 60-day disabled list
- 11/2 – Phillies activated CF Pedro Florimon from the 60-day disabled list
- 10/30-11/6 – Logan Moore re-signed with the Phillies
- 9/30-10/13 – Ranfi Casimiro re-signed with the Phillies
- 10/13 – Pedro Beato elected free agency
- 10/5 – Kevin Segrist elected free agency
- 10/5 – Ty Kelly elected free agency
- 10/4 – Philadelphia Phillies sent LHP Kevin Siegrist outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 10/4 – Philadelphia Phillies sent 2B Ty Kelly outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 9/16-29 – Mitch Walding re-signed with the Phillies
- The organization’s rosters are up to date.
- The organization’s injury list retains the injuries at the end of the 2017 season. All are expected to be okay by the start of spring training except Jesen Therrien. He is expected to miss the entire 2018 season.
- The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list is as accurate as I can make it.
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