The Phillies continue to play games on their Grapefruit League schedule.
Minor League camp had its first full squad work out on Sunday.
Free agent talks maintain their recent ebb and flow.
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Organizational News and Changes
Apparently the Phillies slipped a few free agent signings past us, albeit at the minor league level.
The Phillies resigned catchers Gabriel Lino and Wilson Garcia. They also signed free agent pitchers Tim Berry and Patrick Frazier. I saw Garcia, Berry, and Frazier. A friend I share information with told me he saw Lino.
The Phillies are still playing musical chairs at several positions. It’s spring training, this is the time to do it. With a short bench, it’s probably a moral imperative (name that movie) that find out who won’t embarrass himself when playing out of position. Plus, utility roles require a player be able to play multiple positions. FWIW, assuming a 13-pitcher staff, my bench would be Alfaro/Knapp (whichever one wasn’t the starter), Altherr/Williams (ditto), Quinn, and Valentin. IMO, none of these guys needs to be held back to play everyday in Lehifg Valley. And I prefer our own guys over the AAAA guys signed over the winter. If they start the season with a 12-man staff due to open dates, I would lean toward Joseph for his bat or Florimon for his flexibility (if he’s 100%).
I still detect a troubling and common thread, reminiscent of previous seasons. But, it’s early. It’s spring training. I’ll wait another week or two to claim the sky is falling. Besides, I have the minor league guys to distract me from the big club. But how about Seranthony Dominguez! Kirsten Karbach nicknamed him “The Knight” when he pitched in Clearwater. If he continues to be effective out of the bullpen, we can modify that to “The Good Knight” since it would be “good night” for the batters he faced.
Lots of guys are having some good individual outings. Kingery continues to impress. Joseph keeps hitting. As are Alfaro, Crawford, and Qunn. Mark Leiter had a 5-strike out, 2-inning appearance. Jose Taveras followed up a shaky outing with a .2 inning relief appearance where he entered with the bases loaded and stranded all three runners. Now, if they can just string some wins together …
The Phillies spring training schedule is available here.
Free Agent Talk
Jon Morosi broke a story regarding the Phillies efforts to sign at least one free agent pitcher. I have heard or made up the following –
- Middleton has approved the attempt to acquire up to two FA pitchers.
- By this I mean that I think he was approached and presented a general plan that would net them pitchers like Arrieta at a specified cost and length and possibly Lynn (or Cobb) at a specified cost and length. Whatever was proposed without the specifics I added, that is what I believe Middleton might have approved – an okay to proceed without concern about the dollars. The other stuff is my speculation.
- Arrieta is the key. If he will modify what we perceive as his contract demands, a deal might be reached. If one is reached, they will attempt to sign a second FA pitcher. If a deal can’t be reached with Arrieta, the second pitcher isn’t as attractive since he isn’t enough of a difference maker.
- I think the second pitcher would receive a better offer if Arrieta signs. Say, a front-loaded 2-year contract with an opt out (25 + 17). If Arrieta doesn’t sign, then a lower AAV and no opt out.
- I don’t think the Phillies care about losing their third and fourth round picks if they can sign the pitchers they seek.
- If something doesn’t happen, it won’t be because the Phillies didn’t try. It will likely be that somebody has a higher belief in his value that what the market seems to dictate at this time.
- Okay, this is mostly all stuff I made up.
- 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 5, 2018 – Reading’s home opener v. Erie
- April 5, 2018 – Clearwater’s home opener v. Dunedin
- April 5, 2018 – Lakewood’s opening game at Kannapolis
- April 6, 2018 – Lehigh Valley’s opening game at Pawtucket
- April 12, 2018 -Lehigh Valley’s home opener v. Louisville
- April 12, 2018 – Lakewood’s home opener v. Delmarva
- April 17-18, 2018 – Twins v. Indians at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, PR
- June 4-6, 2018 – 2018 MLB Draft
- June 15, 2018 – Williamsport’s home opener v. State College
- 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 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada
Off Season Transactions (recently reported transactions in bold): (40-man stands at 40, unsubstantiated signings in italics)
- Tim Berry
- Patrick Frazier
- 2/19/18–Phillies signed free agent LHP Maikel Garrido to a minor league contract
- 2/19/18–Phillies signed free agent C Edward Barboza to a minor league contract
- 2/16/18–Phillies signed free agent Gabriel Lino to a minor league contract; assigned to Lehigh Valley
- 1/30/18–Phillies signed free agent Wilson Garcia to a minor league contract; assigned to Clearwater
- 1/9/18–Phillies signed free agent Juan Escorcia to a minor league contract; assigned to GCL Phillies West
- The organization’s rosters
- 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.
- The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list is as accurate as I can make it FOR 2018.
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.