The Phillies signed free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta.
Minor League camp prepares for the start of the Grapefruit League games this Tuesday.
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Organizational News and Changes
The Phillies have signed 31 pre-arbitration players to 2018 contracts. Rhys Hoskins was renewed.
The Phillies signed 17-year old, Mexican, RHP Manuel Urias to a free agent contract.
Phillies have reassigned INF Heiker Meneses and C/1B Nick Rickles to minor league camp. 49 players remain in major league camp – 33 are on the 40-man roster and 16 NRIs.
The Phillies signed Jake Arrieta to a 3-year/$75M contract. The money is front-loaded – $30M in year one, $25M, in year two, and $20M in year three. Arrieta can opt out after the second year, but the Phillies can void the opt-out and pick up an extension for years four and five at a base salary of $20M per year plus with incentives that could net Arrieta up to an additional $5M per year (on games started in years one and two) and an additional $5M each year (based on his finishes in Cy Young voting).
Early reaction on the trade is mixed.
So, the Phillies have finally made the free agent signing that a lot of you were calling for. It is a move that another large group of you demanded or you would have declared the MacPhail/Klentak regime a failure. Well, you should be happy for a while. Now, let’s try and reign in all the negativity until we’re a couple weeks into the season.
The Phillies spring training schedule is available here.
The Phillies’ minor league spring training schedule this Tuesday and is available here.
I have a copy of the XST game schedule. It starts on Monady, April 9th. I’ll post a copy when I transcribe it from the color coded master I have.
Free Agent Talk
The signings of Arrieta and Lynn leave Cobb on the board. We’ll see if the speculation that the Phillies were interested in two of the three free agent pitchers was warranted.
- 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)
- 3/7/18 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Manuel Urias to a minor league contract
- 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.