Congratulations to the Red Sox! Now we can start the hot stove league. With the end of the world series, a whole bunch of major leaguers can declare free agency. On Monday morning at 9:00 AM any player with 6 or more years of Major League service who has not executed a contract for next season shall become a free agent.
A five day “quiet period” begins, prohibiting teams other than the player’s former team from negotiating. The Phillies have four such free agents – Wilson Ramos, Asdrubel Cabrera, Aaron Loup, and Jose Bautista.
By the end of the week, 21 minor leaguers can become free agents – Dean Anna, Harold Arauz, Pedro Beato, Malquin Canelo, Ranfi Casimiro, Collin Cowgill, Ryan Goins, Zach Green, Gabriel Lino, Kevin Martir, Matt McBride, Heiker Meneses, Joey Meneses, Will Middlebrooks, Logan Moore, Danny Ortiz, Trevor Plouffe (who has already declared free agency), Nick Rickles, Alberto Tirado, Jiandido Tromp, and Jesmuel Valentin.
The Phillies completed their search for Joe Jordan’s replacement when they hired Josh Bonifay as their Director of Player Development. I’ll have to begin camping out at the Complex to meet him. I expect he’ll be down during one of the off-season clinics they hold during the off-season.
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