Sunday evening, several hours after the submission deadline, the Phillies published their 60-man player pool. It includes 53 active players. Seven slots remain vacant.
If you think like I think, this list did not come as a surprise. The Phillies are a team that expects to compete for a division title. Their player pool reflects that with a number of older, experienced players filling out their pool. The only surprise is that there are only three catchers in the pool. But that may change.
The list includes (40-man roster players in bold):
- 23 RHP – Víctor Arano, Jake Arrieta, Connor Brogdon, Enyel De Los Santos, Zach Eflin, Édgar García, Deolis Guerra, Spencer Howard, Tommy Hunter, Trevor Kelley, Mauricio Llovera, Reggie McClain, Héctor Neris, Aaron Nola, Bud Norris, Blake Parker, Nick Pivetta, Ramón Rosso, Addison Russ, Connor Seabold, Robert Stock, Vince Velasquez, Zack Wheeler
- 8 LHP – José Alvarez, Garrett Cleavinger, Cole Irvin, Damon Jones, Francisco Liriano, Adam Morgan, JoJo Romero, Ranger Suárez
- 3 Catchers – Deivy Grullón, Andrew Knapp, J.T. Realmuto
- 10 INF – Alec Bohm, Logan Forsythe, Phil Gosselin, Didi Gregorius, Josh Harrison, Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery, Jean Segura, Ronald Torreyes, Neil Walker
- 9 OF – Jay Bruce, Kyle Garlick, Bryce Harper, Adam Haseley, Mikie Mahtook, Nick Martini, Andrew McCutchen, Roman Quinn, Nick Williams
Thirty-five of the players on the 40-man roster (which presently stands at 39) are included in the player pool. LHPs Austin Davis and Christopher Sanchez, RHP Adonis Medina, and SS Arquimedes Gamboa were not placed in the pool.
NRIs RHP Drew Storen and OF Matt Szczur were released earlier on Sunday. Storen might have had some value, but Szczur was injured all through the truncated spring.
Players who may be added to the pool at a later date might include – Davis, Jeff Singer, Anthony Swarzak, Christian Bethancourt, Darick Hall, Luke Williams, Austin Listi, Nick Maton.
The Phillies’ post-season aspirations and the short-season rules may have affected who was selected for the player pool. NRIs who signed minor league contracts with opt-out dates had to be accommodated. Once a player exercised his opt-out, he could not be signed and placed back in the player pool. The Giants released/resigned 4 players Sunday including Pablo Sandoval to circumvent their opt outs.
Other rules probably dissuaded the Phillies from adding prospects who weren’t expected to contribute this season.
Let’s have a quick look at some of those rules.
- 60-Player Pool – These are the players who can be in Summer Camp (ST2) and, when the season starts, play in ball games. Teams can have up to 60 players in their pool. This pool does not have to include players on the 40-man roster.
- Active Roster – These are the players who can participate in a game. When the season starts, there will be a 30-Man Active Roster (max, 25 minimum). After two weeks, it becomes a 28-Man Active Roster, and two weeks later it becomes a 26-Man Active Roster (27th player available for a doubleheader). Players on the Active Roster MUST be on both the 60- and 40-Man Rosters.
- Once a player is removed from a team’s Player Pool, he cannot be added again.
- A team removing a player from the Player Pool for a reason other than injury, suspension, or some other temporary protected removal (bereavement, paternity, TIL, FML, …) risks losing the player to waivers.
- 3-Man Taxi Squad – This is a travel squad only. It must include a catcher. No official status. Won’t necessarily be made public. (Note: when the road trip is ended, the taxi squad players return to the Alternate Training Site. The catcher can stay with the parent team as a bullpen catcher. Taxi Squad players don’t get MLB salary or accrue service time. They receive their MiLB salary AND the MLB daily food allowance of $108.50.)
- Movement of players on the Active Roster is the same as during any other season. A player who has options who is sent back to the Pool is unavailable to be called back up as stipulated in the rules (ten days, I think). A player out of options must be designated for assignment and clear waivers. If eligible, a player can become a free agent. Just like always.
- Only players in the 60-Man Player Pool may be traded. A player acquired via trade must go onto the acquiring team’s 60-Man Player Pool.
- After Opening Day, the players not on the 30-Man Roster will continue practicing at the team’s Alternate Training Site (ATS).
- 40-Man Roster players NOT selected from the Player Pool will be paid their MLB salary.
I think the above rules give a clue why the Phillies haven’t gone heavy with young prospects in their Player Pool. Injuries or sickness (COVID) might require them to play young guys not deemed ready for the majors or risk losing them if they tried to move them out of the Pool.
I would expect more catchers to be added, though. As the Active Roster stands today, they would not have a catcher at the ATS when the team goes on the road.
I’ve added some Key Dates below. The Transaction links are up to date. The Transaction Log is current.
And, this is what three-plus months of no baseball at the Complex does to a person.
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- June 10-11, 2020 – Amateur Draft
- June 14, 2020 – Teams can begin to sign non-drafted players
- June 26, 2020 – MLB Transaction freeze ends, noon ET
- June 28, 2020 – Deadline for submission of Club Player Pool to MLB, 4:00 PM ET (60-man roster)
- July 1, 2020 – Training camp reporting date
- July 23-24, 2020: Opening Day
- August 1, 2020 – Signing period for 2020 draft picks closes
- August 31, 2020 – Trade Deadline
- September 15, 2020 – Deadline for players to be added to Major League roster for postseason eligibility
- September 28-October 1, 2020 – Minor League Baseball Innovators Summit, Winston-Salem, NC
- September 30, 2020 – Expiration of the Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and MiLB
- October 15, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT – Close of the 2019 international signing period
- October TBA – Trading resumes, day after the World Series ends
- October – November TBA, five days after the conclusion of the World Series – Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents
- November TBA, fifteen days after the conclusion of the World Series – Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers
- November TBA – GM Meetings (Nov. 11-14, Scottsdale, AZ in 2019)
- November TBA – Owners meetings (Nov. 19-21, Arlington, TX in 2019)
- November 20, 2020 – Rosters set for Rule 5 Draft
- November TBA – MLBPA executive board meeting (Nov. 26-29 in Irving, TX in 2018)
- December 2, 2019 – Last day for teams to offer 2021 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters
- December 6-10, 2020 – Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas, at the Omni Dallas Hotel and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, held in conjunction with the Baseball Trade Show and PBEO Job Fair.
- December 10, 2020 – Rule 5 Draft
- January TBA – Rookie Career Development Program
- January 15, 2021, 9:00 AM EST – Start of the 2020 international signing period
The rosters and lists are up to date as of June 28th … 355 players in the org
- 6/28/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Connor Seabold to spring training
- 6/28/2020 – Phillies placed RHP Seranthony Dominguez on the 60-day injured list. Right elbow sprain
- 6/28/2020 – Phillies released OF Matt Szczur
- 6/28/2020 – Phillies released RHP Drew Storen
- 6/27/2020 – GCL East released RHP Jason Lott (5/29/20)
- 6/25/2020 – Phillies signed SS Casey Martin
- 6/25/2020 – OF Baron Radcliff assigned to Williamsport
- 6/25/2020 – RHP Carson Ragsdale assigned to Williamsport
- 6/24/2020 – Phillies signed RHP Mick Abel
- 6/24/2020 – RHP Mick Abel assigned to GCL East
- 6/19/2020 – Phillies signed FA RHP Buddy Hayward to an MiLB contract
- 6/19/2020 – RHP Buddy Hayward assigned to GCL West
- 6/19/2020 – Phillies signed RHP Carson Ragsdale
- 6/18/2020 – Phillies signed OF Baron Radcliff
- 6/18/2020 – Phillies signed FA RHP Blake Brown to an MiLB contract
- 6/18/2020 – RHP Blake Brown assigned to Clearwater
- 6/17/2020 – RHP Chase Antle assigned to GCL West
- 6/17/2020 – LHP Jake McKenna assigned to GCL West
- 6/17/2020 – RHP Jonathan Hughes assigned to GCL West
- 6/17/2020 – LHP J.P. Woodward assigned to GCL West
- 6/17/2020 – RHP Billy Sullivan assigned to GCL West
- 6/17/2020 – RHP Noah Skirrow assigned to GCL West
- 6/17/2020 – RHP Sam Jacobsak assigned to Clearwater
- 6/17/2020 – LHP Jordan Fowler assigned to Clearwater
- 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA LHP J.P. Woodward to an MiLB contract
- 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Billy Sullivan to an MiLB contract
- 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA LHP Jake McKenna to an MiLB contract
- 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Chase Antle to an MiLB contract
- 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Noah Skirrow to an MiLB contract
- 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Jonathan Hughes to an MiLB contract
- 6/14/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA LHP Jordan Fowler to an MiLB contract
- 6/14/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Sam Jacobsak to an MiLB contract