Terrible week. Seven games in six days. Five losses sandwiched by two wins. And their most effective relief pitcher went on the Injured List after taking a line drive to the groin and suffering a testicular contusion.
The Phillies made a couple trades aimed at bolstering their “worst-in-baseball” bullpen. They added David Hale from the Yankees for Addison Russ. In the “bigger deal”, they procured Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Red Sox for Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold. They also received $815K plus a player to be named later (PTBNL).
Workman was pressed into service the day he arrived and blew a save and took the loss Saturday night. He earned a save Sunday when he only blew half the lead he inherited. I guess these deals make the bullpen stronger. I still faces there that I would rather see replaced with younger faces. But, we’ll see.
The Phillies are 10-14 .417 in fifth place, 4.0 games behind the Braves. They hold 4 games in hand on the Braves.
The Phillies have the second worst record in the National League. However, they are only 1.0 game back in the wild card race. If the bullpen shows some sort of improvement over the remaining games, a post season berth is not out of the question. With winning percentage determining playoff position, we should consider them 1.5 games back since they have a losing record.
If the season ended Sunday, the Giants would be the seventh seed.
The Phillies have an off day Monday. Then, continue on the road with three games at Washington. They return home for a three game weekend series with Atlanta. Six very important games. (They follow that with four games each against the Nationals and Mets.)
David Hale was the third round selection of the Atlanta Braves in 2009 out of Princeton University. He is in his age 32 season and was a “super two”. He has 3 more seasons of arbitration before reaching free agency after the 2023 season. His 2020 salary is $800K (adjusted to $296,296).
Hale reached the majors in 2013. From 2013 thru 2019 with Atlanta, Colorado, Minnesota, and the Yankees, he had a 13-10 record in 90 games (20 starts), 4.27 ERA, and 2 saves in 230.0 IP with a 1.426 WHIP, 9.9 H9, 2.9 BB9, and 5.9 K9. He’s no stranger to the transaction wire having bounced back an forth between the majors and AAA often. He had a lumbar strain in 2019 and a calf injury that hampered him in 2016 when he was in the Orioles system.
Brandon Workman was the second round selection of the Boston Red Sox in 2010 out of the University of Texas (Austin). Ironically, he was selected by the Phillies in the third round in 2007. He is in his age 31 season. He is on a one-year, $3.5M contract (adjusted to $1,296,3296). He is a free agent after this season.
He also reached the majors in 2013. From 2013 thru 2019 with Boston, he had a 24-16 record in 188 games (18 starts), 3.74 ERA, and 16 saves in 281.10 IP with a 1.262 WHIP, 7.4 H9, 3.9 BB9, and 9.4 K9. He’s also no stranger to the transaction wire. He was placed on the DL in April of 2015 with right elbow strain, and later diagnosed with a partially torn right elbow ligament in June 2015 and eventually had TJ surgery. He began rehab assignments in July 2016. He bounced back-and-forth between the Sox and AAA thru August 2018. He was injury-free in 2019 and remained on the Sox active roster all season.
Heath Hembree was the fifth round selection of the San Francisco Giants in 2010 out of the College of Charleston. He has one more arbitration year remaining. He becomes a free agent after the 2021 season. He is on a one-year, $1.6125M contract (adjusted to $597,222).
He also reached the majors in 2013. He was traded to Boston in 2014 as part of the deal for Jake Peavy. From 2013 thru 2019, he had a 13-5 record in 249 games with a 3.52 ERA and 2 saves in 255.2 innings with a 1.353 WHIP, 8.8 H9, 3.4 BB9, and 9.6 K9. He bounced between the Sox and AAA until playing full seasons in the majors in 2017 and 2018. He missed some time in 2019 with 2 stints on the IL with a right elbow extensor strain and right lateral elbow inflammation. His only other trip to the DL occurred in 2015 with right shoulder inflammation.
All three new acquisitions are out of options.
In order to get these guys, we gave up Nick Pivetta, which no one seems to lament, and two young pitchers Addison Russ and Connor Seabold.
Addison Russ had bullpen potential. He was drafted by the Phillies in the 19th round of the 2017 draft. He had a mid-90s fastball and a slider. He had nice numbers as he progressed thru the organization.
- ’17, WPT- 0-0, 8.10 ERA, 0 SV in 2 G, 3.1 IP with 1.800 WHIP, 13.5 H9, 2.7 BB9, 10.8 K9
- ’17, LAK- 1-2, 3.49 ERA, 1 SV in 15 G, 28.1 IP with 1.200 WHIP, 8.3 H9, 2.5 BB9, 11.4 K9
- ’18, LAK- 5-2, 1.67 ERA, 13 SV in 25 G, 32.1 IP with 0.711 WHIP, 5.3 H9, 1.1 BB9, 10.3 K9
- ’18, CLR- 4-0, 1.69 ERA, 14 SV in 29 G, 32.0 IP with 1.125 WHIP, 7.0 H9, 3.1 BB9, 11.8 K9
- ’19, REA- 5-6, 2.54 ERA, 22 SV in 55 G, 56.2 IP with 1.182 WHIP, 7.5 H9, 3.2 BB9, 12.9 K9
Connor Seabold had back of the rotation potential. He was drafted by the Phillies in the third round of the 2017 draft. He had a low 90s fastball with a change up and curve ball.
- ’17, WPT – 2-0, 0.90 ERA in 5 G, 10.0 IP with 0.700 WHIP, 4.5 H9, 1.8 BB9, 11.7 K9
- ’18, CLR – 4-4, 3.77 ERA in 12 G, 71.2 IP with 0.991 WHIP, 7,2 H9, 1.8 BB9, 8.5 K9
- ’18, REA – 1-4, 4.91 ERA in 11 G, 58.2 IP with 1.261 WHIP, 8.4 H9, 2.9 BB9, 9.8 K9
- ’19, GCL – 0-1 in 2 G, 7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 12 K
- ’19, CLR – 1-0, 1.00 ERA in 2 G, 9.0 IP with 4 H, 1 BB, 10 K
- ’19, REA – 3-1, 2.25 ERA in 7 G, 40.0 IP with 1.125 WHIP, 7.9 H9, 2.3 BB9, 8.1 K9
- ’19, AZFL – 1-0, 1.06 ERA in 4 G, 17.0 IP with 0.588 WHIP, 3.7 H9, 1.6 BB9, 11.6 K9
I would have liked to have seen both these guys get a shot. Russ’ big arm might have looked good in the bullpen. Seabold really impressed against top prospects in the Arizona Fall league. I would have liked to see him contend for the 4 or 5 spot in the rotation.
One consideration could have been Rule 5 protection. Russ and Seabold are eligible for the draft this winter. Pivetta and Edgar Garcia who was traded earlier both would have required Rule 5 protection. The Phillies have 38-39 players who will Rule 5 eligible for the first time.
Interesting first timers include – Adam Haseley and Connor Brogdon (if not on the 40), Damon Jones, Austin Listi, Nick Maton, Mickey Moniak, Kyle Dohy, Jake Hernandez, David Parkinson, Josh Stephen (all Reading), Andrew Brown, Francisco Morales, Zach Warren, Kyle Young, Simon Muzziotti, Kevin Gowdy, Jhordany Mezquita, Juan Aparicio, Cole Stobbe (all Clearwater).
The PTBNL may have already been agreed upon. They may have pushed back the announcement until the end of the season. Any player traded this season has to be placed on the 60-man player pool. Delaying the announcement allows flexibility with all those empty slots in Allentown.
I shared an article on Twitter by KRAM 207. In it he provides information from the Alternate Training Site. He also live tweets during “games” when he can.
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- 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 August 22nd … 346 players in the org
8/22/2020 – Phillies optioned Cole Irvin to Alternate Training Site
8/22/2020 – Phillies designated RHP Deolis Guerra for assignment
8/22/2020 – Phillies placed RF Jay Bruce on the 10-day IL
8/22/2020 – Phillies activated CF Adam Haseley from the 10-day IL
8/22/2020 – Phillies optioned Connor Brogdon to Alternate Training Site
8/21/2020 – Red Sox traded RHPs Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree, $815K, and a PTBNL to Phillies for RHPs Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold
8/21/2020 – Phillies recalled LHP JoJo Romero from Alternate Training Site
8/21/2020 – Phillies optioned LHP JoJo Romero to Alternate Training Site
8/21/2020 – Phillies designated LHP Austin Davis for assignment
8/21/2020 – Phillies placed LHP Jose Alvarez on the 10-day IL, testicular contusion
8/21/2020 – Yankees traded RHP David Hale to Phillies for RHP Addison Russ
8/20/2020 – Phillies recalled LHP JoJo Romero from Alternate Training Site
8/20/2020 – Phillies optioned RHP Ramon Rosso to Alternate Training Site
8/20/2020 – Phillies optioned RF Kyle Garlick to Alternate Training Site
8/20/2020 – Phillies activated RHP Reggie McClain from the 10-day IL
8/20/2020 – Phillies recalled LHP Cole Irvin from Alternate Training Site
8/18/2020 – Phillies traded RHP Edgar Garcia to Tampa Bay Rays for PTBNL
8/18/2020 – Phillies activated CF Roman Quinn from the 10-day IL
8/17/2020 – Phillies optioned LHP JoJo Romero to Alternate Training Site
8/16/2020 – Phillies recalled RF Kyle Garlick from Alternate Training Site
8/16/2020 – Phillies placed CF Roman Quinn on the 10-day IL
8/15/2020 – Cincinnati claimed LF Nick Williams off waivers from Phillies
8/14/2020 – Phillies recalled LHP JoJo Romero from Alternate Training Site
8/14/2020 – Phillies sent RHP Enyel De Los Santos outright to Alternate Training Site
8/14/2020 – Phillies sent RHP Trevor Kelley outright to Alternate Training Site
8/14/2020 – Phillies optioned LHP Austin Davis to Alternate Training Site
8/13/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of 3B Alec Bohm from Alternate Training Site
8/13/2020 – Phillies designated RHP Edgar Garcia for assignment
8/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP JD Hammer to spring training
8/13/2020 – Phillies placed CF Adam Haseley on the 10-day IL retro to 8/12, wrist sprain
8/12/2020 – LHP Corey Phelan assigned to Williamsport
8/12/2020 – Phillies signed free agent LHP Corey Phelan to a minor league contract
8/11/2020 – Phillies optioned RHP Nick Pivetta to Alternate Training Site
8/11/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Connor Brogdon from Alt. Training Site
8/11/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Blake Parker from Alternate Training Site
8/11/2020 – Phillies designated LF Nick Williams for assignment
8/11/2020 – Phillies designated RHP Trevor Kelley for assignment