Wednesday is the last day that teams can offer 2021 contracts to unsigned players, either pre-arbitration or arbitration eligible on their 40-man rosters. A non-tender sends the player to free agency.
Speculation surrounds the Phillies’ Vince Velasquez, Seranthony Dominguez, and David Hale.
Last week former Marlins GM Mike Hill and Dodgers AGM Jeff Kingston surfaced as targets in the Phillies search for a GM. This week Dodgers Senior VP of Baseball Operations Josh Byrnes joined the discussion along with Cardinals GM Michael Girsch.
Other names mentioned were Cubs POBO Theo Epstein whom Meddleton reached out to and was turned down. Earlier, Rays Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations/GM Eric Neander declined to be interviewed (as I told you he would weeks ago).
The Phillies have attempted to reach out to others and have asked the targets and their teams to keep the contacts confidential. But, the names will out. All offices have leaks. The Phillies probably have about 50-60 right now. Which brings us to …
The Phillies have downsized their non-baseball workforce. I’ve seen local baseball writers and bloggers lament this action with descriptive words like “heart wrenching, awful, and other similar sentiments. I’ve seen comments that criticize the timing of the “announcement”. These are sentimental reactions, but also silly.
The Phillies kept more staff AND players on payroll during baseball’s reaction to the pandemic longer than a lot of teams. They have also upgraded and expanded their front office over the past, recent years with no loss of jobs. This is more of a business decision than the league’s dancing around whether to pay players for 40, 60, 75, 90, or 110 games.
Reactions to when the “announcement” went out on the day before Thanksgiving are ludicrous. It was an internal email, letting all employees know that the matter was closed and who the 80 co-workers were who were leaving. All are remaining until after the holidays if they choose.
This was NOT the first time the 80 people heard about it. They had all been offered buyout packages as early as September (and, I heard of a couple receiving them in August). Most accepted the buyout and were compensated. I heard of one lower level employee who had another job lined up and accepted a 5-figure buyout and took the other job.
If you have to feel sorry for anybody, feel sorry for the few who opted to not take the buyout and guessed wrong, the employees who remained but took pay cuts of 10-30%, or those who were reassigned to different position (some of those also taking pay cuts).
I may sound cold, but I endured four reorgs in my final 15 years of employment. I had enough seniority to survive, but had to take less prestigious jobs (in my mind) each time. And, I was never offered a buyout.
Blake Snell would be a nice addition to the Phillies rotation. He’s reported to be on the trading block. What would it take? Well, the Rays have immediate needs for a catcher (both of their major league catchers are free agents), a right fielder (they let him go), an opening in their rotation (Snell), everybody needs relievers, and a hole at first base (.200/.305/.371/.676, 7 HR).
So, how about a package with Rhys Hoskins as the centerpiece? Their offense in right field produced even less than first base (.195/.281/.414/.695, 12 HR). Maybe Roman Quinn or Adam Haseley are attractive additions (or Garlick?). They won’t take on Vince Velasquez’ salary along with Hoskins’. They will probably be able to fill their open rotation spot from within. Maybe sweeten the pot with one of our young, near major league ready pitching prospects like Medina, Romero, Rosso, Falter, Hammer, Parkinson, Singer, Warren, … . Or, maybe catcher Rodolfo Duran who was a level ahead of Rafael Marchan when he went down with a leg injury?
The problem with Hoskins is that he can only play one position. The Rays value flexibility. The only first string players who played one position all season were shortstop Willy Adames and center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. His production would be a welcome addition, especially with Randy Arozarena’s future now in question after he was detained and released in Mexico after an altercation that involved a former partner. She declined to press charges. Interested to see if he gets the Herrera treatment.
Winter League Baseball
I spent very little time rummaging through the winter league sites. Old information is in italics. New in bold regular text
Liga de Beisbol Dominicano
The Domnican Winter League started Sunday, November 15, 2020. Between weather and COVID-19, six of the league’s first eighteen games were postponed or suspended thru Saturday, three due to DOVID-19.
The league uses the placement of a runner on second base in extra innings, but not until the 12th inning.
Six Phillies’ prospects are on five of the teams. Only the Gigantes are without one of our guys. The six are –
- Ramon Rosso, Aguilas, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 G, 1 GS, 9.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 9 K, 0.20 WHIP.
- Jonathan Guzman, Leones, DNP (tough getting ABs behind Wander Franco)
- Enyel De Los Santos, Tigres, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K, 1.00 WHIP
- Adonis Medina, Tigres, DNP (active, no number assigned)
- Cristopher Sanchez, Toros, 0-0, 27.00 ERA, 1 G, 0.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3.00 WHIP
- Rodolfo Duran, Estrellas, DNP, blocked by Christian Bethancourt and Francisco Mejia
- Johan Quezada, Toros del Este
Odubel Herrera debuts Monday with Gigantes del Cibao.
With Wander Franco sidelined due to injury, Jonathan Guzman has become the Leones starting shortstop.
Ramon Rosso threw 4.0 shutout innings, 1 H, 1 BB 4 K for Aguilas.
RHP Johan Quezada has been added to the roster of Toros del Este.
Australian Baseball League
The ABL starts December 17, 2020 and runs through January 31, 2021. The playoff format has not been determined.
The Auckland Tuatara withdrew from and the Geelong-Korea will also sit out the 2020-21 season.
Due to preparations based on an earlier plan, Adelaide and Brisbane won’t start their seasons until January 5th. Adelaide and Brisbane will each host two-week long hubs at the start of their seasons. A lot of double headers are on their schedules as the teams will complete a 24-game season in 27 days. The other four teams will conclude their 24-game seasons over a 7-week period.
Phillies’ players on ABL teams include –
Adelaide Giants (nee Bite)
The three Giants’ players playing in the Phillies organization –
- RHP Kyle Glogoski,
- C Mitchell Edwards,
- 1B Rixon Wingrove –
will be joined by nine “import players” from the Phillies –
- LHP Jonathan Hennigan,
- RHP Tyler Burch,
- RHP Austin Ross,
- LHP Taylor Lehman,
- C Colby Fitch,
- INF Luke Williams,
- SS Kendall Simmons,
- SS Jamari Baylor,
- OF Cornelius Randolph.
The Giants head coach is Jersey Shore’s manager Chris Adamson who will be starting his 4th season as Adelaide’s manager.
Giants RHP Jason Lott and OF Jordan McArdle were both invited to Phillies’ spring training in 2020.
- LHP Josh Tols and C Chris Burke will be joined by “import player” RHP Luke Leftwich.
Sydney Blue Sox
- RHP Josh Gessner
- LHP Josh Hendrickson
Liga Mexicana del Pacifico
The Mexican League started on October 15, 2020. Things went well until 3 cancellations on November due to COVID-19. The league shutdown for ten days and a total of 40 games were cancelled due to COVID-19.
The league uses the placement of a runner on second base in extra innings, but not until the 12th inning. Double headers are seven innings.
The league restarted on November 17th.
Caneros de los Mochis
- Erubiel Armenta, 0-0, 1.54 ERA, 9 G, 5 Saves, 13.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HB, 6 BB, 7 K, 1.11 WHIP
- Darick Hall, 7 G, 25 AB, 9 H, 2B, 3 HR, 2 K, 2 BB, 1 HBP, .360/.467/.760/1.227
Hall was struck on the wrist in his first game on Friday and had to leave the game. He was back in the line up Sunday.
Aguilas de Mexicali
- Fernando Lozano, 3-0, 1.42 ERA, 8 G, 1 GS, 12.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HB, 4 BB, 4 K, 0.95 WHIP
Naranjeros de Hermosillo
- Efrain Morales, DNP
LHP Erubiel Armenta pitched 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. The ERA and WHIP listed above would have gone down.
Darick Hall had himself a week, collecting 7 hits in 12 PA in a 3-game stretch including 7 H, 3 HR, 2B, 10 RBI, 2 BB.
Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente
The Puerto Rican Baseball League has not set a start date. I located three players from the Phillies system on the same roster.
- C Kevin Escalante
- OF Jadiel Sanchez
- LHP Gabriel Cotto
Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional
The Venezuelan Winter League has not set a start date. The Trump administration issued a ban on American companies and individuals doing business with President Maduro’s socialist government back in 2019. MLB issued a statement preventing players with major or minor league contracts from playing in Venezuela. (Don’t see how that is enforceable for Venezuelan players.) Neither the presidential or MLB policy has been revoked. So, I don’t know of any organization players are on rosters.
Rosters were announced.
Aguilas de Zulia
- 2B Daniel Brito – 2 G, 7 AB, 2 H, 1 RBI
- OF Simon Muzziotti
Cardenales de Lara
- RHP Leonel Aponte –
In recent years, players from the organization have been on rosters in winter leagues in Nicaragua and Colombia. No word on the status of those leagues. I’m not going to spend a lot of time checking. They were difficult to follow when I was sure we had players down there.
Again, nobody offered any suggestions on conducting a Readers’ Top 30. If I do one, I’ll do it my way, without outside input.
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- 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 28, 2020 – Trading resumes, day after the World Series ends
- November 1, 2020 – Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents
- November 11, 2020 – 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 – Deadline to submit 40-man rosters before Rule 5 Draft
November TBA – MLBPA executive board meeting (Nov. 26-29 in Irving, TX in 2018)
- December 2, 2020 – Non-tender Deadline – Last day for teams to offer 2021 contracts to unsigned players (pre-arb and arb eligible) 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 – Deadline for teams and arb eligible players to submit salary figures to arbiter
- January 15, 2021, 9:00 AM EST – Start of the 2020 international signing period
- February 17, 2021 – Voluntary spring training reporting date for pitchers, catchers, and players recovering from injuries
- February 22, 2021 – Voluntary spring training reporting date for position players
- February 24, 2021 – Mandatory spring training reporting date
- February 27, 2021 – First spring training game v. Blue Jays
- April 1, 2021 – Opening Day for ALL 30 teams
- June 25, 2021 – Close of the 2020 international signing period
- July 11-13, 2021 – 2021 Amateur Draft
The rosters and lists are up to date as of November 29th … 318 players in the org
11/20/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of LHP Kyle Dohy from Lehigh Valley
11/20/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of LHP Damon Jones from Lehigh Valley
11/20/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of SS Nick Maton from Lehigh Valley
11/20/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Francisco Morales from Lehigh Valley
11/20/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of CF Simon Muzziotti from Lehigh Valley
11/20/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of LHP Bailey Falter from Lehigh Valley
11/19/2020 – C Abrahan Gutierrez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Lakewood
11/19/2020 – C Juan Aparicio assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Lakewood
11/19/2020 – LHP Kyle Dohy assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – LHP Jakob Hernandez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – 1B Austin Listi assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater
11/19/2020 – RF Jhailyn Ortiz assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater
11/19/2020 – LHP Manuel Silva assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater
11/19/2020 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Lakewood
11/19/2020 – 2B Daniel Brito assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – LHP Nick Fanti assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – SS Nick Maton assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – CF Simon Muzziotti assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater
11/19/2020 – LHP Zach Warren assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater
11/19/2020 – RHP Joel Cesar assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – LHP Damon Jones assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – LHP David Parkinson assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – C Edgar Cabral assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – C Rodolfo Duran assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater
11/19/2020 – SS Jonathan Guzman assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater