I hope you all enjoyed your holiday. May we all have a happy and healthy new year.
All was quiet on the baseball front. No trades or free agent signings. Not even a waiver claim.
There was some action in the front office. Dave Dombrowski named Sam Fuld as his General Manager. He also promoted Jorge Velandia to Assistant General Manager and Terry Ryan to Special Assistant to the General Manager.
Fuld had been Integrative Baseball Performance Director. Velandia , Special Assistant to the General Manager. Ryan, a special assignment scout.
For those wondering who is doing what, here are some thumbnails –
- Dombrowski, PoBO – sole responsibility for ALL baseball operations, the decision maker for ALL transactions
- Fuld, GM – ASSIST PoBO with the day-to-day operations of the Major League team, as well as player development and player acquisitions
- Velandia, AGM – ASSIST with all facets of Baseball Operations, with primary focus on the Major League team, player development, and all of the scouting departments
- Ryan, SA to the GM – evaluate the minor league system, provide professional and special assignment scouting, and offer input re:player acquisitions
These assignments came as a surprise. There was no indication that Dombrowski was even considering making these moves. No leaks, no media rumors. And yet, they occurred. So, let me reiterate –
Don’t let the inactivity bother you and don’t let the rumors upset you.
(FWIW. The guys in which I’ve heard the Phillies have interest are all STILL on the board.)
Regarding the Salisbury trade rumor, I can say this. The Phillies were hot for a closer at the deadline last season. When I heard about the discussion, we had five names on the table. I’m not going to mention the names since the trade didn’t happen and I don’t know the conditions (like, was it 5 for 1, pick 4 for 1, 5 for 2, …). However, the Phillies are still hot for the closer. Those are probably the trade talks Salisbury referenced. That might also explain some of the Rule 5 protections since you wouldn’t want to lose a player via the Rule 5 draft who might be part of a trade.
So, I guess. the lesson (?) here is, don’t sweat the free agent closers. It looks like obtaining one via trade is the Phillies’ plan. BTW, I don’t think you guys would have been upset if all 5 names I heard were included in the trade. Even if it happened tomorrow. Although, I would.
Regarding Freddie Galvis, and this is just my opinion, I agree that his glove doesn’t make up for the loss of Gregorious’ bat. It also doesn’t make up for Galvis’ bat. I do not wish to endure the countless bad at bats he has.
Regarding Phillies’ players and their availability for trades, there is one and only one untouchable player in the organization – Mick Abel. He hasn’t played in over a year and the Phillies don’t know his value yet. Their expectation is that he becomes a top of rotation guy. At his point in his career, no team will compensate as such. The Phillies will not risk selling low, and no team will overpay.
So, any made up trades should avoid including Abel. Any rumors that include him can be ignored.
Which brings us to the rumor mill. I do NOT want to see every Realmuto rumor in the comments section. You know who you are. After I debunked the last rumor, you linked a story (written by a college student) that used Heyman’s tweet as his source. I’m not going to live through another off season you of dredging up every rumor for discussion. I’ll just block you until opening day if I have to.
Don’t like the Fuld promotion? Fine. State it once and move on. Don’t keep repeating it until you get a reaction. You want to fight, take it to another site or call WIP.
Reminder, we don’t substitute fail for phail.
And, please be careful with your abbreviations for Dombrowski. I typed Dombro and auto correct changed it to Dumbo. When you start hating him, that will not do.
Now that the holidays are almost over, we should brace for a round of releases as early as next month. With a limit of 180 players (190 during the off season) in the minor league system, some players will have to be let go. The 14 minor leaguers on the 40-man roster don’t count until the season starts. So, there will be another round of releases before the start of the season.
So see, there are worse things than not knowing when the Phillies are going to sign a free agent or trade for a player.
Winter League Baseball
A lot of work for this. I don’t know if I’m going to keep it up. Puerto Rico and Australia are particularly difficult to find stats. And some players have reached their innings limits or fulfilled their contracts – Rosso, Hall, Listi.
Happy New Year! I’ll restart the Amateur Draft discussions next year.
This is the Phuture Phillies Open Discussion for Phillies and other baseball topics.
- 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 December 27th … 318 players in the org
- organization’s rosters (12/27)
- organization’s injury list (12/27), as current as possible, MLB closed Updates
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility (12/27) (includes player info, assignments, …)
Transactions (newest transactions are in bold print)
Reports have surfaced that the Phillies have signed INF Ronald Torreyes, C Christian Bethancourt, and RHP Neftali Feliz to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. They’ll be added to the Transactions List when the transactions actually appear somewhere.
12/10/2020 – Phillies claimed SS Kyle Holder off waivers from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
12/10/2020 – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre claimed RHP Reggie McClain off waivers from Lehigh Valley
12/07/2020 – Phillies claimed RHP Ian Hamilton off waivers from Seattle
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