Still quiet on the baseball front. One trade and one announcement highlight the week’s activity for Phillies’ fans. The 2020 international signing period begins this Friday, January 15, 2021, at 9:00 AM EST.
The Phillies traded 2020, 4th round pick Carson Ragsdale to San Francisco for right-handed reliever Sam Coonrod. He had TJ surgery in 2018 and returned to pitching in 2019 with a 3.58 ERA in 27.2 innings. He posted a 9.82 ERA in 2020 but had a 6-game stretch in late September where he was effective, posting 2 saves and a hold as well as 3 other scoreless appearances before allowing 5 ER in his last 2 appearances.
A lot will likely be made of the Phillies’ trading a young prospect. Don’t let Ragsdale’s draft position affect your assessment too much. He was the 116th player selected and was an under slot pick to allow the money needed to sign second-round pick, Casey Martin. He signed for $225K, more than $270K under slot. His contract was almost $100K lower than the lowest slot value of $324.1K for the 160th and final slot. By comparison, $225K was the slot assignment for the 180th pick in 2019, a sixth-round selection, ironically, Andrew Schultz of Tennessee who was selected by the Phillies.
The announcement dealt with the delayed start of the Double-A and Single-A spring training and regular seasons. I predicted this a couple of weeks ago. Don’t be surprised if there are further restrictions on ST as I also suggested.
I’m also not convinced that the MLB regular season is going to start on time. I know we’ve seen that ST and regular season are set to begin on time. But, don’t be surprised if the start of the season is pushed back. In an effort to play as many games as possible before live fans, MLB and the MLBPA could agree on 7-inning double headers, ghost runners, and larger rosters to accommodate a schedule that retains a 162-game schedule that runs into October. I’m not saying this is going to happen, just be prepared for the possibility of some sort of agreement between the parties that pays the players 100% of their salaries and maxes out the number of games played in front of people.
I was distracted by last week’s events and forgot to post the Amateur Draft discussion. I’ll try not to forget this week.
Since we have no Phillies’ news to focus on, you can continue to vent frustration in the Comments section. I ask only that you do not resort to personal attacks on each other.
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I hope law enforcement is out in force and does a better job at the inauguration.
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- January 15, 2021 – Deadline for teams and arb eligible players to submit salary figures to an 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
- April 2021 – ST for Double-A and Single-A begins
- May 2021 – Opening day for Double-A and Single-A
- 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 January 3rd … 322 players in the org
1/09/2021 – Phillies traded RHP Carson Ragsdale to Giants for RHP Sam Coonrod
1/04/2021 – Phillies sign FA C Christian Bethancourt to an MiLB contract with invite to ST
1/04/2021 – Phillies sign FA RHP Neftali Feliz to an MiLB contract with invite to ST
1/04/2021 – Phillies sign FA INF Ronald Torreyes to an MiLB contract with invite to ST
1/04/2021 – Phillies sign FA RHP Michael Ynoa to an MiLB contract with invite to ST
12/29/2020 – Rays traded LHP Jose Alvarado to Phillies; Dodgers traded PTBNL and 1B Dillon Paulson to Rays; Phillies traded LHP Garrett Cleavinger to Dodgers
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