Finally, a little activity. The Phillies signed a free agent reliever, Archie Bradley. They opened the 2020 international signing period on Friday by signing thirteen free agents from Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. They reached an agreement on salaries with Rhys Hoskins, Vince Velasquez, and Jose Alvarado and avoided arbitration. And, a rumor leaked that they made a serious offer to JT Realmuto.
The Phillies added right-handed reliever Bradley to their bullpen mix at one year, $6 million. They avoided arbitration by agreeing with their three final unsigned players – Hoskins for $4.8 million, Velasquez for $4 million, and Alvarado for $1 million.
This additional salary expense brings the Phillies’ running payroll to $137,015,962. This includes fifteen players under contract plus an estimate for eleven players under team control with 0-3 years experience ($7.7M).
The Phillies’ salary against the competitive balance tax is $148,278,782 and includes estimates for the rest of the 40-man roster ($2.25M) and player benefits ($15.5M). With a CBT threshold of $210M, the Phillies are around $61,721,218 under the tax threshold. (see spreadsheet)
In any non-COVID year, $60 million would go a long way to filling the Phillies’ roster holes. They could even re-sign JT and Didi and have enough left over to pick up a reliever (like a Shane Greene?) and a back-end starter (Anibal Sanchez?). This would still leave them under the CBT by maybe as much as $10M. But it would raise payroll to around $187M, quite a bit over the $170M limit we heard before Dave D was hired.
If the above happens (or something similar), I would hope they would NOT trade for Benintendi. I’d rather see internal options in center. Trades though are inevitable. After signing Bradley, the Phillies will have to DFA a player, Each free agent signing will require another DFA for each. Trades are one way to open roster slots and get value in return without risking losing a player through the waiver process.
With the new minor league affiliations reduced to a certain number of teams, organizations will be limited to how many players they can have on their rosters. They will be allowed 190 during the offseason and 180 when the season starts. At some point, players will have to be released. Players on the Dominican Summer League teams do NOT count against these limits. So, don’t be surprised if fewer international prospects are brought stateside and at a slower rate than in past seasons.
In theory, if no allowances are made to another COVID-affected season, when the Phillies go north, up to ten players could be released before they even report to spring training. That’s because Double-A and Single-A will not start spring training until after the major league season starts.
One key casualty to another Covid-affected season might be the GCL. As organizations decide to not play formalized schedules, the GCL is likely to not exist this season. The summer might become one extended spring training.
Could be another baseball-less summer for me. The Complex will almost surely be in a bubble and the late-starting Threshers will be out-of-bounds for me if I can’t get my vaccine. I might risk it myself, but Tracy is on chemo and has low antibodies. Attending baseball games might be an activity that I won’t be able to enjoy.
This brings me to a personal request. Tracy and I were very thankful for all your thoughts and prayers during her cancer scare. She believes that everyone’s prayers and thoughts helped her through it. Recently, during what was supposed to be her last visit to her last specialist, the doctor found something. Might just be scar tissue, but the doctor wants a mammogram to be sure. Well, this being Florida where the governor thinks there is no COVID problem, but testing facilities have been closed for about 6 weeks, Tracy can’t get in for a mammogram until mid-February. Tracy very much believes your thoughts and prayers helped her before and we ask that if you are so inclined, please keep her in mind again. Thank you.
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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 14, 2021 – Report date for major league ST
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 17th … 338 players in the org
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign IFA OF Yemal Flores
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign IFA SS Yemil Rosario
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign IFA RHP Daniel Mejia
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign IFA OF Raylin Heredia
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign IFA SS Julio Hereaux
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign IFA C Rickardo Perez
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign IFA SS Marco Soto.
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign IFA SS Leonardo Rondon
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign IFA C Dervin Andrade
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign IFA RHP Juan Melendez
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign IFA C/OF Solardo Rodriguez
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign IFA SS Deivi Cabrera
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign IFA RHP Joset Aparacio
1/15/2021 – Phillies sign FA RHP Archie Bradley
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
12/31/2020 – RHP Aneurys Zabala assigned to Clearwater
12/31/2020 – Phillies signed FA RHP Aneurys Zabala to an MiLB contract
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
12/14/2020 – Cubs signed FA RHP Trevor Kelley to a minor league contract
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 LHV
12/07/2020 – Phillies claimed RHP Ian Hamilton off waivers from Seattle