Only two changes to the Payroll and AAV balances this week. I’ll keep updating until opening day or the 26-man roster is set.
The Phillies signed Chase Anderson raising their running payroll to $175,215,962. This includes nineteen players under contract plus an estimate for seven players under team control with 0-3 years experience ($4.9M).
The Phillies’ salary against the competitive balance tax is $189,578,782 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 $20,421,218 under the tax threshold. (see spreadsheet)
The February 1st deadline for chosen affiliates to accept the PDLs has been delayed 7-10 days at the affiliates’ request.
February 1st was also the deadline for the announcement of spring training stuff. Of course, there was no public announcement, but I’ve heard enough to speculate what’s likely to happen (assuming everything starts as already planned).
The organization probably has to conduct spring training in three phases – MLB/AAA, AA/A+/A, and extended. Limit of 75 players during phase one including rehabbers. Phase one will go north and be replaced by phase two. Phase one will include either the Phillies and IronPigs or the Phillies and an Alternate Training Site. After a month or so, phase two will disperse to begin their regular seasons and, if phase one included an Alt Site, it will begin their regular season. The number of ST games could be decreased to accommodate the medical tests and quarantining that will surely be part of ST’s startup (so, maybe 14 home games instead of 17). Extended could last all summer. The GCL was in danger of being canceled for one year. If some sort of season is put together the games could be played within the regional divisions that were always part of the league set up. There are three clusters of teams, I think -those north of the bay, those south of the bay, and those in South Florida. Bus travel will be kept to a minimum. If there’s no formal league, teams could independently schedule games against the teams in their region. The past three years, Kapler and Girardi brought a lot of players over from minor league camp to take part in the games. Without minor league camp running at the same time, the Phillies will have a shortage of position players available. Maybe ST games are shortened to 8 or 7 innings. Maybe they roll innings. That won’t be a problem unless there are fans in attendance. If there are fans, I expect them to be limited to around 2500. Expect lines. Especially at concessions and the store. I don’t have any feeling yet if they are going to take the temperatures of fans at the gate. There will be spacing in lines and in the stands. I would expect broadcast coverage to be handled as it was during the 2020 regular season. I expect most baseball writers to stay home. They will have the same level of access as they had last season – zoom conferences. I don’t expect their bosses to pay for them to come down and watch games that they can watch from home. I expect the Complex to be closed until maybe June. I expect to attend Threshers games after I get my shots, not before.
FWIW, I think the Phillies are close to done on the free agent market. Accept its existence or not, I think they are very close to the payroll limit that Middleton set (and probably reset when he hired Dave Dombrowski). The number is a little higher than I thought last week, and I think the Phillies are within $10M of that figure. That doesn’t mean they will spend up to that figure now. They will likely leave themselves a few million for potential additions at the trade deadline. I think the Phillies have a couple offers on the table and are waiting for the recipients to reassess their value. (The players will have to come down to the Phillies’ offer.) I listened to the Matt Moore press conference, twice. Sure, they are looking to improve around the edges, but I don’t think the Phillies are actively courting any of the starting pitchers mentioned in the comments section. Rather, I believe they have open offers to a bench guy and a reliever. I also believe that the offers are for a lot less than the players want.
I wonder if their plan B for a bench player isn’t already in the organization. Ronald Torreyes is already under contract, played for Girardi for three seasons in New York (2016-18), compiled a .281/.308/.374 slash in those three seasons (the only three seasons he accumulated 100+ plate appearances), is only 28-years-old, has played 2b/ss/3b/lf/cf/rf in his MLB career, and doesn’t strike out much (13%).
I scoured Latin American press releases and found another seven IFAs signed by the Phillies. That brings the total of known signees to 22. I didn;t have to waste the time, the Phillies announced all 22 0ver the weekend.
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- February 14, 2021 – Report date for major league ST
- February 17, 2021 – First ST workout
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 February 7th … 332 players in the org
2/06/2021 – RHP Hector Rondon assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
2/06/2021 – RHP David Paulino assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
2/05/2021 – Twins claimed RHP Ian Hamilton off waivers from Phillies
2/03/2021 – Phillies signed FA RHP Chase Anderson
2/03/2021 – Phillies signed FA LHP Matt Moore
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed FA RHP Hector Rondon to an MiLB contract with invite to ST
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA CF Jesus Garibaldi
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Ji Tae Lee
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Carlos Milan
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Ender Paz
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Danyony Pulido
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA SS Yoangel Ramos
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Saul Teran
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA OF Yemal Flores
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA C Rickardo Perez
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA SS Marco Soto
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA SS Leonardo Rondon
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA OF Raylin Heredia
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA SS Yemil Rosario
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA C Dervin Andrade
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Daniel Mejia
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Juan Melendez
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA SS Julio Hereaux
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA C/OF Solardo Rodriguez
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA SS Deivi Cabrera
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Joset Aparacio
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA OF Jorge Garcia
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed IFA SS Alfredo Alderete
2/02/2021 – Phillies signed FA RHP David Paulino to an MiLB contract with invite to ST
1/30/2021 – Phillies traded INF Kyle Holder to Reds for cash
1/30/2021 – Phillies signed FA SS Didi Gregorious
1/30/2021 – Phillies traded P Cole Irvin to Athletics for cash
1/29/2021 – Phillies designated RHP Ian Hamilton for assignment
1/29/2021 – Phillies signed FA C JT Realmuto
1/29/2021 – Phillies signed FA RHP Ivan Nova to an MiLB contract
1/27/2021 – DSL Red released CF Miguel Tejeda
1/27/2021 – DSL Red released RHP Yeison Sanchez
1/25/2021 – Reading released C Henri Lartigue
1/25/2021 – Jersey Shore released OF Tucker Maxwell
1/25/2021 – Jersey Shore released CF Yerwin Trejo
1/25/2021 – Jersey Shore released C Jesse Wilkening
1/25/2021 – Jersey Shore released RHP Seth McGarry
1/25/2021 – Williamsport released RHP Jake Kinney
1/25/2021 – GCL West released 3B Luis Rojas
1/25/2021 – GCL East released SS Jose Mercado
1/25/2021 – GCL West released 2B Jose Rivera
1/25/2021 – GCL West released C Kevin Escalante
1/25/2021 – GCL West released RHP Lizardo Herrera
1/25/2021 – GCL East released 3B Jevi Hernandez
1/25/2021 – GCL West released LHP Austin Crowson
1/25/2021 – GCL East released RF Luis Matos
1/25/2021 – LHP Hunter Milam retired
1/25/2021 – DSL Red activated RHP Yeison Sanchez from the restricted list
1/25/2021 – DSL White released RHP Elias Liriano
1/25/2021 – DSL White released RHP Alexis Herrera