Major League teams were required to submit their Non-Roster Invite lists (NRIs) to the league office COB Friday. Many teams have published their NRI lists on social media after submitting their lists. The Phillies have not yet. Maybe Monday.
The Williamsport Crosscutters are officially no longer a Phillies affiliate. All the affiliates that were extended offers to become MLB affiliates responded in the affirmative last week. The Phillies affiliates are Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Double-A Reading, High-A Jersey City, and Low-A Clearwater. Teams are allowed one Complex team. Discussions remain ongoing on whether the limit will be raised to two teams. There is no restriction on International rookie teams. The Phillies have two teams in the Dominican Summer League.
New limits were imposed on the number of players permitted in an organization. The Phillies and others are allowed to have 190 rostered players during the offseason, 180 players when the teams break spring training and go north to start the MLB season. Minor League players on the 40-man do not count against their minor league team’s roster until the MLB season starts. Players in the Dominican League do NOT count against the total.
So, we’re looking at 30ish players on five, stateside, minor league rosters plus 26 players on the major league roster during the season.
Related to the above section, the Phillies began moving players around on Saturday. Players on the Jersey City and Clearwater rosters were reassigned to Clearwater and Jersey City. I have made the changes to the spreadsheets I keep. If you look at the league transaction lists, you will see a lot of duplications unless they go back and correct.
Sunday, all the players on the Williamsport were reassigned. The Cutters roster is empty. The status of all players who were on the roster are is “Assigned to New Team/Level”. Most could likely end up on a GCL roster for an extended time. You see, GCL rosters haven’t been official until short-season starts in June. Teams could stash players there while making decisions. Also, if, for any reason, there is a GCL season then players could avoid being released all summer. Or, maybe not.
Spring training workouts start this week. Players have already arrived. Bohm has a place in Clearwater, Herrera and Realmuto are here, and some of the NRIs are also here. I drove by Saturday. Rain washed out any activity that might have happened. Workers have been busy in addition to unloading and storing the contents of the truck that arrived from Philadelphia last week.
They have also constructed several tents at the Complex. Two were installed on either side of the driveway at the entrance of the Complex. One was put up during Instructs for meals with proper distancing. The eating area inside the Complex building is extremely small, four tavern tables with about 16 chairs. I assume the second tent was installed for the same reason.
There are also 3-4 tents beyond Ashburn Field’s left field fence. Once again, I’m guessing these are for meals. In addition to up to 75 players, there will be an additional 75 support personnel, coaches, trainers, …
The Payroll and AAV balances this week are more accurate. The site where I was getting my information had neglected to carryover Odubel Herrera’s salary and AAV when they updated their site with 2021 payroll information. They corrected the mistake after I contacted them. They also explained to me that Robertson’s and Phelps’ buyouts would not be counted this season since they were paid when the options were declined (last season’s cycle). (I’m not convinced this is correct and will continue to check.
I also found out that the league minimum for 2021 is $570,500. I plugged that in as an estimate for the 8 players who MIGHT fill out the 26 man roster after Dominguez is placed on the 60-day IL. I also added the four NRIs who signed split contracts because I learned what their major league salaries would be if they made the team. Their salaries are there as a reference and haven’t been figured into any totals.
I’ll continue updating and tweaking until opening day or the 26-man roster is set.
The Phillies running payroll is $185,229,962. This includes nineteen players under contract plus an estimate for eight players under team control with 0-3 years experience (estimated at the league minimum $570,500).
The Phillies’ salary against the competitive balance tax is $195,342,782 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 $14,657,218 under the tax threshold. (see spreadsheet)
My estimates are likely too low. Some of the 8 players who don’t have salaries yet will undoubtedly make more than the league minimum. Some will be replaced by one or two NRIs. And, Brad Miller might be joining the organization again. If so, expect Kintzler’s and Millers’ roughly $6M to further increase the numbers above.
And now some random reminders.
Any sportswriter who lists MLB Insider in his bio is working for the owners. Be careful when you read anything they write about anything between the league and the players association.
Jean Segura has “full no-trade protection”. He also has over $30M owed to him over the next two seasons ($14.85 in each of the next 2 seasons plus a $1M buyout or a $17M option).
Scott Kingery is going into the expensive years of his contract – $4.25M this year, $6.25M in 2022, $8.25M in 2023, and a $1M buyout or options of $13M, $14M, $15M thru 2026. So, he’s got a guarantee of $19.75M over the next 3 years.
Neither Segura nor Kingery is going to be as easy to trade as writing, “move them”.
Segura, Velasquez, and Kingery provide much needed major-league ready depth. It doesn’t make sense to trade them AND money to acquire some prospects from some organization’s 10-20 range – if they were to even got that in return. Trading them weakens the Phillies’ depth at the upper level.
I’ve been reading some of James’ earliest articles. Particularly the ones regarding prospects. I also decided to read his first series of articles to see how he got started and how far we may have strayed from his intentions. I’ll have more on this later.
I’ll be publishing the 2021 Phuture Phillies “Readers” Top 30 Prospects tomorrow. Yeah, really.
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- February 14, 2021 – Report date for major league ST
- February 17, 2021 – First ST workout
- February 28, 2021 – First spring training game @ Tigers
- March 1, 2021 – First home spring training game v. Orioles
- April 1, 2021 – Phillies’ home opener v. Braves
- 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
- October 2, 2021 – Phillies clinch a playoff berth in Miami
The rosters and lists are up to date as of February 14th … 334 players in the org
2/13/2021 – SS Alfredo Alderete assigned to DSL Red
2/13/2021 – RHP Daniel Mejia assigned to DSL Red
2/12/2021 – Jersey Shore activated LHP Ethan Evanko
2/12/2021 – Jersey Shore activated C Colby Fitch
2/12/2021 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – RHP Blake Brown assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – RHP Tyler Carr assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – LHP Jordan Fowler assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – RHP Kyle Glogoski assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – LHP Josh Hendrickson assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – RHP Sam Jacobsak assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – LHP Keylan Killgore assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – LHP Taylor Lehman assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – LHP Ethan Lindow assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – RHP James McArthur assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – LHP Erik Miller assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – RHP Jack Perkins assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – RHP Austin Ross assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – LHP Josh Tols assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – RHP Aneurys Zabala assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – C Jack Conley assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – C Nick Matera assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – 3B Dalton Guthrie assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – 1B Matt Kroon assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – 3B Luke Miller assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – 1B Madison Stokes assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – SS Bryson Stott assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – CF Malvin Matos assigned to Jersey Shore
2/12/2021 – Clearwater activated RHP Ben Brown
2/12/2021 – Clearwater activated RHP Jonas De La Cruz
2/12/2021 – Clearwater activated RHP Tyler McKay
2/12/2021 – Clearwater activated RHP Dominic Pipkin
2/12/2021 – Clearwater activated RHP Mark Potter
2/12/2021 – Clearwater activated RHP Andrew Schultz
2/12/2021 – Clearwater activated 3B Cole Stobbe
2/12/2021 – RHP Albertus Barber assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – RHP Kevin Gowdy assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – RHP Alejandro Made assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – RHP Robinson Martinez assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – RHP Victor Santos assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – RHP Tom Sutera assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – C Logan O’Hoppe assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – 2B Nate Fassnacht assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – SS Luis Garcia assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – SS Kendall Simmons assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – 3B McCarthy Tatum assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – RF Carlos De La Cruz assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – CF Keaton Greenwalt assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – OF Hunter Hearn assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – OF Hunter Markwardt assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – LF Ben Pelletier assigned to Clearwater
2/12/2021 – CF Johan Rojas assigned to Clearwater
2/10/2021 – Phillies signed FA OF Matt Joyce to an MiLB contract with invite to ST
2/10/2021 – Phillies signed FA RHP Brandon Kintzler to MiLB contract with invite to ST
2/10/2021 – Phillies traded RHP Johan Quezada to Cardinals for cash
2/10/2021 – Phillies signed FA SS Didi Gregorious
2/08/2021 – Phillies signed FA RHP Chase Anderson