This is the courtesy thread for comments and discussion about the Phillies and other BASEBALL topics.
Well, the hot stove season has begun, and the Phillies have been busy. I’ve been impressed, so far, with the early reporting of Phillies news. In past years, we would have to wait until the 11th hour to find out transactions. They have also been forthcoming with news of departures, promotions, and new hires in the front office. I hope this type of transparency continues. The fans love it as much as the media. Now, can someone tell me what happened to Saul Teran???
- First, seven players reached free agency, thus creating some roster and salary space. The free agency of RHP Hector Neris, RHP Archie Bradley, SS Brad Miller, LHP Matt Moore, RHP Cam Bedrosian, SS Freddy Galvis, RHP Ian Kennedy reclaimed seven roster spots and about $$22.65M in salary.
- Second, the Phillies reclaimed 2 more roster spots ands additional salary when they declined options for outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Odubel Herrera. Herrera’s subsequent outrighting/free agency netted the Phillies $24.85M (their salaries $20M + $10.35M minus their buyouts $3.0M + $2.5M).
- Third, the addition of a LHP reliever, Ryan Sherriff, via waivers from Tampa Bay. (Best tweet reporting this waiver claim – “Phillies claim Ryan Sherriff, but they did not claim the deputy”. This still makes me laugh)
- And fourth, the outrighting of 5 more players in addition to Herrera – C Andrew Knapp, INF Ronnie Torreyes, RHPs JD Hammer and Ramon Rosso, and OF Travis Jankowski (maybe a savings of $5M).
Presently, the Phillies have 13 vacancies on their 40-man roster. But, up to 4 guys coming off the 60-day injured list will push that number down a few spots. Eflin and Hoskins are a lock to be activated. And, probably Romero. Quinn maybe, maybe not.
The Phillies might have as much as $50M under the 2021 cap, maybe just $44M. They will have to address several areas. One that is infinitely more clear today is the outfield. Take a look at their depth after this week’s transactions – Harper, Haseley, Moniak, Quinn, Vierling on the 40 with little help at Lehigh Valley – Kingery, Muzziotti, Randolph, Tilson.
I think Dombrowski has a tough job ahead of him.
I’ve seen all the speculation on Dombrowski’s moves, both here and from the “experts”. I think that the Phillies need to fill some spots internally to keep costs down. Stott looks like he’s going to force the Phillies to consider him at shortstop on opening day. I think he gats a hard look during spring training. If they think he’s ready, they take him north to play not sit. I think their Plan B is to sign a veteran who can play SS and other positions just in case. Like a Galvis, but better if available. I think if they decide Bohm is ready to resume his role at third, he plays there. I don’t think they would hesitate to play Bohm and Stott at the sametime. If the guys win the spots, they play. Personally, I think they avoid all that with Plan B.
I think the Phillies primary target is a big bat for the middle of the line up. I expect that to be their big free agent expenditure. Since I don’t think they’ll be in on the shortstop market, that acquisition will be in the outfield. I think the rest of their money will be spread among pitching and bench pieces. I also think they will look to deal with the clubs that are cutting salary. Teams like Oakland and Cincinnati. This is where our prospect capital is at risk. More so if they can’t get the big bopper through free agency. I hope they find a trading partner for Gregorius. One where the teams swap salaries for positions of need.
Fourteen players received Qualifying Offers. Each was tendered a one-year deal for $18.4M. Other teams can sign them but it will cost draft picks and International money. The 14 are pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez, Robbie Ray, Raisel Iglesias, Noah Syndergaard, Justin Verlander; SS Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Trevor Story; OF Michael Conforto, Chris Taylor; and INF Brandon Belt, Nick Castellanos, Freddie Freeman.
If any accept, they will not be available as free agents. Those who reject become available to negotiate with any team as of November 17th. Those players would have draft pick compensation attached to them if they sign with a new team. If the Phillies sign one of them, they would forfeit their second round pick and $500K of international bonus pool money. If they signtwo, they forfeit their third round pick and another chunk of international pool money.
My preference is to keep our draft picks. But, I’m not physically or permanently attached to that preference.
The Phillies’ new coaches have already gotten to work. New hitting coach Kevin Long has been in Clearwater working with Alec Bohm. New fielding coach Bobby Dickerson has been in Arizona working with Bryson Stott. Worthy of note, Preston Mattingly announced that Anthony Contreras would be the IronPigs manager next season. Contreras is currently managing our guys on the Peoria Javelinas in the AFL. By the way, Stott and O’Hoppe are really playing well.
The prospects’ project is complete. I completed 270 prospect profiles for most of the 300 players in the organization. Those not included are the 23 players on the 40-man roster who have exceeded their rookie status (Alvarado, Brogdon, Coonrod, Dominguez, Eflin, Falter, Gibson, Nola, Romero, Ryan Sherriff, Suarez, Wheeler, Marchan, Realmuto, Bohm, Gregorius, Hoskins, Maton, Segura, Williams, Harper, Haseley, Quinn) and seven minor leaguers who exceeded rookie status (Heineman, Kingery, Rivera, Stassi, Tilson, Paulino, Guerrieri).
The menu structure was tweaked a bit at the bottom. The Prospect Profiles menu page also has all 270 player links in alphabetical order. I have opened the pages to comments so you can add scouting information (from an accredited site or your own experience). I hope to add my observations from my notes at some point. But, for now, this little exercise wore me out.
- Prospect Profiles
- Catcher Only
- Catcher/First Base
- First Base Only
- Second Base
- Third Base
- Center Fielders
- Right Fielders
- Left Fielders
- Left-Handed Pitchers
- LHP Starters (AAA and AA)
- LHP Relievers (AAA and AA)
- LHP Starters (A and Rookie)
- LHP Relievers (A and Rookie)
- Right-Handed Pitchers
- Right Starters (AAA and AA)
- Right Relievers (AAA and AA)
- Right Starters (A and Rookie)
- Right Relievers (A and Rookie)
- DSL Players
- DSL Players at Instructs
- DSL Catchers
- DSL Infielders
- DSL Outfielders
- DSL Starting Pitchers
- DSL Relief Pitchers
- DNP all 2021 Season
- New International Signings
Rosters and Stuff
- organization’s rosters (11/5)
- organization’s injury list (11/5)
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility (11/5) (includes player info, assignments, …)
Key Dates: Most dates have been confirmed. Some are guesstimates based on previous years. Italics are those dates that will be dependent on the new CBA, dates in BOLD text are confirmed.
- October 5, 2021: Opening Day for the Mexican Pacific League ( thru 12/23)
- October 13, 2021: Opening Day for the Arizona Fall League
- October 23, 2021: Opening Day for the Venezuelan Winter League (thru 12/22)
- October 27, 2021: Opening Day for Dominican Winter League (thru 12/17)
- November 3, 2021: Trading resumes, start of the 5-day “quiet period” before free agency
- November 6, 2021: Opening Day for the Roberto Clemente’ Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League (thru 1/22/22)
- November 7, 2021: Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers (QO) to their eligible former players who became free agents
- November 2021: Start of the Colombian Winter League (The season begins the first week of November and ends the penultimate week of January.)
- November 17, 2021: Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers
- November 8-11, 2021: GM Meetings (Carlsbad, CA)
- November TBA: Owners meetings (Nov. 19-21, Arlington, TX in 2019)
- November 19, 2021: Deadline to submit 40-man rosters before Rule 5 Draft
- November TBA: MLBPA executive board meeting (Nov. 26-29 in Irving, TX in 2018)
- December 1, 2021: CBA expires
- December 2, 2021 – Non-tender Deadline – last day for teams to offer 2022 contracts to unsigned players (pre-arb and arb eligible) on their 40-man rosters. Non-tendered players become free agents.
- December 6-9, 2021: The 2021 Baseball Winter Meetings will take place at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Orlando, Florida.
- December 8, 2021: Rule 5 Draft
- December 9, 2021: Opening Day for the Panamanian Baseball League (thru (January)
- December 2021: The 2021-22 Australian Baseball League season was was cancelled in an announcement on October 20th.
- December 15, 2021: Close of the 2020-21 international signing period
- January TBA – Rookie Career Development Program
- January 14, 2022: Deadline for teams and arb eligible players to submit salary figures to the arbiter
- January 15, 2022 – Start of the 2021-22 international signing period (thru 12/15)
- January 28,2022: Start of the Caribbean Series (thru 2/3, with one team from each winter league – Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Panama)
- February 16, 2022 – Voluntary spring training reporting date for pitchers, catchers, and players recovering from injuries
- February 21, 2022 – Voluntary spring training reporting date for position players
- February 23, 2022 – Mandatory spring training reporting date
- February 26, 2022: First spring training games
- February 26, 2022: at New York Yankees (Tampa), Time TBA
- February 27, 2022: v. Minnesota Twins (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
- February 27, 2022: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) (SS) Time TBA
- February 28, 2022: at Boston Red Sox (Fort Myers) Time TBA
- March 1, 2022: v. Detroit Tigers (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 2, 2022: v. New York Yankees (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 3, 2022: at Baltimore Orioles (Sarasota) Time TBA
- March 4, 2022: v. Atlanta Braves (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 5, 2022: at Tampa Bay Rays (Port Charlotte) Time TBA
- March 6, 2022: v. Pittsburgh Pirates (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 7, 2022: OFF DAY
- March 8, 2022: v. Toronto Blue Jays (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
- March 8, 2022: at Detroit Tigers (Lakeland) (SS) Time TBA
- March 9, 2022: at Minnesota Twins (Fort Myers) Time TBA
- March 10, 2022: v. New York Yankees (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 11, 2022: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) Time TBA
- March 12, 2022: v. Baltimore Orioles (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 13, 2022: at Tampa Bay Rays (Port Charlotte) Time TBA
- March 14, 2022: v. Boston Red Sox (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 15, 2022: OFF DAY
- March 16, 2022: v. Toronto Blue Jays (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
- March 16, 2022: at New York Yankees (Tampa) (SS) Time TBA
- March 17, 2022: v. Baltimore Orioles (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 18, 2022: at Detroit Tigers (Lakeland) Time TBA
- March 19, 2022: v. Pittsburgh Pirates (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 20, 2022: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) Time TBA
- March 21, 2022: at Atlanta Braves (North Port) Time TBA
- March 22, 2022: v. New York Yankees (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 23, 2022: v. Detroit Tigers (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 24, 2022: at Baltimore Orioles (Sarasota) Time TBA
- March 25, 2022: v. Toronto Blue Jays (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
- March 25, 2022: at Pittsburgh Pirates (Bradenton) (SS) Time TBA
- March 26, 2022: at New York Yankees (Tampa) Time TBA
- March 27, 2022: v. Tampa Bay Rays (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 28, 2022: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) Time TBA
- March 29, 2022: at Tampa Bay Rays (Tropicana Field) Time TBA
- March 30, 2022: OFF DAY
- March 31, 2022: Opening Day for 2022 season
- March 31, 2022: Phillies season opener at Houston Astros
- April 5, 2022: Lehigh Valley season opener at home v. Columbus
- April 8, 2022: Phillies home opener v. Oakland A’s at 3:05 PM
- April 8, 2022: Clearwater season opener at home v. Fort Myers
- April 8, 2022: Jersey Shore season opener at home v. Aberdeen
- April 8, 2022: Reading season opener at home v. Somerset
- July 2022: Rule 4 Amateur Draft
Transactions (2021 has been archived, 2022 began on October 5th)
11/05/2021 – C Andrew Knapp elected free agency
11/05/2021 – OF Odubel Herrera elected free agency
11/05/2021 – SS Ronald Torreyes elected free agency
11/05/2021 – RHP JD Hammer elected free agency
11/05/2021 – RHP Ramon Rosso elected free agency
11/05/2021 – OF Travis Jankowski elected free agency
11/05/2021 – Lehigh Valley activated RF Scott Kingery from the 60-day IL
11/05/2021 – Lehigh Valley activated 2B Daniel Brito from the 60-day IL
11/05/2021 – Reading activated RHP Trevor Bettencourt from the 60-day IL
11/05/2021 – CF Andrew McCutchen elected free agency
11/05/2021 – Phillies claimed LHP Ryan Sherriff off waivers from Tampa Bay
11/05/2021 – Phillies sent RHP Ramon Rosso outright to Lehigh Valley
11/05/2021 – Phillies sent RHP JD Hammer outright to Lehigh Valley
11/05/2021 – Phillies sent SS Ronald Torreyes outright to Lehigh Valley
11/03/2021 – Phillies decline Andrew McCutchen’s option, becomes free agent eligible
11/03/2021 – Phillies decline Odubel Herrera’s option, enters third arbitration year
11/03/2021 – RHP Hector Neris elected free agency
11/03/2021 – RHP Archie Bradley elected free agency
11/03/2021 – SS Brad Miller elected free agency
11/03/2021 – LHP Matt Moore elected free agency
11/03/2021 – RHP Cam Bedrosian elected free agency
11/03/2021 – SS Freddy Galvis elected free agency
11/03/2021 – RHP Ian Kennedy elected free agency
10/05/2021 – Reading activated RHP Kyle Glogoski
10/05/2021 – Jersey Shore activated C Vito Friscia from the temporarily inactive list
9/26/2021 – Phillies released OF Matt Joyce
9/14/2021 – Phillies signed free agent SS Luis Pelegrin to a minor league contract