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Another busy week for the Phillies. They claimed LHP Scott Moss off waivers from Cleveland. And, … well … that was it. Meanwhile, many of last season’s other losers have been shelling out money like it was stoopid. Even the Mets rebounded from Cohen’s hurt feelings over Matz’ signing elsewhere to sign a handful of free agents. They may have signed their white whale when they offered Max Sherzer 3 years/$120M.
The Phillies have maybe the most holes to fill this offseason. We know (think) the Phillies need a left fielder, center fielder, a shortstop (if not Gregorius or Stott), a decision on Bohm, a middle of the order bat (hopefully one of the outfielders), a leadoff hitter (hopefully the other outfielder), a backup catcher (may have been taken care of by one of the trades last week, maybe), a bench that is more than Sands/Stubbs, Gregorius/Maton/Williams, Quinn/Vierling/Haseley/Moniak, a closer, a couple 7th-8th inning relievers, and a starter/long man to compete for Eflin’s spot at the start of the season. I hope the pitchers they’ve acquired through waivers aren’t their bullpen solutions.
That’s a lot of needs to be sitting on our hands while free agents are signing.
Trader Dave has historically struck early in the offseason. So, why this year when the Phillies have a lot of needs is he sitting on the sidelines as other teams grab free agents. Realistically, only Marte and several free agent pitchers were of interest to the Phillies. But Marte was the only true CF on the market. Buxton’s extension takes him off the market unless his full no-trade clause means nothing. Bryant wants to play CF, but he announced that he wouldn’t make a decision until after the lockout. The pitchers signing deals are setting the market for starters and relievers. The Phillies will have to move a couple aisles closer to the bargain aisle and settle for the pitchers similar to the junk they’ve signed in past years.
Remember a few years ago, maybe during the Harper/Machado free agency, when one team told their fans that they were in on every free agent and had the second-best offer on several? Hope that’s not us this year.
So, now what? I had an elaborate plan for filling out the roster that involved signing guys I really don’t want to sign. So, I scrapped those paragraphs and will sit idly by waiting impatiently for Trader Dave to do something with the rest of you.
Rosters and Stuff
- organization’s rosters (11/21)
- organization’s injury list (11/21)
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility (11/21) (includes player info, assignments, …)
Key Dates: Most dates have been confirmed.
- November 3, 2021: Trading resumes, start of the “quiet period” before free agency
- November 7, 2021: Deadline for teams to offer QOs to their free agents
- November 17, 2021: Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers
- November 8-11, 2021: GM Meetings (Carlsbad, CA)
- November 19, 2021: Deadline to submit 40-man rosters before Rule 5 Draft
- November 30, 2021: “New” Non-tender Deadline for 2021
- December 1, 2021: CBA expires
December 2, 2021: Non-tender Deadline – last day for teams to offer contracts to unsigned players. Non-tendered players become free agents.Moved up to 11/30.
- December 6-9, 2021: 2021 Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.
- December 8, 2021: Rule 5 Draft
- 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
- January 15, 2022 – Start of the 2021-22 international signing period (thru 12/15)
- January 28,2022: 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: at New York Yankees (Tampa), Time TBA
- February 27, 2022: v. Minnesota Twins (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
- 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
11/24/2021 – Phillies claimed LHP Scott Moss off waivers from Cleveland