This is the courtesy thread for comments and discussion about the Phillies and other BASEBALL topics.
There were a lot of baseball transactions last week. The Phillies had their share. The week started slowly with the signing of two relievers (Jeurys Familia and Brad Hand) and a center fielder (Odubel Herrera). It finished with a bang with the signing of Kyle Schwarber. This was followed by an even bigger bang with the late-night signing of Nick Castellanos.
The Phillies designated a couple of pitchers (Scott Moss and Yoan Lopez), placed a couple more on the 60-day IL (JoJo Romero and Kent Emanuel), and signed a bunch of minor league players. The most intriguing of which was infielder Ronald Torreyes who Joe Girardi likes a lot and who got way too many at bats last season.
Most of us probably thought that the Phillies were done with the free agent market after the Schwarber signing. We were all surprised with the Castellanos’ acquisition primarily because it put the Phillies over the cap for the first time in their history, but also because of the expense attached to signing a player who turned down a qualifying offer.
Barring any trades, the opening day roster might very well be set, but for a couple of decisions at the back of the roster.
Assuming the pitchers are all ready by opening day the rotation looks like Wheeler, Nola, Suarez, Eflin, and Gibson.
The bullpen looks to be Knebel, Alvarado, Familia, Hand, Dominguez, Brogdon, Coonrod, and one of Jones, Nelson, Sanchez, Sherriff. Falter and Crouse have a shot at long man but could also be needed to start if Wheeler, Suarez, or Eflin aren’t physically ready.
Pitching is an area we might expect a trade to upgrade depth.
The catchers will be Realmuto and one of Marchan, Sands, or Stubbs. I expect Stubbs to be on the active roster. I expect Marchan to start in Triple A with Sands as his backup and the first callup if there is an injury.
Unless there is a trade that includes Gregorius, I expect Stott to start the season in Triple A. Even if Didi does get traded, I think Stott starts the season in Lehigh Valley.
The infield should look like this – Hoskins, Segura, Gregorius, and Bohm.
The outfield probably includes two guys who will get the majority of DH at bats. I expect Harper in right, Herrera in center, and one of Schwarber or Castellanos in left with the other acting as DH.
The bench will likely be Stubbs, Camargo (who could “steal” starts from Bohm), Vierling (who we expect to platoon with Herrera), and, dare I say it, Torreyes. That would require a 40-man move, so Williams or Maton would be the easier choice. But, Joe being Joe …
The LTCs to Schwaber, Castellanos, and Harper create quite a logjam in the outfield. The Herrera/Vierling platoon looks like a stop-gap until Johan Rojas is ready to step in. Dombrowski said in an interview last September that he didn’t think the answer to center field would come from within. That speaks volumes regarding the organization’s feelings about Haseley and Moniak. I would think that one of those two or Muzziotti will be used to complete the platoon if Rojas isn’t ready to make the jump in 2023.
MLB is considering expanding rosters to 28 players at the beginning of the season. It is expected that since both leagues will have a DH that the two additional players will be pitchers.
The point of all the conjecture above is that without a trade or two, the roster is pretty much set except for the very back of the bullpen and the far end of the bench.
- March 17, 2022: First minor league spring training game against Blue Jays (games v. other clubs or intrasquad games everyday through April 2, 2022)
- March 19, 2022: First Phillies spring training game against Toronto (eleven home games through April 5, 2022, only off day is March 29th)
- April 1, 2022: Lehigh Valley breaks camp
- April 2, 2022: Reading, Jersey Shore, and Clearwater break camp
- April 5, 2022: Lehigh Valley season opener at home v. Columbus
- April 7, 2022: Phillies final spring training game (at Tropicana Field)
- April 8, 2022: Phillies season opener at home v. Oakland
- 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
3/20/2022 – Phillies signed free agent OF Nick Castellanos
3/20/2022 – Phillies signed INF Ronald Torreyes to an MiLB contract
3/20/2022 – OF Ethan Wilson roster status changed by Phillies
3/20/2022 – OF Ethan Wilson assigned to Phillies
3/20/2022 – RHP James Marvel assigned to Phillies
3/20/2022 – Phillies signed free agent LF Kyle Schwarber
3/20/2022 – Phillies placed LHP Kent Emanuel on the 60-day IL, left elbow impingement
3/19/2022 – RHP Jack Perkins assigned to Phillies
3/19/2022 – SS Drew Maggi assigned to Phillies
3/19/2022 – RHP Tyler Carr assigned to Phillies
3/19/2022 – LHP Erik Miller assigned to Phillies
3/19/2022 – Phillies signed free agent C Austin Wynns an MiLB contract
3/19/2022 – RHP Dillon Maples assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/18/2022 – Phillies invited non-roster RF John Andreoli to spring training
3/18/2022 – Phillies invited non-roster LHP Jonathan Hennigan to spring training
3/18/2022 – Phillies invited non-roster LHP Jeff Singer to spring training
3/18/2022 – Phillies invited non-roster LHP Jakob Hernandez to spring training
3/18/2022 – SS Ali Castillo roster status changed by Phillies
3/18/2022 – Phillies invited non-roster C Jack Conley to spring training
3/18/2022 – Phillies invited non-roster LHP Brian Marconi to spring training
3/18/2022 – Phillies invited non-roster 1B Josh Ockimey to spring training
3/18/2022 – Phillies invited non-roster 3B Matt Kroon to spring training
3/18/2022 – RHP Mike Adams assigned to Phillies
3/18/2022 – Phillies invited non-roster 2B Wendell Rijo to spring training
3/18/2022 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Austin Ross to spring training
3/18/2022 – SS Ali Castillo assigned to Phillies
3/18/2022 – Phillies invited non-roster SS Madison Stokes to spring training
3/18/2022 – Miami claimed RHP Yoan Lopez off waivers from Phillies
3/17/2022 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Dillon Maples to an MiLB contract w/ST invite
3/17/2022 – RHP Aaron Barrett assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/17/2022 – Phillies designated RHP Yoan Lopez for assignment
3/16/2022 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Aaron Barrett an MiLB contract
3/16/2022 – Phillies signed free agent CF Odubel Herrera
3/16/2022 – Pittsburgh claimed RHP Adonis Medina off waivers from Phillies
3/15/2022 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Jeurys Familia
3/15/2022 – Phillies signed free agent LHP Brad Hand
3/15/2022 – Phillies designated LHP Scott Moss for assignment
3/11/2022 – Philadelphia Phillies placed LHP JoJo Romero on the 60-day IL, left elbow