This is the courtesy thread for comments and discussion about the Phillies and other BASEBALL topics.
Joe Girardi is in the third year of a three-year contract. There is a club option. I find it interesting that it hasn’t been enacted nor has an extension been discussed, as far as we know. If I learned anything from Moneyball, it’s that a manager can’t manage as a lame duck. I have a solution.
There has been a lot of conversation regarding the lack of development once players reach the Phillies. We have a situation where we should expect the rookies on the active roster to be developed. Joe Girardi stated publicly last season that it is not his job to develop players. I have a solution.
The Phillies went 2-5 against East Division rivals including their normal drubbing by the Marlins. The Phillies cannot win the division or a wild card with a losing record in the division. I have a solution.
Dombrowski and Girardi assured us that they could find enough at bats for Stott and Bohm. To date, Stott has 27 plate appearances and Bohm has 17. Utilityman Johan Camargo has 28 PA. It doesn’t appear that Girardi can manage this issue. I have a solution.
This team was constructed to outscore its defensive liabilities. Bohm’s fielding should not have ever been a factor. The light hitting by Vierling and Stott should never have been a problem. The problem lies where it did last year. The big contract players have to do what they are being paid to do. And not just in one game out of four. Every game requires them to hit for average and power. If they can’t, it’s not the fault of the 8-9 hole hitters. If they don’t it proves that the initial plan was flawed. I don’t have a solution for this.
And now some random stuff.
In addition to the answer I provided regarding the Development List, one of the advantages is that the player can remain with the team. Rehab and most other lists require that the player leave his team. So much easier than sending players back to the Complex.
Jeff Singer was activated to be designated. The Phillies needed a pitcher on the roster for one day. They had no one healthy left on the 40-man roster to recall. Selecting the contract of a player was their only option. It had to be a player they did not think would be claimed off waivers or one they could afford to lose if he was chosen or if he opted for free agency. I imagine Jeff considered free agency, but came to the conclusion that it was not a good time of the season to be a free agent. Most teams don’t have the same roster crunch we have and can take advantage of options not counting for two more weeks. I think this was strictly a business decision that played out as expected.
Regarding the roster reduction at the end of the month, the 13 pitcher limit was put back in place for this season and will go back into effect in two weeks. So, if we still have 15 pitchers, 2 will go down to the minors.
After his 2018 season in which Camargo had an OPS+ of 115, he was not pushed off third base by Austin Riley. He blasted off third base by the offseason acquisition of Josh Donaldson. He became a utility guy and Riley played in LF. It wasn’t until 2020 that Riley moved to third.
Camargo is not this year’s Torreyes. Torreyes will be this year’s Torreyes once Girardi figures out a way to select his contract.
Bohm was unfortunate that his comment was caught on tape and shared on social media. He handled it well afterward. I don’t believe him. I know he hates playing in Philadelphia. So do a lot of guys on the active roster. Each season after the draft, when I meet parents and family at the Complex, the one concern is the reputation of the fans. I have assured them that Philly fans are great. Yeah, I lied. I figured most of their sons weren’t going to make it to the majors so it wouldn’t matter.
Regarding Castellanos and LF. He expressed a desire to play the field and not just DH. Girardi sees him as a DH-only type. I have a solution for that.
I’ll start the pre-draft series of articles for Hinkie and others to post their prospect info around May 1st.
Had it not been for injuries to other pitchers on the 40, Jones and Brogdon would not have traveled north with the Phillies. Neither was ready because they were unable to throw during the offseason. I believe that’s on them.
Did you know that up until last week, Andy MacPhail was back? He was brought back as an advisor during the lockout and was listed on the Phillies Front Office page as an advisor to the owner. Today, I noticed his name is no longer on the page.
The Phillies have several long-term contracts on their active roster. It might not be too long before they morph into a Rays-type approach and start to develop-to-trade to fill in around those contracts. This also resembles the Dodgers’ model.
- July 15-19, 2022: All-Star Week in Los Angeles
- July 17-19, 2022: MLB Draft
- August 2, 2022: Trade Deadline (6 p.m. ET)
- October 5, 2022: Final scheduled day of the regular season
4/16/2022 – Lehigh Valley transferred SS Ali Castillo to the Development List
4/16/2022 – Clearwater placed LHP Tristan Garnett on the 7-day IL retroactive to April 15th
4/16/2022 – RHP Aidan Anderson assigned to Clearwater
4/16/2022 – Clearwater placed RHP Victor Lopez on the TIL
4/15/2022 – Phillies sent LHP Jeff Singer outright to Lehigh Valley
4/15/2022 – Reading activated LHP Nick Lackney
4/15/2022 – Jersey Shore activated RHP Jonathan Hughes
4/14/2022 – Phillies signed FA C Angel Mata to an MiLB contract
4/14/2022 – Phillies activated RHP James Norwood from the bereavement list
4/14/2022 – Phillies transferred RHP Sam Coonrod from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL
4/14/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Scott Moss
4/14/2022 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Andrew Bellatti from Lehigh Valley
4/14/2022 – Reading transferred RHP Noah Skirrow to the Development List
4/14/2022 – Jersey Shore transferred RHP Cristian Hernandez to the Development List
4/14/2022 – Phillies optioned LHP Damon Jones to Lehigh Valley
4/14/2022 – Phillies optioned RHP Connor Brogdon to Lehigh Valley
4/13/2022 – Phillies designated LHP Jeff Singer for assignment.
4/13/2022 – Phillies activated RHP Corey Knebel from the 10-day IL
4/12/2022 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Ofreidy Gomez to an MiLB contract
4/13/2022 – Clearwater transferred LHP Matt Osterberg to the Development List
4/13/2022 – Clearwater transferred RHP Oswald Medina to the Development List
4/13/2022 – RHP Micah Ottenbreit assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
4/13/2022 – FCL Phillies released RHP Mark Potter
4/12/2022 – Phillies placed RHP Corey Knebel on the 10-day IL
4/12/2022 – Phillies selected the contract of LHP Jeff Singer from Lehigh Valley
4/12/2022 – Phillies sent CF Odubel Herrera on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
4/11/2022 – Lehigh Valley placed RF Justin Williams on the 7-day IL
4/01/2022 – FCL Phillies released 1B Matt Goodheart
3/21/2022 – FCL Phillies activated C Edward Barboza from the restricted list
1/29/2022 – Phillies signed FA LHP Juan Amarante
12/14/2021 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Wilmer Blanco