The baseball offseason continues. Rumors abound but big name free agents haven’t begun switching teams. The biggest stories so far are the big contracts relievers are getting to re-sign with their former teams and who’s not being tendered a contract.
Bryce Harper will have surgery on his injured arm. He could be back in a DH role before the All Star break. I remember Andrew Knapp’s similar surgery on his throwing arm. He DH-ed for the Class High-A Clearwater Threshers for a month. He was terrible. He played almost 30 games before hitting his first HR. He was returned to the Class-A Lakewood BlueClaws the next day and was behind the plate soon after.
The Phillies added CF Johan Rojas to their 40-man roster. He was the only addition and brought their total to 37 players on their roster.
The Phillies reached a contract agreement with RHP Sam Coonrod. The parties are reported to have agreed on a $775,000 contract. Coonrod missed most of the 2022 season with a shoulder strain. He gave up eleven runs in seven September appearances, was optioned on September 21st, and was not considered for any post-season rosters.
Five other arbitration-eligible players were tendered contracts – Rhys Hoskins ($12.6M/$11M), José Alvarado ($3.2M/$3.5M), Ranger Suárez ($3.5M/$2.6M), Seranthony Domínguez ($2M/$2.25M), and Edmundo Sosa ($1M/$1.25M). (MLBTR/Cot’s)
Coonrod’s salary is guaranteed this year due to a new agreement within the new CBA. Prior to the new agreement, players who reached an agreement on a contract without going to arbitration could be released during spring training and only receive a portion of their agreed upon contract. If released before the season starts, players like Coonrod who avoided arbitration will receive their full salary.
Remember, fans tend to value their prospects higher than others. Don’t be upset that more prospects weren’t added to the 40-man roster. If they had warranted protection, they would have been protected.
You don’t just put a player on the roster because there is a vacant spot. That actually reduces the value of a marginal prospect. It limits the team’s ability to trade that player because the other team has to have an open spot on their roster or move a player off to make room.
The Phillies shopped prospects t the trade deadline. The ones in which other teams had an interest were traded (and two were added to their teams’ 40-man rosters – O’Hoppe and Brown). The players the Phillies did not protect this week drew no interest at the deadline, zip, zero, nada. The Phillies are banking on that lack of interest continuing.
The Phillies submitted their 40-man roster this week.
The Phillies tendered contracts to their remaining arbitration-eligible players.
The Phillies had no qualifying offers outstanding.
The next major key dates are the Winter Meetings and the Rule 5 Draft.
- November 15, 2022: Deadline to submit 40-man rosters before the Rule 5 Draft.
- November 18, 2022: Non-tender Deadline – The last day for teams to offer 2023 contracts to arb eligible players. Non-tendered players become free agents.
- November 20, 2022: Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers.
- December 4-7, 2022: The 2022 Winter Meetings will take place in San Diego.
- December 7, 2022: Rule 5 Draft
- December 15, 2022: Close of the 2021-2022 international signing period.
- January 13, 2023: Deadline for teams and players to submit salary figures for arbitration.
- January 15, 2023: Opening of the 2022-2023 international signing period.
- February 25, 2023: Phillies First Spring Training Game (split squad)
- March 30, 2023: Season Opener at Texas Rangers
- April 6, 2023: Home Opener v. Cincinnati Reds
- July 2023: Rule 4 Amateur Draft
- December 15, 2023: Close of the 2022-2023 international signing period.
11/16/2022 – C John Hicks assigned to Reading
11/16/2022 – Phillies signed free agent C John Hicks to a minor league contract
11/15/2022 – Phillies selected the contract of OF Johan Rojas from Reading
Last fall, I created 259 prospect profiles. I started updating them last week. Over 60 players were removed from the prospect listings. Four earned enough time with the Phillies to graduate from the prospect label, and sixty others left the organization. Sixty. A couple via trades, a couple more retirements, about twenty free agency elections, and the rest releases. I hadn’t realized how many players were released during the season.