The baseball offseason continues.
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday and the endless hours of football all weekend long. I have no vested interest in the teams that played, but all three I rooted for lost. Then there was the weekend slate of rivalry games. The Big Ten is still trying to sell PSU-MSU as a big rivalry. I remember when their big Thanksgiving rivalry game was Pitt. I sat in the snow for a couple of those games. Saw some guy named Dorsett punish the Nittany Lions. I particularly enjoyed the 4 top ten upsets. Love to see those monkey wrenches thrown at the committee.
We (I) had to endure this because the baseball news outlets have nothing to report. So they are giving us proposed deals for players who are not on the trade block (Brian Reynolds). Or, they hint at deadline deals that did not happen (Joey Gallo).
But, that’s what we have to live with until free agents start signing.
Dave Dombrowski was extended for three years thru the 2027 season. I know some of you think he might have a “Nashville Opt Out”. I, on the other hand, took this as an indication that expansion into US cities has been tabled and MLB is looking at expansion into Canada and Mexico first. Like maybe Montreal and Mexico City.
Bryce Harper had his surgery and the Phillies announced that he could be hitting competitively by mid-May, I think. The timeline was somewhat ambiguous. I took the full announcement to mean that he would face live pitching at the Complex or with the Threshers in May and be in the major league lineup before the All-Star break. I’m sure it will be much discussed over the coming months. We’ll have a clearer picture soon.
Not much is happening. The few players who have signed have had no real impact on the Phillies’ intentions. I would hope they lock up Correa before the winter meetings. Or Turner. Or Bogaerts. Or some relievers. Or a RF for one year, just in case (doesn’t have to be a big name).
The Phillies signed another minor league free agent.
- 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.
11/23/2022 – SS Shervyen Newton assigned to Reading
11/22/2022 – Phillies signed free agent SS Shervyen Newton to a minor league contract
11/09/2022 – LHP Wesley Moore assigned to FCL Phillies
11/08/2022 – Jersey Shore activated RHP Chase Antle from the Full Season IL
11/08/2022 – Jersey Shore activated RHP Christian McGowan from the 60-day injured list
11/08/2022 – Jersey Shore activated RHP Tom Sutera from the 60-day injured list
11/08/2022 – Clearwater activated RHP Buddy Hayward from the 60-day injured list
11/08/2022 – Clearwater activated CF Jefferson Encarnacion from the 60-day injured list
11/08/2022 – FCL Phillies activated LHP Danny Wilkinson from the 60-day injured list
11/08/2022 – DSL Phillies White activated SS Kilwer Colmenares from the 60-day injured list
These older transactions hadn’t been posted until this week. They have cleared the injury list for all of our teams. The only players not in active status are a handful on the restricted list – Reading’s David Parkinson and Chris Cornelius, the FCL’s Jake McKenna and Scott Parker, and DSL White’s Joalbert Angulo. The RL isn’t always used for drug-related offenses. One of its uses is to act as a placeholder for guys who have voluntarily retired or who just didn’t show up in the spring. I think that is more likely the case for the stateside players.
You may have noticed that the new free agents are assigned to Reading. I think that indicates that the minor league players they are protecting from the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 Draft have already been placed on the Lehigh Valley roster. We haven’t seen these transactions the past few years. Lehigh has 16 players on their roster. The Phillies can elect to protect up to another 22 players, 23 if they reassign Scott Kingery to Reading. There’s little chance he is selected with his contract.
Eligible players were listed in the October 15, 2022 article, Phillies’ Rule 5 Class, 2022. Those in the article include –
- LHP: Damon Jones, Jakob Hernandez, Jhordany Mezquita, David Parkinson, Zach Warren, Keylan Killgore, Taylor Lehman, Ethan Lindow, Gabriel Yanez, Erubiel Armenta, Gabriel Cotto, Maikel Garrido, Josh Hendrickson, Brian Marconi, Rafael Marcano, Jordi Martinez, Erik Miller, Spencer Van Scoyoc,
- RHP: Matt Seelinger, Hans Crouse, Carlos Betancourt, Colton Eastman, Luis Gomez, Cristian Hernandez, Tyler McKay, Jack Perkins, Tom Sutera, Victor Vargas, Aidan Anderson, Albertus Barber, Starlyn Castillo, Carlos A. Francisco, Kyle Glogoski, Adam Leverett, McKinley Moore, Nicoly Pina, Dominic Pipkin, Carlo Reyes, Andrew Schultz, Brett Schulze, Eduar Segovia, Manuel Urias, Wilson Valdez,
Catchers: Jack Conley, Nick Matera, Arturo De Freitas, Vito Friscia, Herbert Iser,
Infielder: Will Toffey, Matt Kroon, Madison Stokes, Chris Cornelius, Wilfredo Flores, Sal Gozzo, Kendall Simmons, McCarthy Tatum, Rixon Wingrove,
Outfielders: Carlos De La Cruz, Jeff Encarnacion.
Any player eligible for the draft can be selected and placed on any affiliated team. He doesn’t have to be placed on the Triple-A squad.