The baseball offseason continues.
Baseball’s Winter meetings have started. Let’s hope there is more news than the free agents signing minor league contracts that we’ve listened to so far. But, don’t hold your breath waiting for a Phillies’ announcement. While I expected the Phillies would have liked to have announced a shortstop deal by now, market fluctuations may have created the need for a different strategy.
Zach Eflin signed a three-year deal with Tampa. Good for Eflin. He got starter money. This has zero impact on the Phillies. They were never going to offer three years or guarantee a starting role.
It’s no secret that the Phillies are looking for an elite shortstop. They are in every rumor that the agents start and the writers report. And, rumors abound as the agents and writers try and add to the list of suitors daily.
Recently, it was reported that two of the perennial top buyers, the Dodgers and the Yankees, may opt to fill long-term shortstop openings either internally or with a short contract while waiting for near-ready prospects to be ready. Remove the two biggest spenders and the market changes. It may be prudent to wait for the market to stabilize. In any event, the Phillies are on every agent’s wish list. They will sign a shortstop, eventually.
Not much is happening. A few more signings. Still, no one in whom the Phillies have a strong interest has signed. The DeGrom contract may have the effect of pulling up the salaries of even the backend starters.
The Phillies claimed an outfielder, Jake Cave, off waivers. He’s another left-handed hitting outfielder. He’s not likely a threat to the active roster. His attraction is that he has a split major-league contract that offers a larger salary on the minor league portion. This is supposed to discourage other teams from claiming the player as he passes through waivers and to encourage the player to accept an outright to the minors at a salary he’s not likely to approach if he declares free agency.
- 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.
12/02/2022 – Phillies claimed CF Jake Cave off waivers from Baltimore
You may have noticed that the new free agents were 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.
Rule 5 eligible players –
- 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,
Infielders: 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.