The Phillies officially announced the signing of RHP Taijuan Walker.
To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Tayler Scott was designated for assignment.
The Phillies reached an agreement with Walker during the winter meetings. Walker is coming off two 29-start seasons with the Mets. He averaged 158 innings, a 3.98 ERA, and a 99 ERA+. His numbers were better in his walk year – 3.49 ERA and 110 ERA+.
Tayler Scott was claimed from the Padres in September and made 4 appearances for 3.0 innings with the IronPigs and had a not-so-great 15.00 ERA in the small sample.
On December 10th, The Phillies bolstered their catcher corps before spring training with the signing of C Max McDowell to a minor league contract. McDowell was assigned to Reading on the 15th.
And finally, local boy Nick Ward was signed to a minor league contract today. Ward was invited to play in Australia at the suggestion of a friend of mine. Nick has taken advantage of the opportunity to earn the offer from the Phillies. He is leading the Austrian Baseball League or among the league leaders in most offensive categories. Stateside he is under contract to Washington in the Frontier League and the Phillies bought him out of the contract to sign him. He went to Unionville HS and West Chester University.
Phillies signed free agent LHP Matt Strahm raising the 40-man total to 40 players.
Phillies signed free agent SS Trea Turner raising the 40-man total to 39 players.
Phillies claimed RHP Noah Song off waivers from Boston in the major league portion of the Rule 5 Draft. He is serving in the Navy and will be placed on a Military List until his service commitment is completed or he is reassigned as a reservist. He won’t count against the 40-man roster.
The Phillies claimed 7 players during the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 Draft – SS Pedro Martinez off waivers from Bowling Green (TB), C Cody Roberts off waivers from Bowie (BAL), RHP Yoniel Ramirez off waivers from San Jose (SF), SS Cam Cannon off waivers from Worcester (BOS), RHP Trey Cobb off waivers from Syracuse (NYM), 2B Oliver Dunn off waivers from Somerset (NYY), and RHP Zach Linginfelter off waivers from Rocket City (LAA).
The Phillies lost 5 players – Omaha (KC) claimed SS Shervyen Newton, Louisville (CIN) claimed RHP Kyle Glogoski, Oklahoma City (LAD) claimed RHP Carlo Reyes, Iowa (CHC) claimed CF Jefferson Encarnacion, and Sugar Land (HOU) claimed RHP Manuel Urias.
Phillies claimed CF Jake Cave off waivers from Baltimore. He had to be placed on the 40-man roster raising the 40-man total to 38 players.
Phillies signed free agent SS Shervyen Newton to a minor league contract and assigned him to Reading (on 11/23/2022).
Phillies signed free agent C John Hicks to a minor league contract and assigned him to Reading.
Phillies selected the contract of OF Johan Rojas from Reading. He was the only prospect added to the 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 Draft raising the 40-man total to 37 players.
Reading activated RHP Blake Brown from the 60-day IL.
The Phillies activated RHP James McArthur and CF Simon Muzziotti from the 60-day Injury List.
27 players elected free agency – RHP Mark Appel, RHP Trevor Bettencourt, RHP Nick Duron, LHP Kent Emanuel, LHP Jace Fry, RHP Ofreidy Gomez, LHP Jonathan Hennigan, RHP James Marvel, LHP Braeden Ogle, RHP Bubby Rossman, LHP Ryan Sherriff, 2B Daniel Brito, SS Ali Castillo, 3B Yairo Munoz, 1B Josh Ockimey, 2B Daniel Robertson, RF Jorge Bonifacio, LF Dustin Peterson, CF Chris Sharpe, RF Justin Williams, RHP Joel Cesar, 1B Aldrem Corredor, SS Jonathan Guzman, 2B Wendell Rijo, SS Kevin Vicuna, LF Josh Stephen, RHP Andrew Brown.
The Phillies signed free agent LHP Wesley Moore to a minor league contract.
They also activated 13 players – RHP Tyler Phillips, 3B Matt Kroon, LHP Spencer Van Scoyoc, SS Casey Martin, LHP Jhordany Mezquita, CF Yhoswar Garcia, RHP Tommy McCollum, RHP Eduar Segovia, RHP Micah Ottenbreit, RHP Nathan Karaffa, OF Gavin Tonkel, RHP DrewGarrett, and OF Gabriel Rincones Jr. from either the 60-day or Full Season Injury Lists.
The Phillies claimed RHP Luis Ortiz and LHP Andrew Vasquez off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. Both are relievers.
The Phillies outrighted four pitchers and an infielder: RHP Mark Appel, RHP Hans Crouse, LHP Kent Emanuel, LHP Damon Jones, and infielder Yairo Munoz.
Jersey Shore activated RHP Chase Antle from the Full Season IL and RHP Christian McGowan and RHP Tom Sutera from the 60-day injured list. Clearwater activated RHP Buddy Hayward and CF Jefferson Encarnacion from the 60-day injured list. FCL Phillies activated LHP Danny Wilkinson from the 60-day injured list. DSL Phillies White activated SS Kilwer Colmenares from the 60-day injured list.
Jean Segura and Zach Eflin elected free agency.
The Philles saw six players elect free agency – RHP Corey Knebel, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP David Robertson, RHP Kyle Gibson, LHP Brad Hand, and RHP Chris Devenski.
The Phillies exercised Aaron Nola’s option. declined Jean Segura’s option, and saw Zach Eflin decline his option.
1 thought on “Walker Transactions Announced”
No tears lost for Taylor Scott being dropped. Probably 10 pitchers in our minor leagues could have the same stats.
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