The hot stove season plods along.
The Phillies are very likely done with the free-agent market. But, they did manage a trade that will bolster the bullpen. They acquired hard-throwing, left-handed reliever Gregory Soto and utility man Koby Clemens for three players from the back end of their 40-man roster – Donny Sands, Matt Vierling, and Nick Maton.
The trade deletes half of their bench. We’ll see if they fill from within or make a move (trade or signing) that adds improvement around the edges.
Thirty-five days until pitchers and catchers report.
Rumors, Facts, and Fiction
Players are beginning to arrive at the Complex. Injured players are back to continue their rehabilitation to playing form. And, a special camp is being run for a select group of participants. I don’t recall if it is referred to as a “High Performance” or “Strength and Conditioning” camp. In either case, I expect there will be very little work in the way of baseball drills. We’ll start our spring training tomorrow and I will report activities and attendees when I can.
- 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 13, 2023: Pitchers and catchers participating in the WBC report to their MLB camps.
- February 16, 2023: Position players participating in the 2023 report to their MLB camps.
- February 16, 2023: Pitchers and catchers report to ST.
- February 21, 2023: Position players report to ST. https://www.springtrainingcountdown.com/
- February 24/25, 2023: Start of minor league ST
- 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.
1/07/2023 – Detroit traded LHP Gregory Soto and 2B Kody Clemens to Phillies for OF Matt Vierling, SS Nick Maton, and C Donny Sands
1/06/2023 – Phillies signed FA RHP Jon Duplantier to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
1/04/2023 – Phillies designated RHP Francisco Morales for assignment
1/04/2023 – Phillies designated RHP Vinny Nittoli for assignment
1/04/2023 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Craig Kimbrel
1/04/2023 – Chicago Cubs traded RHP Erich Uelmen to Phillies for cash