Someone finally lit the burner under the hot stove season. Shohei Otani picked a team and Giancarlo Stanton accepted a trade. Hopefully this will encourage some more trades and free agent signings.
The Phillies signed a prospect and cleared some space on their 40-man roster before heading to Orlando for the Winter Meetings. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of December 10th
The hot stove season continues, but there has been little action on the trade front.
The Phillies tendered contracts to their arbitration eligible players and announced some additional changes to the major league coaching staff. They also announced a lot of front office promotions and hires.
Shohei Ohtani has finally posted and has identified the some of the teams he has and hasn’t interest in.
The Stanton situation has moved to a new level of discourse.
Teams prepare for the Winter Meetings next week.
Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of December 3rd
The hot stove season continues. There was a flurry of transactions as the Phillies set their 40-man roster before the November 20th deadline.
The Phillies added an assistant hitting coach to the major league staff.
Former Phillies RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was killed in a car accident in his native Cuba.
The commissioner levied penalties against the Atlanta Braves for international signing violations.
Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 26th
A sad week for Phillies’ fans as a memorial service for Roy Halladay was held in Clearwater.
As the hot stove season continues, there was very little public movement by the Phillies at the GM meeting Orlando, FL. It’s probable that the somber week was responsible for the relative lack of announcements by the Phillies.
Late Friday, the Phillies announced the hiring of another coach to Gabe Kapler’s staff.
There were no player transactions as the Phillies approach Monday’s deadline for adding players to the 40-man roster to avoid being eligible for the Rule 5 draft.
The deadline for the nine players who received qualifying offers has passed.
Fifteen of the 16 Phillies’ minor players who were eligible opted for free agency.
Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 19th
The hot stove season continues. The GMs meeting begins tomorrow in Orlando, FL.
I’ve been watching a lot of MLB Hot Stove this week. They scroll each team’s KEY FA across the bottom of the screen during the show along with some other baseball information. The Phillies KEY FA are RHP Clay Buchholz, 3B Andres Blanco, LF Daniel Nava, and OF Hyun Soo Kim. Every time I see this I can’t help but smile. I think it’s the use of the word KEY. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 12th
The hot stove season is starting to heat up. Organizations and players are making decisions regarding qualifying offers, options, and free agency. Four Phillies have already opted for free agency – RHP Clay Buchholz, 3B Andres Blanco, LF Daniel Nava, and OF Hyun Soo Kim. Pedro Florimon, who just came off the 60-day DL is the only other potential free agent on the 40-man roster. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 5th
Congratulations to the Houston Astros. Now, let’s get the off season rolling.
This is a special mid-week edition of the weekly open discussion. This week’s discussion auto-published before I could edit and manually post. I had some things going on and which were compounded when the internet was unavailable Sunday night. So, a couple things I wanted to include were left out. So, here they are. Continue reading Open Discussion: Mid-Week November 1st
Just one or two more games left in the season and we can officially start baseball’s hot stove season. Then we will get a welcome break from all baseball stories centering on the Dodgers and Astros, and we we will return to baseball normalcy where all the stories are about the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Cubs with a smattering of releases about the Rangers, Cardinals, Astros, and Stanton. And of course, those cheatin’ bastards, the Braves. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 29th
The world series participants became set when the Houston Astros defeated the “evil empire” Saturday night. They joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fall classic. The first time 100-win teams will face each other since 1970 – Baltimore (108) and Cincinnati (102). Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 22nd
The playoffs are further along, and I still don’t care. However, the Washington Nationals saw their window of opportunity close a little more with another early exit from the playoffs. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of October 15th