Category Archives: Weekly Discussion

Open Discussion: Week of February 18, 2018

Pitchers and catchers began last week in front of a small audience at the Carpenter Complex.  Monday their first full squad practice will be held, and the Phillies’ baseball world will return to normalcy for seven months.  #Phly Phillies Phly!

Another opinion on signing Arrieta.  This time from the Shredder!

The Phillies continue to sign players to minor league contracts who might help the team if they make the major league roster.

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of February 18, 2018

Open Discussion: Week of February 11, 2018

Finally.  The light at the end of the tunnel.  Pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater early this week, and their first workout is on Wednesday, February 14th.  Four dozen players have been seen at the Complex.

Yu Darvish came off the free agent board.  And, NO!  The Phillies shouldn’t run out and sign Jake Arrieta.  I’ll explain why.  Again.

The Phillies signed a couple more journeyman position players, a few minor league free agents, and another young player retired.

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of February 11, 2018

Open Discussion: Week of February 4, 2018

Pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater in ten days.  Over a couple dozen players are already here.

The hot  stove flame went out again, and collusion talk has turned to boycott talk.

The Commish has a another new plan for pace of play.

The Phillies signed a utility man, and a pitcher appears to be voluntarily retiring.

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of February 4, 2018

Open Discussion: Week of January 28, 2018

It’s just two-and-a-half weeks until pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater.  Some players are as anxious as we fans.

The hot  stove ratcheted up above a simmer as the Brewers engineered a blockbuster deal with the Marlins and then signed the biggest free agent deal so far this winter.  The Phillies, on the other hand, made a small splash with their own minor league free agent signing.

The Phillies announced some more international free agent acquisitions, and I found a dozen or so more that were posted to their transactions log recently from as far back as July 2017.

About 20 players are already in Clearwater, and another half dozen or more are expected to arrive this week.

The Phillies conducted a massive baseball operations meeting this week.

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of January 28, 2018

Open Discussion: Week of January 14, 2018

Still quiet on the hot stove front.

The Phillies came to terms with all their arbitration eligible players before the deadline.

The Phillies signed a free agent first baseman to a minor league contract.

Several young Phillies prospects attended the annual Prospect Education Program at Citizens Bank Park last week.
Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of January 14, 2018

Open Discussion: Week of January 7, 2018

The first week of 2018 was another quiet hot stove week for Phillies fans.

The Phillies finally announce some previously reported transactions and extend a first round of invitations to major league spring training.

The Phillies signed an 18-year old New Zealand pitcher.

Several young Phillies prospects attended the Rookie Career Development Program.

A Phillies big leaguer got in to trouble during the winter league playoffs.
Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of January 7, 2018

Open Discussion: Week of December 24th

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate.  Happy Holiday Season to all.  Very little Phillies’ activity this week.

The Phillies announced their minor league coaching staffs and development team.

A couple recent transactions have been finalized.

A handful of DSL players were released.  There’s a nice holiday present.

Phuture Phillies’ Reader Top 30 will begin this week. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of December 24th

Open Discussion: Week of December 17th

The Phillies’ hot stove season went from low to medium with some transactional activity at the Winter Meetings.  Their stove cranked up to high with a trade and free agent signing on Friday.

The Phillies finally completed their major league coaching staff when they announced their first base coach.

Phuture Phillies is prepared to begin its Reader Top 30, watch for the opening srticle. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of December 17th