Phillies Discussion, 7/8/24 (2024)

This is your current Phillies Discussion.

Ugly series, eh? Going into Atlanta, I hoped the Phillies could “steal” one from the Braves. When they won Friday, I got greedy and hoped to split the remaining two games. Unfortunately, the Phillies offense, or lack thereof, was exposed. Oh well, hopefully, Schwarber is activated Tuesday with Harper not too far behind if he’s not activated with Schwarber.

Congratulations to the franchise record seven Phillies selected for the All-Star Game – Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, Alec Bohm, Zack Wheeler, Ranger Suarez, Matt Strahm, and Jeff Hoffman.

The Phillies are 14-13 since their 3-game sweep of Milwaukee that preceded their series with the Mets in London. Injuries to Harper and Schwarber have exposed the Phillies bench for what most of you thought they were. (Although the team has been 5-4 without Schwarber and Harper.) Stubbs and Marchan have done a respectable filling in for Realmuto. But, after the active roster returns to the “normal” 26 players, the Phillies should look very closely at their 3-man bench.

Since it is highly unlikely that the Phillies will part ways with any of their starting infielders, their catcher, their DH, or their corner outfielders (no matter what fan sentiment is about RF), that leaves tweaking the bench as the likely way to improve the offense. Of CF Rojas, backup catcher Stubbs, and the bench of Sosa, Merrifield, and Pache, Sosa is probably safe due to his positional flexibility. Stubbs is also likely safe from a trade acquisition. The Phillies brain trust may consider an internal move with Marchan, but I don’t think so. That leaves Rojas as a trade chip and Merrifield and Pache as possible DFAs or even releases.

Picking up a corner who didn’t cost Rojas could send Marsh to starting CF in a platoon-like situation with Rojas and make Pache expendable. If the deal did cost Rojas, I would still try to upgrade both Merrifield and Pache.

They could probably use another depth starting pitcher at Lehigh Valley. With Mercado and Phillips up with the big squad, an improved Kolby Allard might be the next man up.

Another reliever would be nice. While Max Lazar is an interesting solution, DD would really like someone with major league experience. He’s already brought up 2 rookies. I think a mid-level reliever along the lines of a JoJo Romero would fit the bill.

Just some random thoughts. I wanted to give you a new discussion. Comments are up at 200 on the last one.

Important Dates

  • January 13, 2024: Salary Arbitration Exchange Date
  • January 15, 2024, 9:00 a.m. ET: Opening of the 2024 International Signing Period
  • February 14, 2024: Voluntary Report Date for Pitchers and Catchers
  • February 19, 2024: Voluntary Report Date for Position Players
  • March 2, 2024: First date to renew Major League contracts
  • March 3, 2024: First date clubs may ask waivers on selected Rule 5 or draft-excluded players
  • March 8, 2024: First date clubs may assign draft-excluded players
  • March 11, 2024: Last date to renew Major League contracts
    • March 11, 2024, 2:00 p.m. ET: Last date to request UR waivers to owe 30 days’ termination pay
  • March 12, 2024: UR waivers requested 3/12 through 3/26, Club will owe player 45 days’ termination pay
    • March 12, 2024: Last date to assign injured player to a Minor League club, if applicable
  • March 18, 2024: Last date XX(B) players signed to a Minor League UPC qualifies for opt-outs
  • March 19, 2024: Earliest date a player may be placed on the 60-day Injured or the Minor League Full Season List
  • March 23, 2024: XX(B) Minor League player may require release if not added to the 26-man roster
  • March 24, 2024: The earliest date that a Club may backdate a placement on the 7-day Concussion Injured List
    • March 24, 2024: Last date to request UR Waivers to owe 45 days’ termination pay (before 2 pm ET).
  • March 25, 2024: The earliest date that a Club may backdate a placement on the 10 or 15-day Injured List
    • March 25, 2024: Last day to request OR waivers prior to Opening Day
  • March 26, 2024: Last day to request UR waivers prior to Opening Day
  • March 28, 2024: Official opening of 2024 season; rosters reduced to 26 (13 pitchers) by Noon ET
    • March 28, 2024: After noon, optional assignments begin to count towards the annual option limit of 5
  • March 29, 2024: Triple-A Opening Day; Domestic Reserve List limit reduced to 165
  • March 31, 2024: First date 7-day Injured List players may be reinstated, if applicable
  • April 4, 2024: First date 10-day Injured List players may be reinstated, if applicable
  • April 7, 2024: First date optioned players may be recalled, if applicable
  • April 9, 2024: First date 15-day Injured List players may be reinstated, if applicable
  • April 11, 2024: First date optioned pitchers may be recalled, if applicable
  • May 1, 2024: XX(B) Minor League player may require his release if he is not added to the Active Roster
  • May 4, 2024: Start of the Florida Complex League
  • May 15, 2024: Earliest date Clubs may re-sign Major League players they released after August 31, 2023
  • May 27, 2024: First date that players on the 60-day Injured List may be reinstated
  • June 1, 2024: XX(B) Minor League player may require release if not added to Active Roster
  • June 3, 2024: Start of the Dominican Summer League
  • June 8-9, 2024: MLB London Series (Mets vs. Phillies)
  • June 15, 2024: First date Clubs may trade a XX(B) player without his consent
  • June 17-22, 2024: MLB Draft Combine, Phoenix, AZ
  • July 7, 2024: Start of the Closed Period for the 2024 MLB First-Year Player Draft
  • July 13, 2024: 2024 MLB All-Star Futures Game, Arlington, TX
  • July 14-16, 2024: 2024 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Arlington, TX
  • July 15, 2024: 2024 T-Mobile Home Run Derby, Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
  • July 16, 2024: 2024 MLB All-Star Game, Arlington, TX
  • July 19-22, 2024: Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
  • July 25, 2024: End of the Florida Complex League regular season
  • July 30, 2024, 6:00 p.m. ET: Trade deadline
  • August 1, 2024, 5:00 p.m. ET: Signing deadline for drafted players – (First -Year Player Draft)
  • August 15, 2024: Last date to select a player to avoid draft-excluded status
  • August 30, 2024: Unconditional release waivers must be requested by 2 p.m. ET to avoid May 15, 2025 signing restriction
  • August 31, 2024: Post-season eligibility lists are established at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • September 1, 2024: Active Major League player limit increased to 28 and 14 pitchers
  • September 6, 2024: Players optioned today through the end of the season accrue MLS while optioned
  • September 8, 2024: End of Jersey Shore’s regular season
    • September 8, 2024: End of Clearwater’s regular season
  • September 15, 2024: End of Reading’s regular season
  • September 22, 2024: End of Lehigh Valley’s regular season
  • September 29, 2024: End of the Phillies’ regular season
    • September 29, 2024: Last weekend date waivers will be processed until next Spring Training
    • September 29, 2024: Last day of the 2024 championship season
  • September 30, 2024: All players on optional assignment must be recalled
    • September 30, 2024: All players on the 7-day, 10-day and 15-day Injured Lists must be reinstated
    • September 30, 2024: Minor League UPCs may now be traded between Major League Clubs
    • September 30, 2024: Injured players may now be assigned to the Minor Leagues until Nov. 19, if permissible
  • October 30, 2024: Article XX(D) Free Agency period. 48 hours following the last game for Postseason teams
  • AFTER the WORLD SERIES
    • 1st Day After: Eligible XX(B) players become free agents (start of the quiet period)
      • First date players may be traded between Major League Clubs
    • 4th Day After: Last date to request waivers on draft-excluded players until next spring
    • 5th Day After: Last date to outright potential Minor League free agent without Major League contract, if applicable
      • Last date for former Club to tender qualifying offer to XX(B) players, if applicable
      • Domestic Minor League Player Limit increases to 175 players
      • Minor League players become free agents at 5:00 p.m. ET, if applicable
      • End of Quiet period, XX(B) free agents may sign with any Club
      • All players on the 60-day Injured List (Major and Minor) and Full-Season Injured Lists must be reinstated
  • November 1, 2024: Deadline for the 2025 International Player Registration Period
  • November 15, 2024: Last date to ask Outright Waivers on an injured player, if applicable
  • November 19, 2024: Last date to outright an injured player to the Minor Leagues, if applicable
    • November 19, 2024: XX(B) players decide to accept qualifying offer from former Club by 4:00 p.m. ET. if applicable
    • November 19, 2024: Reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels filed by 6:00 p.m. ET (all Transactions MUST be entered by 5:30 p.m. ET)
  • November 22, 2024: Tender Deadline
  • December 1, 2024: Release of the 2025 International Registered Players List
  • December 4, 2024: Last date to request Outright Waivers to assign player prior to Rule 5 Draft
  • December 7-11, 2024: Baseball Winter Meetings, Dallas, TX
  • December 8, 2024: Last date to outright a player prior to the Rule 5 Draft
  • December 10, 2024: MLB Draft Lottery.
  • December 11, 2024: Major League Rule 5 Draft – Winter Meetings, Dallas, TX
  • December 15, 2024: End of 2024 International Signing Period
  • Note: These dates will be used unless notified differently.

Transactions

July 2024
7/06/2024 – Jersey Shore transferred RHP Jaydenn Estanista to the Development List
7/06/2024 – Jersey Shore activated RHP Eiberson Castellano from the 7-day IL
7/05/2024 – Phillies transferred RHP Luis F. Ortiz from the 15- to the 60-day IL, left ankle sprain
7/05/2024 – Phillies optioned RHP Yunior Marte to Lehigh Valley
7/05/2024 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Tyler Phillips from Lehigh Valley
7/05/2024 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Ricardo Pinto from the Development List
7/05/2024 – Reading sent RHP Christian McGowan on a rehab assignment to FCL Phillies
7/05/2024 – Reading sent OF Gabriel Rincones Jr. on a rehab assignment to FCL Phillies
7/04/2024 – Lehigh Valley transferred SS Rodolfo Castro from the 7- to the 60-day IL
7/04/2024 – Jersey Shore transferred OF Ricardo Rosario from the 7- to the 60-day IL
7/04/2024 – Clearwater transferred RHP Josh Bortka to the Development List
7/04/2024 – Clearwater activated OF TJayy Walton from the 7-day IL
7/04/2024 – RHP Danyony Pulido assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
7/04/2024 – FCL Phillies transferred RHP Cam Brown from the 7- to the 60-day IL
7/04/2024 – DSL Phillies Red placed OF Jalvin Arias on the 7-day IL retroactive to 7/3
7/03/2024 – OF A.J. Shaver assigned to Lehigh Valley from Clearwater
7/03/2024 – Lehigh Valley transferred RHP Ricardo Pinto to the Development List
7/03/2024 – Lehigh Valley released RHP Zac Houston
7/03/2024 – RHP Eury Ramos assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/03/2024 – Reading activated OF Cade Fergus from the 7-day IL
7/03/2024 – Reading transferred C Arturo De Freitas to the Development List
7/03/2024 – Reading activated RHP Dominic Pipkin from the 60-day IL
7/03/2024 – Clearwater activated RHP Jake Eddington from the 7-day IL
7/03/2024 – CF Yemal Flores assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
7/03/2024 – C Brahian Silva assigned to FCL Phillies from DSL Phillies Red
7/03/2024 – RHP Eliecer Bata assigned to FCL Phillies from DSL Phillies White
7/03/2024 – DSL Phillies White released C Dervin Andrade
7/02/2024 – Lehigh Valley placed 3B Matt Kroon on the 7-day IL retroactive to 7/1
7/02/2024 – Lehigh Valley activated 3B Esteban Quiroz from the 7-day IL
7/02/2024 – Jersey Shore sent LHP Jordan Fowler on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
7/02/2024 – 2B Leonardo Rondon assigned to Jersey Shore from FCL Phillies
7/01/2024 – Phillies signed FA C Josh Breaux to an MiLB contract
7/01/2024 – RHP Max Castillo assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/01/2024 – C Josh Breaux assigned to Reading
7/01/2024 – RHP Andrew Baker assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
7/01/2024 – Reading released 1B Bryce Ball
7/01/2024 – Reading transferred RHP Konnor Ash to the Development List
7/01/2024 – Reading activated C Arturo De Freitas from the Development List
7/01/2024 – RHP Paxton Thompson assigned to Jersey Shore from Clearwater
7/01/2024 – DSL Phillies White activated RHP Juan Duarte from the restricted list

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