Breaking Trade News:
As I was getting ready to post this on Monday news was breaking on twitter that the Philadelphia Phillies and Seattle Mariners have agreed in principle for a trade of SS Jean Segura as shown in the tweet below from Jim Salisbury.
More details to follow later today.
Other FA Notes:
Meanwhile the Philadelphia Phillies have still have not made a FA signing, but twitter, and more than a few beat writers, were woke when the intrepid Chris Jones AKA @long_drive, posted this on Thursday.
Patrick Corbin, 29, along with fellow LHP and former Phillie, J.A. Happ, are probably the biggest starting P FA’s out there. He posted an 11-7, 3.15 ERA record in 2018 in 33 starts as an Arizona Diamondback.. His main calling card is his slider, throwing it 40.9% of the time, with and opponents BA of .145 and .243 slugging, leading t0 246 Ks in 200 innings. It has been quite awhile since the Phils have had a top of the rotation lefty and would slot in very nicely behind Aaron Nola, and in front of Jake Arrieta.
Corbin left without signing, but it was the only “real” event this off season in this area. I do not, and will not post rumors here as the Phils have been tied to just about every significant FA by one “expert” or another. For now I will go w/ my main twitter reply to these, and all the political portends out there #IWBIWISI – I Will Believe I When I See It.
Friday at 8:00 PM was the deadline for the teams to make
1B Justin Bour, who had already cleared waivers and was not on the 40 man, and LHP Luis Avilan were not offered contracts. Neither of these were a surprise. By not outright releasing Bour, they did leave an option open to resign him, but with Carlos Santana and Rhys Hoskins likely to split time at 1B, barring a trade of Santana, Bour is not really in the Phillies plans. As for Avilan, the Phillies are looking at other LHP reliever FA’s so he is pretty much expendable, and does open up another spot on the 40 man.
All the rest of the Arby eligible players were offered contracts – RHPs Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez, Hector Neris, Jerad Eickhoff and Luis Garcia; LHP Adam Morgan; IFs Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco; and OF Aaron Altherr.
With these moves there are now 4 spots open in that 40 Man Roster.
It remains to be seen how many of these players will reach arbitration hearings as the Phillies are well know for taking care of most of these before they happen. The above is also not a clear indication of who will make the 25 man going north as we have a long way to go before those decisions need to be made.
It is still almost a week until the Winter Meetings start on Dec, 9th, which will include the Rule 5 Draft on the 13th. Minor trades and signings are starting to take place around MLB, but it is expected nothing big will happen before then.