This past week for the Philadelphia Phillies was a combination of stayings, comings, and one definite going.
Phillies Coaching Announcements:
On Friday the team officially named Rick Kranitz as the Pitching Coach. At the same time they named Chris Young, as an assistant pitching Coach. He has previously worked with the Houston Astros, and the San Diego Padres as a Pro scout and Scouting supervisor. Young never pitched in MLB, but had a 3.54 ERA in 266 games (six starts) in six Minor League seasons, finishing his career in 2008 across the river for the Camden Riversharks.
It has also been widely reported that the Phils will also add Rob Thomson as bench coach. He has been with the New York Yankees since 2008 as a bench and 3rd base coach. The Phillies had to wait because Thompson was in the running for the Yankees managerial job, but that was not to be.
The only coaching position left after that is 1st base.
The only definite going was switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, who decided to go the FA route, and signed a MILB deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In the stayings department, Mark Appel and Alberto Tirado have both cleared waivers and have been outrighted to AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
On the MLB front, as noted last week Friday was the day for tendering contracts to their Arbitration eligible players.
As expected they made offers to SS Freddy Galvis, 2B Cesar Hernandez, 3B Maikel Franco, C Cameron Rupp and RHP Luis Garcia.
Franco and Garcia – who had his best season last year with a a 2.65 ERA in 66 appearances – are the most likely to still be on the team going into and through at least 2018. Galvis and Hernandez, while they are both MLB talents – Galvis probably should have won the Gold Glove in 2017, and is a team veteran and leader – could be in their last go-round as a Phillie with J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery, on their heels.
As for Rupp, with Andrew Knapp and Jorge Alfaro also on the 40-man roster, and Alfaro likely to stick as he is out of options, the Phils will have to decide if they want to go with three catchers.
“We can’t allow ourselves to fall into the trap of ‘the roster on Opening Day is the roster for the whole year,’ ” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said last month. “More than likely, we’re going to need more than two catchers. We’ve been very fortunate for the last two years to have health behind the plate. But that doesn’t always happen.
“Carrying three young catchers on the 40-man roster — if that’s what we end up doing — is really no trouble. Two of those players, Rupp and Knapp, have options. Alfaro is the only one who does not. It’s not ideal to option young players who we think are major-leaguers. But, the flexibility is there.”
All of the above arby-eligible guys are due sizeable raises next year, which is not really a problem for the Phillies money-wise. What is important, especially if they want to trade any of them, is to get them signed quickly and to a median amount, as they will be more attractive to other teams.
On a personal level, as anyone who follows me on twitter knows I am a huge Freddy Galvis fan, so I hope the Phillies find a way to keep him because I will dislike seeing him win his inevitable GG in another uniform.
The Winter meetings do not start until December 10th, so this could be a quiet week.