The looming Winter Meetings and news involving other NL East teams are the bulk of the news this past week for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Phillies prepare for Winter Meetings:
In advance of the Winter Meetings which started yesterday, and the impending Rule 5 Draft, which takes place on Thursday December 14th, the Phillies unofficially have cleared two spots on their 40 man roster. Multiple sources have reported that OF Cameron Perkins and IF Engelb Vielma were placed on outright waivers. Both could return if they clear, and most likely would be in the minors come 2018, if they do.
Perkins, an internet semi-sensation for his “Dab” celebrations, was not so sensational at the plate, batting .182 in 2017 and a .237 OBP in 88 AB’s. Vielma was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants in November.
Other NL East news impacting the Phillies:
On Tuesday the Phillies announced the signing of C Abrahan Gutierrez, who had been freed from his Atlanta Braves contract. The reason he was available was the punishment handed down to Atlanta for International Violations which caused them to have 12 players from the 2015 and 2016 international signing classes be declared restricted FAs, among other restrictions.
He is far from seeing any MLB action as the 17 yr old, 6-2, 214 lbs, played in the GCL this past summer hitting .264 with a .676 OPS.
Miami Marlins Fire Sale:
Among other moves by the Miami Marlins, it is being reported that GianCarlo Stanton is being traded to the New York Yankees. The deal which led to this by one of my favorite twitter follows below
would send 2B Starlin Castro to Miami, as well as prospects RHP Jorge Guzman, and IF Jose Devers. It is also reported that $30M will be transferred to the Yankees as well.
A press conference to announce the trade officially is slated for today.
On Thursday the Fish also traded away CF Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners for RHP Nick Neidert, RHP Robert Dugger and SS Chris Torres.
It appears, that once again the Miami Marlins out of necessity, if not complete and utter disdain they have for the few real “fans” they have left, are dumping assets as needed. That can only help the Phillies in the short term, and only time will tell whether new owner Derek Jeter‘s and his co owners plans work, if that will hold in the future.
On the positive side for the Phillies, they will only face Stanton three times at CBP next season, 6/25-6/27/17. Unless of course a 2009 rematch is in the offing this October.
As noted above the winter meetings have begun, so there should be more to report next week.
Now more than ever, until then
#FlyEaglesFly Go E-A-G-L-E-S-EAGLES!