Another week went by without the Philadelphia Phillies making any Free Agent moves, only 16 FA’s have signed out of the 164 listed on ESPN‘s FA tracker, but they did make two trades, as well as some news on the radio broadcasting team.
Hello and Goodbye Part 1:
As I posted last week just as I was about to go “to press”, the Phillies traded 1B Carlos Santana and SS J. P. Crawford to the Seattle Mariners for SS Jean Segura. In the deal the Phils also got relievers LHP James Pazos and RHP Juan Nicasio.
The obvious import of the deal is that it makes room for Rhys Hoskins to move back to 1B, as well as getting a lifetime .287/.327/.404/.731 hitter who has batted over .300 the last three seasons. Last season Segura was an all star batting .304/.341/.415/.755. His ability to put the ball in play will be a big lift to whatever the 2019 batting order will wind up being. There is also the added benefit of clearing Santana’s contract off the books.
In Nicasio, you get an eight year steady veteran in the pen, while Pazos brings over a K an inning, 116/112, stuff from the left side.
if Segura is any kind of player he has been over his career, and either or both of these pitchers work out on the roster or even as trade bait, this will be a very good deal for the Phillies.
Hello and Goodbye Part 2:
The second deal of the week came on Thursday when the Phillies and LA Angels, swapped relievers. Incoming is LHP Jose Alvarez. Gone is RHP Luis Garcia.
Garcia, 31, was the longest tenured Phillie at six seasons, but had a so-so year last season, 3-1, 6.07 ERA in 59 games. It is clear though the Phils are looking to beef up their LHP corps, and Alvarez, 29, should help. While he did very well last season against LH batters, .206/.265/.338, he was no slouch against right-handers either, .232/.321/.303. Both players are in their 2nd year of arbitration.
Should be another upgrade for the Phils.
End of the Three Kevins Era:
In typical 2010’s fashion the Phillies tweeted the below regarding the 2019 radio broadcasting team.
This will put an end to the use of the two other ex-Phillie Kevins, Kevin Stocker, and Kevin Jordan.
Another good move by the Phillies as Frandsen seemed the best at the job consistently among the three.
MLB Winter Meetings 2018
The 2018 Winter Meetings began on Sunday 12/9/18, and go through Thursday 12/13/18. Most of the meetings between teams and player agents take place Monday thru Wednesday.
First up on Sunday though, was the announcement by the Today’s Game Era Committee, that Harold Baines and Lee Smith were elected to the 2019 Hall Of Fame class. They were chosen from a ballot that included Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel, along with Albert Belle, Carter, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, Davey Johnson, Lou Piniella, and George Steinbrenner.
Rule 5 draft:
On the final day of the meetings, the Rule 5 draft takes place. Most likely the Phils will not select anyone as they are more concentrating on FA and trades, but they may lose some prospects.
Of the five top 30 prospects they could have added to the 40 man roster to protect, that I noted in my post of 11/19, three of them were left unprotected.
12. Daniel Brito, IF, 16. Jose Gomez, IF and 27. Tom Eshelman, RHP, 2017 MiLB Pitcher of the Year in the Phillies organization.
Obviously a deal can go down at any time, and once again I will report what actually happens, not what #JoeInterWebsSportsGuy says “industry sources” told him.