This week in Philadelphia Phillies land, a Scout was honored, a Rule 5 Draft was selected, and then traded, and they signed a former NL MVP FA OF.
FA OF Signed:
But not that one.
Instead a totally unrumored signing, which made me happy on its own, was that of OF Andrew McCutchen. I have coveted him for years, and just hope they are not too late on him. The agreement was announced on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings for three years, $50M, including a $15M club option, and a $3M buyout for 2022. Not a lot of money these days for an everyday OF who can still hit.
“Cutch” is a lifetime .287 BA/ .378 OBP/ .481 SLG/ .859 OPS, 223 HR, 323 2B, 790 RBI. He can also take a BB with the best of them 780 ot them.
Last season with the San Francisco Giants, and the New York Yankees, his average was down to .253, but his OBP was up working 95 BB, while still hitting 20 HR, and knocking in 65. His other numbers were comparable. Playing 81 games at CBP can only help his power numbers.
He could be that veteran presence lost when Carlos Santana moved on, and certainly solidifies the move of Rhys Hoskins to first base. McCutchen can play either LF or RF, and that will be determined in part by whether they can sign that other former NL MVP OF.
Of course this would not be the interwebs age without the obligatory Instagram video.
Winter Meetings Honor:
On Wednesday, Phillies Super Scout Sal Agostinelli was honored with the International Scout of the Year award. This kudo has much meaning as it was voted on by his fellow scouts.
Agostinelli has been with the club since 1993, after playing the last four years of his MiLB career, in the Phillies organization. The highlight of his career has to be signing a certain Panamanian catcher, Carlos Ruiz, for $8,000.
Rule 5 Catch and Release:
For the second year in a row the Phillies selected a Rule 5 player, only to trade him away for International money. With the 11th pick they picked 2B/SS Drew Jackson (Los Angeles Dodgers No. 19). They then traded him to the Baltimore Orioles for an undisclosed amount of International money. I am sure the aforementioned Sal is happy about that.
Except for any FA signings, it is a quiet time on the MLB calendar as the Holidays approach. I would not expect at least the Bryce/Manny deals to happen before next year at this point. Every day the team is reported to be looking at one player or another, and sitings abound on twitter, but you all know I am in #IWBIWISI mode until something real is announced.