Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Some Smart Minor League Signings

Amaro has acknowledged that his resources might be tapped out and any improvements will likely come in the form of the minor league contract variety.  The thought makes me sick to my stomach looking at the current projected roster, but at least he made some smart minor league signings today.

Seaon O'Sullivan adds depth to the pitching staff as he could start or relieve.  The 26 year old right-hander has pitched with the Angels, Royals, and Padres over parts of 4 MLB seasons to not so great results (10-16, 5.89 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 218.2 IP).

Tony Gwynn Jr. is a fantastic defensive outfielder and could possibly serve as an upgrade over Mayberry.  The 31 year old is obviously the son of former Hall of Fame Padre Tony Gwynn.  Unlike his father, he can't hit.  Over 7 seasons with the Brewers, Padres, and Dodgers he's hit .244/.630 with 77 stolen bases.


Dave Sappelt, another outfielder, is 26 years old and has seen action over the past 3 seasons with the Reds and Cubs.  In 95 games he's hit .251/.644 and .293/.774 in the minors.

Old buddy Lou Marson is back in the fold.  He was sent to Cleveland as part of the package to land Cliff Lee, but has returned to serve as a security catcher in the minors. Lou is now 27 years old and has been in the Majors for 6 seasons, but has only hit .219/.609 and has turned into a capable defensive backstop.

There you have it...the hope for the 2014 Phillies.

*To make room for Roberto Fausto Hernandez Carmona on the 40-man roster, the Phils designated catcher Sebastian Valle for assignment.

10 comments:

Morak99 said...

Yawn.

Phillies Gallery said...

Another Junior? Is Gary Matthews Jr. still active?

GM-Carson said...

Yawn the remainder of the offseason, followed by bitching all next season.

Morak99 said...

I'm exited about the 2015 draft though.

Bob D said...

I'm still hoping for another SP, RP, and OF to be signed.

I think I maybe disappointed this offseason.

SirAlden said...

That is right Bob D.

A SP, RP, and OF with everyone healthy and the Phillies have a really good team.

The Ownership not coughing up the last $24M to get 2 out of those 3 is Heinous.

Heinous. Rube is just window dressing - a Flack Catcher for a Salary.

Bob D said...

There is still another month+ left to sign players, and there are a number of relievers and a few starters left that are worth taking. But outfielders are scarce that would be an upgrade.

i think signing Marlon Byrd was a good move, however I feel that in the OF they should not stop there. They really could use another player to complement the group they have.

They may get lucky and some better players will lose the market and they could get Choo or Garza dirt cheap. Or hit the Powerball Mega Millions and buy a team.

Morak99 said...

Choo to Rangers for 7/$130. Phils could have used him, but for that price, I think they dodged a bullet.

GM-Carson said...

Go sign Grant Balfour on a cheap 1 year incentive laden contract.

Offer a minor league flier to Mark Mulder too, who could comeback and go Jamie Moyer on baseball by reinventing himself.

Too low risk/high reward moves that could really help.

Bob D said...

I agree, just don't sell the farm.

This team could do really well (as long as a few players are added) or could tank. But for the most part this team will be here for the next 2 yrs