Friday, December 18, 2015
Whole Lotta Transactions Roundup
Dan Otero is currently on waivers as he lost his 40 man roster spot due all the player movement last week in the Phils system. Hoping he makes it through.
Edward Mujica, Andrew Bailey, and Ernesto Frieri were all signed to minor league deals. Each has been a closer at various points in their careers, so it's no surprise they latched on with the Phils, seeing that they are closer-less after the Giles trade. They've all suffered through a rough couple seasons recently, but are low risk/high reward "gambles".
David Hernandez was inked to a 1 YR/$3.9M deal and hopes to take over the reigns in the 9th. He too has suffered through some rough seasons recently, so I don't understand why he gets a nice guaranteed contract, while Mujica, Bailey, and Frieri had to settle for minor league pacts.
The Giles trade was tweaked, outfielder Derek Fisher wasn't included, but former No. 1 pick Mark Appel was, as were two guys with the last name Aruz (no relation). Harold, a pitcher, went to the Phils, and Jonathan, a shortstop, went to the Astros.
JP Arencibia was signed to a minor league deal. The catcher has prodigious power, but strikes out more than an ugly 400 pound middle aged man at a club. With that said, I'd rather have him backing up Rupp than Chooch.
Also signed to minor league deals were infielder Angelys Nina and pitchers Greg Burke and Gregory Infante. Outfielder Tyler Goeddel and and lefty Daniel Stumpf were taken in the Rule 5 draft.