Thursday, January 05, 2017

Phillies Player Movement Update

New Additions:
1. Clay Buchholz/SP via trade with Red Sox. Buchholz is sometimes awesome, sometimes mediocre, and sometimes f'n awful. The 32 year old right-hander has had a roller coaster career, coming off a blah season with the BoSox (4.78 ERA/1.33 WHIP in 139.1 IP). I'm not a big fan of the deal, because it will block one of Jake Thompson, Zach Eflin, Alec Asher, or Ben Lively from taking the bump every 5th day with the Phillies. However, Buchholz could easily bounce back and become prime trade bait come July. For his 10 year career, he owns a 81-61 record with a 3.96 ERA/1.30 WHIP over 1167.2 IP.
2. Bryan Holaday/C via minor league contract. He'll challenge Jorge Alfaro and Andrew Knapp for backup duties to incumbent starter behind the dish - Cameron Rupp.  Over his 5 MLB seasons, Holaday has played in 152 G and hit .245/.628, so he's nothing to get excited about.
3. Cesar Ramos/LHP via minor league contract. Another veteran lefty reliever added to the competition this spring, along with Sean Burnett and Joely Rodriguez. Ramos was a disaster last season with the Rangers (6.04 ERA/1.68 WHIP), but has done reasonably well over his 8 years MLB (4.02 ERA/1.40 WHIP in 267 G and 346.2 IP).

Barely Knew Ye:
1. Richie Shaffer was claimed off waivers by the Phillies then waived by the Phillies to be picked up by Reds.
2. David Rollins suffered the same fate at Shaffer, coming and going quickly, being swiped up by the Rangers.


GM-Carson said...

White Sox just put Jason Coats on waivers. He's an outfielder that has hit at every level of minors (.287/.795 in 479 games over 4 seasons). He reached the Majors last year and hit like a rookie in a small sample size (.200/.638 in 28 games). He can play all 3 outfield spots, bats right-handed, and is set to turn 27 in February. I'd like to see him added to the 40-man roster in place of Severino Gonzalez or Luis Garcia.

Meanwhile, the ChiSox inked Cody Asche to a minor league deal.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Pedro Beato signed to minor league pact. Once a mediocre MLB reliever, the 30 year old has been toiling in Triple-A past 2 seasons, but with solid results (2.65ish ERA over the past 2 years).

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