The Philadelphia Phillies DFA Jimmy Cordero

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 21 November 2016 at 11:55 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 25-year old righty reliever Jimmy Cordero for assignment.  Cordero pitched in 22 games (0 starts) in Rookie+A+AA+AAA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 2-3 with 2 saves, a 5.00 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  He gave up 27 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 10 batters in his 27 innings in the minors last year.  Cordero has pitched in 115 games (5 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 10-12 with 4 saves, a 3.80 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Phillies.

UPDATE:  (11/23/2016) – The Phillies have traded Jimmy Cordero to the Washington Nationals for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.

 

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA David Buchanan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 21 November 2016 at 11:43 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 27-year old righty starting pitched David Buchanan for assignment.  Buchanan pitched in 27 games (26 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 10-9 with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  He last pitched for the Phillies in 2015 in the show.  He has pitched in 35 games (all starts) in his two years with the Phillies and he was 8-17 with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  Buchanan was passed up by a lot of other younger starters in the Phillies’ organization, so they are essentially doing him a favor by letting him go.  He shouldn’t have too hard of a problem finding a new team to pitch for on a minor league deal this winter.

UPDATE:  (11/23/2016) – The Philadelphia Phillies have released David Buchanan.

The Philadelphia Phillies lose Elvis Araujo on waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 21 November 2016 at 11:30 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have lost 25-year old lefty reliever Elvis Araujo on waivers to the Miami Marlins.  Araujo pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP.  He pitched in 72 games (0 starts) in his two years with the Phillies and he was 4-2 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.  Araujo took a big step back in 2016, but he is a lefty, so maybe the Phillies gave up on him too early.  But, they will find out for themselves if they gave up too early or right on time, as the Marlins play the Phillies 19 times every year.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Matt Harrison

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 16 November 2016 at 11:42 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have released 31-year old lefty starting pitcher Matt Harrison.  Harrison was acquired from the Texas Rangers in the deal that sent Cole Hamels to the Rangers two years ago.  He never pitched for the Phillies due to back surgery.  Harrison has pitched in 135 games (103 starts) in his first 8 years in the show and he is 50-35 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  Harrison has given up 704 hits and 234 walks while whiffing 408 batters in his first 668 1/3 innings so far in his Major League career.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Phillies.

Jeremy Hellickson accepts the qualifying offer of the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 14 November 2016 at 4:08 pm

29-year old righty starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has accepted the $17.2 million dollar qualifying offer that the Philadelphia Phillies gave him for the 2017 season.  He pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  Hellickson gave up 173 hits and 45 walks while whiffing 154 batters in his 189 innings for the Phillies last year.  Hellickson has now pitched in 174 games (167 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 61-58 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  This is a good thing for both Hellickson and the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Howie Kendrick from the Dodgers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Friday 11 November 2016 at 11:46 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired 33-year old righty swinging OF/2B Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Dodgers for 30-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Darin Ruf and 25-year old switch-hitting 2B/OF Darnell Sweeney.

Kendrick played in 146 games for the Dodgers last year and he was 124 of 487 (.255 avg, .691 OPS) with 65 run scored, 8 homers, 40 RBI and 10 stolen bases.  Kendrick has now played in 1,344 games in his first 11 years in the show and he is 1,465 of 5,068 (.289 avg, .749 OPS) with 663 runs scored, 95 homers, 595 RBI and 111 stolen bases.  He was an All-Star for the Los Angeles Angels in 2011.  Kendrick is penciled in as the starting LF for the Phillies right now, but things can change between now and spring training.  He could also still handle 2B defensively if the Phillies move Cesar Hernandez in a deal.

Ruf was blocked by Ryan Howard most of his career in Philly.  He played in 43 games for the Phillies last year and he was 17 of 83 (.205 avg, .573 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers and 9 RBI.  Ruf played in 286 games in his five years with the Phillies and he was 177 of 737 (.240 avg, .747 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 35 homers, 96 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Sweeney played in 118 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 93 of 400 (.233 avg, .644 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 6 homers, 35 RBI and 12 stolen bases.  Sweeney got his only taste of the show so far in his career in 2015 for the Phillies, when he played in 37 games in which he was 15 of 85 (.176 avg, .639 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 11 RBI.

I like this pickup for the Phillies, as Kendrick is a rock solid hitter that’s versatile in the field defensively.  Ruf and Sweeney didn’t have much of a future in Philly.

The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Pat Neshek from the Astros

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 5 November 2016 at 4:00 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired 36-year old righty reliever Pat Neshek from the Houston Astros for either a player to be named later or cash.  Neshek pitched in 60 games (0 starts) for the Astros last year and he was 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  He gave up 33 hits and walked 11 batters while whiffing 43 batters in his 47 innings for the Astros last year.  Neshek has now pitched in 423 games (0 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 28-19 with 7 saves, a 2.93 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  I like this move for the Phillies, as they needed help at the back end of the pen.  Neshek is nasty on righty batters due to his underhanded delivery!

The Philadelphia Phillies decline Charlie Morton’s 2017 option

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 9:53 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have declined 32-year old righty starting pitcher Charlie Morton‘s option for the 2017 season valued at $9.5 million bucks.  They will instead pay him a $1 million dollar buyout.  Morton pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Morton went down to a severely torn hamstring that required surgery to repair, ending his season.  Morton has now pitched in 162 games (161 starts) in his first 9 years in the show and he is 46-71 with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Morton shouldn’t have too hard of a time finding a new job this winter, providing that his hamstring checks out as healthy.  But, the Phillies won’t miss him too much moving forward.

The Philadelphia Phillies decline their option for Ryan Howard in 2017

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 9:48 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have declined their $23 million dollar option on 36-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard for the 2017 season.  Don’t feel too bad for Howard though, as he will get a $10 million dollar buyout from the Phillies as he heads into free agency this winter.  Howard played in 112 games for the Phillies last year and he was 65 of 331 (.196 avg, .710 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 25 homers and 59 RBI.  Howard played in 1,572 games in his 13 years with the Phillies and he was 1,475 of 5,707 (.258 avg, .859 OPS) with 848 runs scored, 382 homers, 1,194 RBI and 12 stolen bases.  Howard finishes his career with the Phillies #2 in franchise history with his 382 homers!  He is also #6 in SLG (.515), #19 in OPS (.859), #7 in games played (1,572), #13 in runs scored (848), #14 in hits (1,475), #10 in doubles (277), #3 in RBI (1,194) and he is #7 in walks (709) in Phillies’ history!  Howard was the N.L. Rookie of the Year in 2005 for the Phillies and he was the MVP of the National League in 2006!  He was an All-Star three times with the Phillies and he won a Silver Slugger Award with them.  Howard also helped the Phillies win the World Series in 2008!  Howard will likely be looking to hook on with an American League team as a DH over the winter.

Frank Herrmann has rejected an outright assignment to AAA by the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 29 October 2016 at 2:18 pm

32-year old righty reliever Frank Herrmann has rejected an outright assignment to AAA by the Philadelphia Phillies, so he will be a free agent this winter.  Herrmann pitched in 14 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 1-2 with a 8.40 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He gave up 20 hits (7 homers) and 5 walks while whiffing 14 batters in 15 innings for the Phillies last year, so he got hit really, really hard!  Herrmann has now pitched in 109 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the show and he is 5-3 with 1 save, a 4.72 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Phillies.

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