The Philadelphia Phillies DFA Humberto Quintero

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 25 July 2013 at 9:48 am

The Phillies have designated 33-year old righty swinging catcher Humberto Quintero for assignment.  Quintero has played in 16 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 16 for 64 (.250 avg, .700 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 9 RBIs.  He has now played in 446 games in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 300 of 1,277 (.235 avg, .595 OPS) with 90 runs scored, 18 homers, 122 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The Phillies hope that Quintero clears waivers and accepts an outright assignment to AAA, as they probably would like to keep him around as both Carlos Ruiz and Erik Kratz have missed time due to injury so far this year.

UPDATE:  (7/26/2013) – Humberto Quintero has cleared waivers, but he has elected to become a free agent.  He shouldn’t have much of a problem finding a new job.

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired John McDonald from the Indians

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 1:43 pm

The Phillies have acquired 38-year old righty swinging infielder John McDonald from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  McDonald has played in 24 games this year with the Pirates and Indians and he is 2 for 38 (.053 avg, .242 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  McDonald has now played in 978 games in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 549 of 2,327 (.236 avg, .601 OPS) with 266 runs scored, 27 homers, 202 RBIs and 33 stolen bases.  McDonald is a wizard with the glove, so look for him to do most of his work with Philly as a defensive replacement.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Mike MacDougal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 6:13 pm

The Phillies have signed 36-year old righty reliever Mike MacDougal to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 17 games (0 starts) for the Reds in AAA-ball earlier this year and he was 0-1 with a 5.49 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.  MacDougal last pitched in the majors back in 2012 with the Dodgers.  MacDougal has now pitched in 407 games (3 starts) in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 18-23 with 71 saves, a 4.00 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  If MacDougal looks good, he might not spend much time in AAA, as the Phillies need help in the pen right now.

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA Michael Martinez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 22 June 2013 at 12:42 pm

The Phillies have designated 30-year old switch-hitting infielder Michael Martinez for assignment.  Martinez played in 6 games for the Phillies this year and he was 0 for 4 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 1 run scored.  He played in 139 games in his three years with the Phillies and he was 61 of 328 (.186 avg, .506 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 5 homers, 31 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Martinez will probably clear waivers and accept an outright assignment to AAA, because infielders that flat out can’t hit are not big time commodities on the open market.

UPDATE:  (6/24/2013) – Michael Martinez has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign infielder Andy Gonzalez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 1 June 2013 at 9:39 am

The Phillies have signed 31-year old righty swinging infielder Andy Gonzalez to a minor league deal.  Gonzalez played in 21 games in Independent ball this year and he was 21 for 77 (.273 avg, .649 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He last played in the majors back in 2009 with the Florida Marlins.  Gonzalez has played in 91 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 41 of 225 (.182 avg, .539 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 3 homers, 13 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Gonzalez will provide depth in the minors in the middle infield for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Chad Durbin

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 1 June 2013 at 9:35 am

The Phillies have released 35-year old righty reliever Chad Durbin.  Durbin pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.13 WHIP.  Durbin pitched in 210 games (0 starts) in his four years with the Phillies and he was 12-7 with 3 saves, a 3.98 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  Durbin did the best work of his major league career with the Phillies, but he was pretty awful this year.  The Phillies should be o.k. without him moving forward.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Carlos Zambrano

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 15 May 2013 at 1:39 pm

The Phillies have signed 31-year old righty starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 35 games (20 starts) for the Marlins last year and he was 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  Zambrano has now pitched in 354 games (302 starts) in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 132-91 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Zambrano has a July 1st opt out date in his minor league deal with the Phillies.  This is a nice low risk/high reward signing for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies call up Tyler Cloyd

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 10 May 2013 at 8:53 am

The Phillies will call up 25-year old righty starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd tonight to start against the Diamondbacks tonight.  He will get the first shot to replace Roy Halladay in the starting rotation.  Cloyd pitched in 6 games (all starts) in AAA-ball this year and he was 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  Cloyd got his first taste of the majors for the Phillies last year when he started 6 games in which he was 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Cloyd came into this season as the Phillies’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America and they hope that he’s up for the challenge.

The Philadelphia Phillies release outfielder Ronnie Weltz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 7 May 2013 at 12:37 pm

The Phillies have released 25-year old righty swinging outfielder Ronnie Weltz.  Weltz played in 15 games in AA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 6 for 37 (.162 avg, .463 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Weltz has played in 534 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 536 of 1,906 (.281 avg, .820 OPS) with 293 runs scored, 68 homers, 310 RBIs and 49 stolen bases.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Phillies moving forward.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Greg Smith to a minor league deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 6 May 2013 at 10:36 am

The Phillies have signed 29-year old lefty starting pitcher Greg Smith and they have assigned him to AAA.  Smith pitched in 28 games (27 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 11-11 with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  Smith last pitched in the majors in 2010 with the Rockies.  Smith has pitched in 40 games (all starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 8-18 with a 4.51 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Smith might get a shot with the Phillies later on in 2013 if he looks good in AAA-ball.

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