The recent rumors around Tomas are that he’s getting impatient and wants to sign with a team as soon as possible, but he’s being advised to remain patient to try and cash in on a massive payday. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan has been informed that the Phillies, Giants, Padres, Braves, Royals, Mariners, and Diamondbacks are still in the running to try to sign the young slugger. Kiley McDaniel of Fangraph’s hears that the Padres won’t go much past $70M for a contract. Only the Phillies and Giants have payrolls committed to $100+M dollars out of those seven teams. I can’t see the Giants pushing a nine-figure contract in front of Tomas. If I’m the Phillies, I offer a 7-year, $85M dollar contract with a $15M signing bonus and an opt out after year four. Backload the deal so that contract looks similar to this: $4M in ’15, $6.5M in ’16, $10M in ’17, $10.5M in ’18 and $13M from ’19-’21. You use Citizens Bank Park’s small dimensions as a selling point over AT&T Park’s massive dimensions. If the Giants want to push nine figures, go ahead and let them. Just a thought.
As the final roster moves are made, we can begin to prepare for the Rule V Draft on December 11th. In less than three weeks, the Phillies will have the opportunity to select someone who could be a long-term help. Players like Johan Santana, Shane Victorino, and David Ortiz were all examples of how some talent just slips through the system. The Phillies added LHSPs Jesse Biddle and Adam Morgan, and RHRP Nefi Ogando to their 40-man roster to protect them from being lost. Once Jerome Williams is added, the 40-man roster will have two openings.
A trade could still happen, and some teams are facing roster crunches now. The Boston Red Sox, a frequent destination in Cole Hamels trade rumors, has a full roster. They will have to either trade talent or attempt to pass them through waivers if they are to sign free agents linked to them such as Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester. Updating our list from last night, barring any trades or designation for assignment, the draft to close out MLB’s Winter Meetings looks like this:
Arizona(40) Colorado(40) Texas(40)
- Houston (39)
Minnesota(40) Boston(40) Chicago (AL)(40)
- Chicago (NL) (39)
Decisions, decisions. Expect to see a series of roster shuffling and waiver claims on Thursday. No, not the kind that is franchise altering, but the kind that help fill positions of depth and even possibly long-term solutions. Teams have until 11:59 PM EST to protect eligible draft players by adding them to their 40-man roster. Eligible players include any player that first signed at age 18 or younger and have five or more years in the minors. Players who signed at age 19 or older are limited to just four years of development time before needing to be added to the 40-man roster. The Phillies, as of time of post, are currently sitting at 34 people on their 40-man roster and the only prospect in their top 20, according to MLB.com, is LHSP Jesse Biddle.
There are currently eleven top 100 prospects that need to be added to their respective rosters and a total of seventy-one total prospects that are on a team’s top 20 organizational prospects. Once the roster adjustments come thru, we’ll start narrowing down who the Phillies should consider taking on Thursday, December 11th. The Phillies currently hold the 9th pick in the draft. The draft order prior to the Phillies is as follows, followed by current number on the 40-man roster and the number of players that need to be protected in parenthesis.
- Arizona Diamondbacks (37, 2)
- Colorado Rockies (40, 2)
- Texas Rangers (40, 2)
- Houston Astros (38, 3)
- Minnesota Twins (36, 3)
- Boston Red Sox (36, 3)
- Chicago White Sox (37, 2)
- Chicago Cubs (38, 1)
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Ah, the Hot Stove is in full swing. Hot Stove is back on MLB Network. MLB rumors are blowing up on Twitter. Record/stupid contracts are being tossed at players like they are Cracker Jacks. You gotta love the MLB offseason. Not even just as a Phillies fan, but as a fan of the game. Some moves have WOW-ed, while others make you go, “What?”. It’s been a bit, but let’s push forward with wheels and deals. I am including the catcher position in the middle infield category as it is in the infield, and considered “up the middle”. Plus, I didn’t think it warranted its own post. Plus, I’m going to be updating my thoughts on a previous trade in the summary section. Read the rest of this entry »
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Saturday, December 6 will be the Phillies’ annual tree lighting festivities at Citizens Bank Park. The event is at the Majestic Clubhouse Store from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, and parking is free. Here is a list of the day’s events:
- Phillies Charities Memorabilia Sale
- Meet and Greet with Chris Wheeler, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
- Take your photo with the Phillie Phanatic (as Phanta Claus), 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (bring your own camera)
- Book signing with Len Epstein, illustrator of the Phillie Phanatic’s Children’s Book Series, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
- Book signing with Larry Shenk, author of If These Walls Could Talk, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
- Visit the dugout and take your holiday photo on the field, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (first 500 fans, weather permitting, bring your own camera)
- Christmas tree and ballpark lighting with carolers, ball girls, and the Phanatic, 5:00 pm
Today, the Miami Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton agreed to a $325 million, 13-year contract. Stanton can opt out after six years, and he has a no-trade clause in place. Jeffrey Loria, Miami’s owner, remarks that the “landmark moment for the franchise and Giancarlo” is “for the city and fans to rally around.” Did Loria miss the memo that Miami still doesn’t care about their baseball team? Certifiably insane business deal aside, who does he think he’s kidding? If a brand new stadium – with fish tanks, folks -couldn’t draw a crowd, I don’t know that Stanton and his $150,000+ per game will. The Fish only have seven fans, and I’m pretty sure one of them is Giancarlo’s mom. Don’t kid yourself, Loria.
It’s no secret that I find these kinda of hyper-inflated contacts to be ridiculous. It’s not even the money that seems the craziest – it’s the number of years. This all started with the likes of Jayson Werth and his Boras-drawn contract with Washington. It only got worse when the Angels signed Albert Pujols for $240 million over ten years – plus a boatload of extras. Now, Giancarlo Stanton has the the largest MLB contract in history – for the time being.
Stanton just turned 25 – a lot can change between now and when he’s 38. If he’s able to tear the leather off the ball the same way 13 years from now, I’ll eat my hat, but these contacts have gotten out of control. I wonder how this makes minor leaguers feel – we’d love to have them come up, but there’s barely any payroll left. Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate that Stanton is one hell of a hitter – in 2014 his numbers were .288/37/105 – but I’ve yet to see him sprout wings and fly or breathe fire. 105 RBIs or not, a commitment of $325 million until after my first grader graduates high school is ludicrous.