Crash Bag #5: Investing in Prospects

Did you know the Phillies signed Jake Arrieta this week, because they did. It means there are no questions this week about whether the Phillies should sign Jake Arrieta. Instead this week I go on a tangent about paying minor leaguers. Also look for exciting site developments next week.

@andrew_pantano: What would be the first steps to creating a fair-pay minor league system?

Before getting into logistics, I want to make a few things clear. Minor leaguers are only paid during the season so no offseason or spring training. Minor leaguers are not subject to minimum wage laws. The salaries of minor leaguers are paid by the major league club and not the minor league team. College baseball rarely give out full scholarships due to limits on number of scholarships per team. Continue reading…

Jerad Eickhoff Out For 6-8 Weeks With Lat Injury

It has been less than a week since the Phillies made a major rotation upgrade, and already there are chinks in the solidified pitching staff.

This is a bigger blow for long term implications that it is for the Phillies in the immediate future. This is a similar injury to the one that caused Eickhoff to miss time last year. After the 2016 season, it looked like Eickhoff might be a 180-200 innings workhorse, and now there are real questions about his ability to stay healthy. With Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta in the rotation the Phillies were already going to be in need of innings from their bullpen, this opens up a larger burden on the pen to cover innings this year, and potentially in the future. It is also fair to worry about what Eickhoff’s success will be when he gets back on the mound. Continue reading…