The winds of change swept through the Phillies organization last October, as Matt Klentak was named the organization’s new General Manager. Perhaps as would be expected for the worst projected team in baseball, the Phillies were tied with Klentak’s former employer (the Angels) for the most waiver wire claims of the offseason (seven).
These claims consisted of two outfielders and five relievers, the former of which figure to feature prominently in the opening day outfield mix. The pitchers selected will compete in Spring Training for jobs, with the hope that some of these unassuming relievers can slide through waivers a second time without being claimed, addressing the lack of immediate AAA relief depth in the organization.
These moves haven’t come without a cost – the Marlins were able to claim RHP Nefi Ogando and the Pirates were able to claim and trade for LHP Jesse Biddle, two pitchers with higher upside than these players, in part because the Phillies prioritized the relievers claimed in this way.
However, these players are of some modest interest, so below is a summary of what can be expected from these players in 2016.