In a startlingly inconsequential move, the Phillies have traded RHP Severino Gonzalez to the Marlins for cash or a Player to be Named Later. A move seemed imminent as Gonzalez was designated for assignment following the last week’s signing of Michael Saunders. The former Phillies top ten prospect has sputtered in his two years in the Majors, posting an ERA just below 7 in 66 innings split between the rotation and the bullpen.
UPDATE: According to Matt Gelb, the deal is worth $7.5 million.
According to Jim Salisbury, the Phillies have reached an agreement with right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit, pending a physical. Benoit split last season almost evenly between the Mariners and the Blue Jays. He was terrible in Seattle and amazing in Toronto, and the main culprit (as these things usually go) was an increased walk rate and home run rate in Seattle. Taken as a whole, his last season was not very different from his prior seasons, once you account for his advanced age. I think it would be unwise to expect better than the 2.81 ERA he posted over 48 innings in 2017.
Roman Quinn was drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the first-year player draft, on June 2, 2011. The team drafted the speedy high school shortstop with the 66th overall pick, the one gained as compensation for the Nationals’ signing of Jayson Werth the previous offseason. On June 2, 2011, the Phillies were 34-22, with the best record in the National League. They held a two game lead for that title over the Florida Marlins.
The night before the draft the Phillies had lost 2-1 to the Nationals, leaving Roy Oswalt saddled with the tough luck loss. The night after the draft, Jimmy Rollins stole two bases and Chase Utley knocked him in as the go-ahead run in support of Cole Hamels‘ eight inning gem. Danys Baez would lose the game in the twelfth. Antonio Bastardo and Michael Stutes relieved in both games. Mickey Moniak had turned 13 years old just two weeks earlier.
So this is fun.
#Phillies have recalled C Jorge Alfaro and OF Roman Quinn from Reading (AA).
— Phillies (@Phillies) September 11, 2016
And as if that weren’t enough, Quinn will be in the starting lineup against the Nationals this afternoon batting second and playing center field. To date, the Phillies September call-ups have primarily been unexciting bullpen arms and increasingly veteran role players like Darin Ruf and Cody Asche. But with Reading’s elimination from the postseason last night, two of the Phillies top prospects have finally gotten the call.
Last night, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs were eliminated from the postseason and the newest batch of September roster reinforcements are headed to join the Phillies as a result.
#Phillies have recalled OF Cody Asche, RHP Luis Garcia & RHP Phil Klein from Lehigh Valley.
— Phillies (@Phillies) September 10, 2016
Additionally, INF Taylor Featherston has been designated for assignment, & LHP Joely Rodriguez had his contract selected from Lehigh Valley.
— Phillies (@Phillies) September 10, 2016
Aaron Nola‘s 2016 season is officially over.
#Phillies have transferred Aaron Nola to 60-day DL, optioned Elvis Araujo to Lehigh Valley, & selected the contract of RHP Frank Herrmann.
— Phillies (@Phillies) August 17, 2016
It’s important to remember that moving players to the 60-day disabled list at this point in the season is more procedural than anything else. This doesn’t necessarily mean Aaron Nola’s prognosis is any worse or better than it was when the injury was first announced, only that the team is prepared to accept that he will not be returning before the end of the 2016 season. [UPDATE: His official diagnosis has now been described as a “mild UCL sprain and mild flexor strain.”] Moving him to the 60-day frees up a spot on the 40-man roster which will now be taken by relief pitcher Frank Herrmann.
Here we go again.
#Phillies have placed RHP Zach Eflin on the 15-day DL with patellar tendinopathy in both knees.
— Phillies (@Phillies) August 9, 2016
On the plus side, it’s not an arm injury for Zach Eflin. On the other, knees are a thing you definitely need in order to pitch effectively. Just as with Nola, it’s possible a trip to the disabled list so close to the end of the season may effectively end Eflin’s season here. Across Triple-A and the majors, he’s accumulated 131.2 innings, exactly the same innings total as he had last year in Double-A.
#Phillies have placed RHP Aaron Nola on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain and recalled RHP Phil Klein from Lehigh Valley.
— Phillies (@Phillies) August 3, 2016
Aaron Nola has been struggling on and off (mostly on) for two months now in ways that indicated something bigger was at play. The hope was that it was mechanical or mental, but the reality we’re now being presented with is that it’s injury related. This news is accompanied by a somewhat worrisome velocity decline in his most recent starts:
It would’ve made for a great story, but Andrew Bailey‘s comeback attempt with the Phillies has come to a sadly predictable conclusion.
#Phillies have designated RHP Andrew Bailey for assignment and recalled RHP Luis Garcia from Lehigh Valley (AAA).
— Phillies (@Phillies) August 2, 2016
Bailey began the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and found immediate success — 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 10 K — before being called up to the Phillies at the end of April. His time with the Phillies can be split into remarkably divergent halves — through June 3rd and since June 3rd.