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Phillies make some moves to add to the 40-man roster

Just who are these guys?

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Late Wednesday night, presumably before the 8:00 p.m. deadline to do so, the Phillies added some names to their 40 man roster ahead of the freeze before the Rule V draft.

Had you been following the Phillies’ minor league systems, their protection of Jojo Romero and Mauricio Llovera shouldn’t be all that surprising. Both represent good depth for the team to have and stand at least a shot of making the major league bullpen during spring training. It’s Garrett Cleavinger that might be a bit surprising. However, maybe we shouldn’t be all that surprised.

If you have a left-handed reliever that is pumping upper 90s heat and looks (small sample size) to have found at least some control, that’s exactly the type of guy who will get chosen in the Rule V draft. The Phillies must be convinced that the control is no longer an issue.

Surprisingly, prospect Rafael Marchan was left off, thus exposing him to the draft, but as Winkelman earlier noted, that shouldn’t be that much of a surprise.

As Zolecki noted, the team stands at 39 players on the 40 man roster headed to the Thanksgiving holiday.

I’ll expect the Gerrit Cole announcement on Friday.