The Phillies signed some more minor league contracts today and it got me wondering: what would a bullpen look like of only minor league contract signings? I’m not sure there is a way to research this, but if we think about it logically, a team would have to have extraordinary luck in order to have, and maintain, a bullpen strictly of pitchers no one else wanted to give guaranteed money to.
Right now, if the Phillies were to do this, they would end up with at least some decent options in Hector Rondon, maybe Neftali Feliz, Bryan Mitchell and Ivan Nova. Those aren’t great options, maybe not even good ones, but if each one hit his 90th percentile outcome, that’s got to be really good right?
Eh, just ignore me. Minor league deals never work out.
On to the links.
- The team added some minor league pitching depth while also maintaining some interest in an interesting utility name.
- Another edition of a guess at the final roster will look like has come out.
- And here’s another one ($).
- As the team gives J.T. Realmuto a five-year deal, you have to wonder how he is going to age. It’s a big part of the equation for the team.
- Mickey Callaway is a scumbag, another in an unfortunate list of scumbags that are employed in the game. Now he’s suspended, hopefully soon to be unemployed.
- Chris Archer has signed with the Tampa Bay Rays, making the trade for him all the more ugly for the Pirates.
- A possible Phillies target has ended up in Cincinnati. Probably retribution for signing Didi.
- The Rockies made it official today, sending Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals. Their owner had a press conference about it and, well, maybe he shouldn’t have.