One issue the Phillies had last year was their seeming inability to sign veterans to minor league deals. Usually when veterans do this, they do so because they see a path to the major leagues with the team they are signing the minor league deal with. Otherwise, they’d go somewhere else. The Phillies had trouble doing so last year because their bullpen looked pretty well locked in, meaning roles at the major league level were going to be scarce. This year, they’ve already made one minor league signing. Wonder how many more there will be.
On to the links.
- That minor league signing the Phillies made was Jose Ruiz, a right hander who spent time with Arizona last season.
- Where were you 135 years ago? Well, if you were in Philadelphia, you’d know that the Phillies were not for sale, even for the haughty price of $50,000.
- The Cardinals added their third pitcher of the offseason, signing Sonny Gray to a three year, $75 million deal.
- Japanese pitcher Shota Imanaga has been posted by NPB for MLB teams to bid on. Expect a lot of competition.
- Seems that Cincinnati was in strong on Gray and has inquired about Tyler Glasnow from Tampa Bay.