Manuel says nothing close on the trade front

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Manuel says nothing close on the trade front

ST. LOUIS – Recent efforts by Phillies management to trade for a backup outfielder have been unsuccessful. So with Domonic Brown down for at least two days and undergoing tests for a concussion (see story), the Phillies were forced to bring Michael Martinez back to the majors for a third time this season on Wednesday.

Martinez, a .186 hitter in 139 big-league games, passed through waivers unclaimed last month. He was hitting .298 with a .358 on-base percentage in 62 games at Triple A this season, but had just four hits in his last 27 at-bats.

“I think that’s about what we had,” said manager Charlie Manuel, sounding uninspired by the addition of Martinez. “They said he’s playing good and that’s what they sent us.”

In addition to looking for outfield help, the Phils have talked to a number of clubs about acquiring a reliever. Those attempts have so far been unsuccessful. The Phils entered Wednesday night’s game against the Cardinals having lost three straight games to fall to two games under .500. If they don't rack up some wins in a hurry, management could trade off talent before next week’s trade deadline.

“In order for us to make a run, we have to play really, really good,” Manuel said. “We have to win a high percentage of games. It’s kind of tough for us. We better play like hell.”

Though the wind seems to be blowing in the “sell” direction, Manuel said the Phils have tried to acquire help through trades.

Does he believe anything is close?

“No, I don’t,” he said. “Because I think they are talking to every team in baseball, but we’re not close as far as I hear. We’re not really close on deals. I’ve always told you guys I don’t get excited about talking. Talking ain’t (crap), if you want to know the truth. Talking ain’t nothing. It’s when you have a deal and they say, ‘We made a trade.’ That’s when you’ve got something.

“I think it depends on how much interest teams have in our guys. The closer it gets to the deadline, that’s when we’re going to find out how much someone is willing to part with. There’s just a lot of fishing right now.”

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

The Phillies tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players on Friday night and set another free.
 
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis were tendered contracts for the 2017 season while outfielder Cody Asche was let go after four seasons with the club. 
 
The Phillies signaled their intention to let Asche go when they designated him for assignment, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster, on Friday afternoon. The club had the option of trading Asche — and likely had discussions with other clubs — but ultimately decided to non-tender him before the 8 p.m. deadline. The move made Asche a free agent.
 
The Phils had removed Asche from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for David Rollins, a left-handed reliever who was claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday (see story)
 
Galvis and Hernandez, the team’s regular shortstop and second baseman, respectively, were certain to receive contracts for 2017. Gomez was less certain. He saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but struggled badly late in the season.
 
Phillies officials will try to negotiate 2017 salaries with all three players. If an agreement cannot be reached with a player, an arbitration hearing will be held later in the winter to determine that player’s salary for the coming season.
 
Gomez made $1.4 million in 2016, Galvis $2 million and Hernandez $525,000. According to mlbtraderumors.com, Gomez projects to make $4.6 million in arbitration, Galvis $4.4 million and Hernandez $2.5 million. 

The Phillies' roster is full at 40.

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Cody Asche's time with the Phillies has come to an end.

The Phillies claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Asche was designated for assignment. The Phillies had until 8 p.m. on Friday to tender a contract to the outfielder, but they instead chose to free up the roster spot for Rollins.

Asche played four seasons with the Phillies from 2013-16 after he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011. The St. Charles, Mo. native had a .213/.284/.350 batting line this past season over 71 games. His best season with the Phillies came as their starting third baseman in 2014, hitting 10 home runs and driving home 46 runs in 121 games.

Rollins has been on four different rosters this offseason. He pitched 31 games in relief for the Seattle Mariners over the last two seasons, sporting a 7.60 ERA over 34 1/3 innings. He was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs 15 days after the World Series and then subsequently claimed again by the Rangers. 

Rollins was a 24th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 MLB Draft and was traded a year later to the Houston Astros. Prior to the 2015 season, the Mariners picked Rollins in the Rule 5 draft after the Astros chose not to protect him.