Remember how much fun October baseball was in this city just a few years ago?
Even though I am watching this year’s postseason, it’s just not the same when your hometown team is not involved.
The Phillies had a great run from 2007-2011, but now with them on the outside looking in, you really appreciate the good times. The Atlanta Braves have reached the postseason 17 times since 1991, including this year, and yet they have only one World Series Championship just like the Phillies during that time.
As much as Phillies fans want to see their team make the playoffs, I can’t imagine what this city would be saying if the the club had not won a playoff series in 12 years after qualifying nine times since 2000 like the Braves.
Making the playoffs is a great accomplishment, but every team’s goal is a championship. As we learned from 2008, it is generally a slow process to reach the ultimate prize.
This is such a critical offseason for the Phillies as Ruben Amaro Jr. attempts to add some pieces to a veteran-laden squad. It can be done if you spend wisely.
Look at the Los Angeles Dodgers and how they successfully rebuilt that franchise with some key signings along with homegrown talent. After a dreadful 30-42 start, the Dodgers have won almost 70 percent of their games since -- including the playoffs. The payoff is a trip to the National League Championship series.
What kind of payoff will the Phillies enjoy in 2014? October is a great month to live in Philadelphia with favorable weather and a colorful landscape as the trees begin to change, but nothing beats playoff baseball at Citizens Bank Park. The excitement in the sports complex is never better than in the postseason. Watching games on television right now is one big tease.
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.
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.