Wednesday, December 5
What was reported here yesterday isn’t much different from today: 8 a.m. meeting, followed by phone calls, conversations and then a 3:30 gathering in the Phillies’ Suite.
More updates from other clubs on the trade front and discussions with agents for free agents. From the major league end, the meetings end with the Rule 5 draft tomorrow morning. The Phillies continued to pour over their options and placed them in a pecking order, first choice, second, third and fourth.
Releasing RHP Julio Mateo today opened up another roster spot. The Phillies go into the draft with 38 players on the winter roster, two shy of the limit. It is possible the Phillies will select one or two players. And, it is also possible their selections will be gobbled up before they get a chance to draft. Among the teams that don’t have full rosters, the Phillies will select 15th. The potential also exists that they can trade up to get an earlier pick.
Charlie Manuel had a full day……a 30-mimute session with the media at 9:30 a.m. in the working media room, an interview with MLB.com, an interview with Scott Palmer for this website a managers luncheon with the media and an interview with Kevin Kennedy on XM Radio at 4 in the afternoon.
Brandon Inge has been mentioned in comments. Once again, we can’t comment on him because of the tampering rule.