GM Matt Klentak went the waiver wire route again on Wednesday, picking up right-handed hitting outfielder Peter Bourjos, 28, from the Cardinals. Klentak knew Bourjas from their time together with the Angels. Bourjos was originally signed by the Angels before being dealt to St. Louis two years ago. The Phillies tried to trade for him before he went to St. Louis.
Bourjos gives the Phillies some veteran outfield depth. Only three “pure” outfielders are on the roster, Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera and Roman Quinn although Cody Asche, Darnell Sweeney and Darin Ruf can play the outfield.
The Phillies also lost right-handed reliever Nefi Ogondo on waivers to Miami. In essence, Bourjos and Ogondo switched places on the roster which still has two more spaces before reaching the 40-man maximum. Stay tuned.
Hot Stove League
“Hot stove league is a baseball-related term referring to the sport’s off-season. The phrase does not denote an actual league, but instead calls up images of baseball fans gathering around a hot stove during the cold winter months, discussing their favorite baseball teams and players,” Wikipedia.com.
Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings begin Monday and run through next Thursday (December 10). Baseball executives from all 30 major league teams and every minor league franchise are headed for Nashville, TN. Agents will also be there peddling their players. No other sport can match baseball’s major off-season event.
Hundreds of media will be there, fueling social media, newspapers, websites and radio/TV. There’ll be more tweets than a convention of sparrows.
The MLBNetwork will provide 35 hours of live coverage during five days. Programming starts at 8 p.m. (ET) this Sunday.
Five days of pouring coal on the hot stove.
The massive Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center is again hosting the meetings. The hotel features 2,881 rooms and 15 different restaurants. The Phillies will occupy 39 rooms, including a suite for Klentak that will serve as the war room.
Years ago a large suite case was packed with large loose-leaf binders containing scouting reports on hundreds of players. Through technology that suite case has disappeared. Lap tops and iPads now contain all the information including files of analytical summaries.
The Rule 5 draft is held on the last morning of the meetings next Thursday. Mike Ondo, Director, Professional Scouting, has all the reports from his staff of pro scouts.
The list will be reviewed and reviewed as the Phillies have the first selection. More about the Rule 5 draft in the next post next Tuesday.
More Free Agents
Teams had until midnight last night to tender contracts to players. Some interesting names are now free. To check the list, click on http://www.MLBRumors.com.
New Alumni Feature
Part 2 in a series of the top five players in games played at each position in Phillies history has been posted at http://www.phillies.com/alumni. This part reveals to top five in games pitched for the Phillies. You can probably guess who’s #1 but you will be surprised at #3. Well, I think you will be surprised.