5 Players Who Won’t Make Philadelphia Phillies’ 2014 Opening Day Roster
5 Phillies Who Will Not Make Trip North
There are a lot of familiar faces from last year who won’t be around this summer for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Roy Halladay went from rotation regular to Spring Training consultant. Michael Martinez went from frequent call-up to early release as the team strengthened their bench in the offseason. Michael Young was traded late last season and Delmon Young released.
The next group to go could be a much tougher call as there are a lot of familiar names from last year’s roster who cannot be shoehorned into this upgraded group. A lot of it has to do with the demands of new manager Ryne Sandberg, who shed the interim label at the end of last season. Former manager Charlie Manuel had his favorites and a lot of them are not necessarily favorites of Sandberg, and those should be the first to go this spring. It won’t be easy for Sandberg since he is going to have to cut at least a few players on the current 40-man roster who he developed relationships with in the minor leagues. That’s never easy, but the Phillies did upgrade the talent in the outfield by adding Marlon Byrd and in the pitching staff by trading for players like Brad Lincoln.
Former outfield starters like John Mayberry Jr. and Darin Ruf are probably safe as they can be effective right-handed hitting bench pieces. Amaro is also bringing former Phillies star Bobby Abreu in for a look-see and if Abreu can hit at all, he will probably stay as one of the few lefty pinch-hitters coming off the bench.
Other than that, though, no player should be safe. Here are five guys most likely to get a pink slip:
5. Tyson Gillies
When the Phils got rid of Cliff Lee (before getting him back), Gillies and Aumont were the key pieces in that trade, now one of the worst in Phillies history. Gillies .241 in triple-A Lehigh Valley last year and the Phillies would like to have a reason, any reason, to move him to make room for a promising group of double-A outfielders.
4. Luis Garcia
Garcia was a hairdresser who the Phillies plucked from a tryout in New Jersey last year, and he quickly worked his way up the system. There was a reason why he was a hairdresser, and the Phillies found that out last September. Unless he puts up major league numbers he’s never put up before, he’s gone.
3. Phillippe Aumont
Aumont is big (6-foot-7) and he’s got a good fastball, but he’s never been able to place it. He’s 14-29 in his minor league career, which is probably the biggest reason why he won't stick with a major league team, let alone the Phillies.
2. Jeremy Horst
Horst is a lefty the Phillies kept around because their pitchers kept going on the disabled list. They suffered through his 0-2 record with a 6.23 ERA in 2013. They won’t suffer with him long in Spring Training.
1. Tommy Joseph
Joseph was the cornerstone, at least from the Phils’ perspective, in the Hunter Pence trade, but it’s hard to be that high on a catcher who hit .270 in his best minor league season. Fellow minor league backup Cameron Rupp has surpassed him and will probably take up a spot as a backup, leaving Joseph to fend for himself in another organization.