The Phillies announced today that they have designated righties David Buchanan and Jimmy Cordero for assignment. Their departure clears the way for a whopping eleven players to be added to the team’s 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.
Here’s the full list of players who’ll rise to the Phillies’ MLB roster:
- Righties Drew Anderson, Mark Appel, Ricardo Pinto, Nick Pivetta, Alberto Tirado, and Ben Lively
- Outfielders Dylan Cozens and Nick Williams
- Lefty Elniery Garcia
- Catcher Andrew Knapp
- Second baseman Jesmuel Valentin
That’s a rather notable volume of 40-man turnover, and represents one of the more dramatic indications of the team’s commitment to developing from within. Philadelphia now has a full 40-man, which will make it tough to add more major league assets this winter without dealing off of the MLB roster or exposing some of these (or other) players to waivers.
Buchanan and Cordero were two early roster casualties as the club cleared the way to protect youthful assets. The 27-year-old Buchanan put up a solid 3.98 ERA in 167 1/3 innings last year at Triple-A, and recorded good results in the majors 2014 before a rough 15-start stint there in 2015, so he could draw outside interest. Cordero, 25, has yet to reach the majors. He failed to repeat a promising 2015 season, which led to his addition to the 40-man last winter.