As teams continue to get health and travel reports, many have slots left to fill on their 60-man rosters, so we’ll use this post throughout the day to track the minor changes.
- The Giants added four names to their 60-man player pool: Will Wilson, Camilo Doval, Luis Toribio and Chad Tromp, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports. It’s a group of fairly high-end prospects for the Giants, highlighted by Wilson, whom they essentially spent $12.6MM to acquire last year by taking on Zack Cozart’s contract, writes Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Catcher Chadwick Tromp has the best chance to train with the major league camp, as the others are more likely to head to the alternative camp when it opens in Sacramento, per Schulman. The Giants have four empty slots remaining from their 60-player pool.
- The Orioles added Evan Phillips to their 60-man roster, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. Baltimore gave themselves more leeway than most, however, and they still have 15 slots available on their 60-man roster. The Maryland native made 25 appearances out of the Orioles’ bullpen in 2019, pitching to a 6.43 ERA/3.96 FIP. Phillips joined the Baltimore organization from Atlanta as part of the Kevin Gausman/Darren O’Day trade from deadline day 2018.
- The Phillies added two catchers to their 60-man roster, per Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Henri Lartigue and Logan O’Hoppe will bring the Phillies’ total number of catchers to five. Lartigue, 25, hit .136/.259/.248 in 78 games in Double-A last year. O’Hoppe, 20, went to the Phillies in the 23rd round of the 2018 draft. In Low-A in 2019, the New York native hit .216/.266/.407. The pair of catchers are presumably in camp to spread the defensive workload. J.T. Realmuto, Andrew Knapp, and Deivi Grullon are far better bets to see any game time once the season opens.
You gotta think Baltimore is keeping those roster spots open in anticipation of making a trade
If you were a cynic, you might say Baltimore is leaving those spots open so they do not have to pay 60 players for being on that roster. Cutting marginal costs is something the Angelos owned team has done for a long time.
PA loved to trade his supplemental picks to save money on a bad contract.
Players salaries don’t kick in until the regular season-whatever passes for regular these days. The Orioles only wanted their original camp roster to include people who had a chance to make the Opening Day roster. Once the roster starts to become clearer with injuries and waiver claims, they will add people to their satellite camp in Bowie or Aberdeen
#1: Peter Angelos is in very poor health and no longer has any part of running the team.
#2: Mike Elias has been quoted as saying that he didn’t want to commit too many roster spots to prospects too early, then need to cut someone in order to add another player due to injury or poor performance.
#3: You would only say something like that if you were judging the team from far away based on their history from three or more years ago, not since Elias was hired and Peter’s sons took over the reigns.
We honestly don’t know how Angelos’ sons will spend. Just because he allowed Elias to use the IFA market doesn’t mean he’ll have an open checkbook when the Orioles get competitive. That’s nothing but an assumption.
Since Elias has taken over the Orioles have slashed payroll considerably. Allowing him to build an international pipeline is great and really necessary to be competitive. Let’s hope that the younger Angelos’ stretch payroll like their father did when it’s time to compete.
I’m actually high on O’Hoppe in the Phillies system. He has some pop in his bat. Like many young hitters needs to learn more strike zone discipline
Peart of the game
His Australian league gains look like improvement is possible for him
Watch out for Matera.
that’s why we added so few catchers at first – we only have 3 that arent trash
“Catcher Chadwick Tromp has the best chance to train with the major league camp, as the others are more likely to head to the alternative camp when it opens in Sacramento.”
I hope for his sake the organization doesn’t have too many never Trompers.