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November 21, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES added former first-round pick and Philadelphia native Jesse Biddle to the club's 40-man roster last night. The move isn't indicative of Biddle's chances of breaking camp with the team this spring. Instead, it's an obvious, paperwork decision the front office had to make before midnight last night. Every major league team had to set their 40-man rosters before yesterday's deadline to protect players from being selected in next month's Rule 5 draft. Biddle, 23, a Germantown Friends graduate, is ineligible for the Rule 5 draft, which will be held Dec. 11 in San Diego.
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November 22, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BEFORE THE clock struck midnight last night, the Phillies had a bit of in-house business to take care of: Every major league team had to make additions to their 40-man roster in preparation for next month's Rule 5 draft. Outfielder Kelly Dugan (the Phillies' first pick in 2009, in the second round) and top catching prospect Tommy Joseph were added to the 40-man roster, along with outfielder Aaron Altherr and lefthander Rob Rasmussen. The roster shuffle prevents them from being plucked away by another team in the Rule 5 draft.
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November 20, 2010 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
This spring, the Phillies will get a close look at several minor leaguers who have played their way onto the organizational radar. Top relief prospect Justin DeFratus, first baseman Matthew Rizzotti and second baseman Harold Garcia were three of five players named to the 40-man roster yesterday. DeFratus, a hard-throwing 23-year-old who went 3-0 with 21 saves and a 1.94 ERA at Class A Clearwater and Double A Reading in 2010, has the best chance at playing his way into consideration for the Opening Day roster.
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June 8, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - The Phillies conceded another mistake Friday when outfielder Tyson Gillies cleared waivers and was removed from the 40-man roster. Gillies, 25, will remain in the organization. This designation was a formality; Gillies was never close to reaching the majors. He was one of three players acquired in December 2009 from Seattle for Cliff Lee. The Lee trade, to this point, is a total failure. Righthander J.C. Ramirez lasted 18 games in the majors with a 7.50 ERA before being jettisoned.
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December 12, 2014
RULE 5 SAN DIEGO - Before boarding a plane bound for the East Coast this afternoon, the Phillies are expected to add at least one player to the 40-man roster in the annual Rule 5 Draft. The Phillies have the ninth pick. The draft begins at noon (EST). "We will be aggressive," General manager Ruben Amaro said. - Ryan Lawrence
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October 19, 2012
TYSON BRUMMETT'S brief Phillies career is over. Brummett, 28, who made his major league debut in the last game of the season, was claimed off waivers Thursday by the Toronto Blue Jays. Before joining the Phillies for the last three games, Brummett went 5-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 44 games between Double A Reading and Triple A Lehigh Valley in 2012. A seventh-round pick in the 2007 draft, Brummett went 26-47 with a 4.52 ERA in six minor league seasons in the Phillies organization. The Phillies' 40-man roster stands at 37 after Brummett, catcher Steven Lerud and infielder Pete Orr were removed Thursday.
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January 16, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
HISTORY SUGGESTS the guys who gathered in the Phillies' clubhouse yesterday evening are not The Guys. Yes, they represent the best players in the minor league system. Yes, their names are more intriguing than previous years' participants in the Phillies' annual Prospect Orientation, an event whose title has been much more accurate about the orientating part. But the complexion of a minor league system changes rapidly when a team is losing games and drafting high, so it might be best to keep the Zach Eflin and Tom Windle jerseys on layaway for now. That's not to say a handful of these guys won't go on to have solid major league careers, or that one or two won't be key contributors to the next Phillies team that isn't forecast to win 70 games.
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December 12, 2014
RULE 5 SAN DIEGO - Before boarding a plane bound for the East Coast this afternoon, the Phillies are expected to add at least one player to the 40-man roster in the annual Rule 5 Draft. The Phillies have the ninth pick. The draft begins at noon (EST). "We will be aggressive," General manager Ruben Amaro said. - Ryan Lawrence
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November 22, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies added prospect Jesse Biddle to their 40-man roster Thursday, and Biddle's recent elbow trouble was diagnosed as mild tendinitis. It is one positive for Biddle, 23, after a forgettable 2014 season. "Everything looked good," said Joe Jordan, the team's director of player development. "Everything is fine. We think he has some tendinitis. Nothing at all. Everything is fine. " Biddle, the team's No. 1 pick in 2010 and a Germantown Friends graduate, was eligible for selection in December's Rule 5 draft if he was not added to the 40-man roster Thursday.
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June 8, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - The Phillies conceded another mistake Friday when outfielder Tyson Gillies cleared waivers and was removed from the 40-man roster. Gillies, 25, will remain in the organization. This designation was a formality; Gillies was never close to reaching the majors. He was one of three players acquired in December 2009 from Seattle for Cliff Lee. The Lee trade, to this point, is a total failure. Righthander J.C. Ramirez lasted 18 games in the majors with a 7.50 ERA before being jettisoned.
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April 1, 2014
JIMMY ROLLINS may not be in the lineup for the Phillies' opener today in Arlington, Texas. Rollins did not fly on the team's charter flight on Saturday since he and his wife, Johari, are expecting the couple's second child. Rollins could still join the team before the game, which begins at 2 p.m. EDT. If the Phillies have to place Rollins on the paternity list, he could stay off the roster for as many as three games (but could also return after one game missed, too). If the Phils have to call up an infielder to replace Rollins, they have options.
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March 26, 2014 | By Marc Narducci and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
DUNEDIN, Fla. - The Phillies bench situation continues to be a work in progress. Former Phillie and non-roster outfielder Bobby Abreu, who earlier had seemed assured of making the team, has a sore shoulder. He did not take batting practice on Monday for the second straight day. The Phillies must add Abreu to the roster by Wednesday or he can request his release. He is 40 and did not play in the majors last season. Manager Ryne Sandberg is optimistic that Abreu can return Tuesday.
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March 25, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - During the game, Ryne Sandberg inserted Cesar Hernandez at third base. After the game, the manager summoned Kevin Frandsen to his office. The result was the latest wrinkle in the Phillies' quest to identify the members of their bench for the upcoming season. Frandsen, a member of the team's active roster since July 2012, was outrighted off the 40-man roster yesterday, a sign that the Phillies are leaning toward other options for the two backup infielders they usually carry.
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March 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies outrighted infielder Kevin Frandsen to triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday, opening another spot on the 40-man roster. Frandsen cleared waivers and now has 72 hours to accept his assignment. If he opts to become a free agent, he will forfeit this year's salary, a guaranteed $900,000. He is likely to accept the assignment. The Phillies signed Frandsen to that contract in the offseason, avoiding arbitration. He led the majors with 14 pinch-hits last season.
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March 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The first 15 Phillies to bat Tuesday were retired in order. They did not muster a hit until two outs in the seventh inning, when Kevin Frandsen blooped a Craig Kimbrel pitch to the opposite field. They lost for the 10th time in 14 Grapefruit League games. No, it is not wise to make judgments using spring statistics - especially in a two-week sample size and for players with guaranteed jobs - but there is a worrisome pattern in the Phillies' malaise. They were no-hit through three innings for the fifth time in seven games.
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