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Adonis Medina to be added to Phillies 40-man roster prior to Rule 5 Draft deadline

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Adonis Medina is one of the consensus Phillies top five prospects

All teams in Major League Baseball have until 8:00PM EST on Tuesday, November 20 to set their 40-man roster in anticipation of the Rule 5 Draft, which will take place on December 13.

Players who were signed when they were 19 years or age or older and have played in professional baseball for four years are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft, as are players who were signed at 18 and have played for five years. All players on an MLB team’s 40-man roster, regardless of other eligibility factors, are “protected” and ineligible for the Rule 5 Draft.
The Philadelphia Phillies are in as good shape as any team in the game right now in this regard. The Phillies currently have 34 players on their official roster. The club will definitely be adding one of their top prospects, pitcher Adonis Medina, prior to the deadline.
With the other five spots there are a number of options. The Phillies could simply protect five more of their own prospects. They could also trade with other teams who might be having difficulty cutting down to their own 40-man limit.
If the Phillies do choose to protect more players, the most likely would probably be pitcher Tom Eshelman and infielders Arquimedes Gamboa and Daniel Brito.

One player who could find himself getting moved before the deadline is Cory Spangenberg of the San Diego Padres. A versatile player, the 27-year-old appeared in 49 games at second base and 44 at third base, with another handful of appearances in left field this past season with the Padres. He even made a cameo in one game at shortstop.
Spangenberg hit .264 with 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 486 plate appearances as a regular for San Diego in the 2017 campaign. He made $1.7 million this past season and is arbitration eligible now during this current off-season.
The Phillies might be attracted to Spangenberg’s positional versatility on the infield if the price is right in exchange. About the only sure thing in the Phillies 2019 infield at this point is Scott Kingery, but will he end up at second base or return to shortstop?
Various rumors have the Phillies moving on from Carlos SantanaCesar Hernandez, and Maikel Franco. The team could include J.P. Crawford in any trade. They also remain a leading contender to sign free agent shortstop Manny Machado.
Adding someone such as Spangenberg as an infield backup might make it easier to deal a couple of those veterans as the Phillies sort out their 2019 starting infield.
Might the Phillies be willing to take a chance on a veteran lefty reliever who has had solid success over most of his 10-year big-league career, but who is coming off an extremely disappointing 2018 campaign and is owed $15 million over the next two years?
If so, they might be willing to take Brett Cecil off the hands of the Saint Louis Cardinals, who are also up against a 40-man crunch. Cecil was converted from the rotation to the bullpen while with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012 and became one of the most effective relievers in the game over the next handful of seasons.
Whether the Phillies stand pat, add a number of their own prospects, take in additional players via trade, or some combination of those possibilities, their roster picture will be much clearer once the Tuesday deadline passes.
If the Phillies do fill up their 40-man roster before the deadline, that would not keep GM Matt Klentak from adding players such as big free agents Machado, Bryce Harper, or Patrick Corbin. But they would have to remove a player from that 40-man for each new player added.

Odubel Herrera is Just What the Rangers Are Looking For

I’m not usually one for creating random trade speculation out of thin air, but the Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers are making it difficult on me.
The Rangers reportedly are in the market for a center fielder. Yet those same reports are that the club does not want to spend big in free agency.
What the Rangers would like to obtain is a talented, controllable center fielder. Enter the Phillies into this conversation – they have one.

EL TORITO IS JUST WHAT RANGERS WANT

Odubel Herrera is well-known to the Texas organization. The Phillies plucked him from the Rangers in the Rule 5 Draft back in December of 2014.
Herrera was originally signed by Texas as an international free agent out of his native Venezuela as a 16-year old in 2008.
He came through the Texas minor league organization almost exclusively as an infielder. Herrera played six seasons in the Rangers system. He appeared in 411 games as a second baseman and another 135 as a shortstop. He had just 11 games in left field while with Texas.
Herrera did play 41 games out in center field while playing winter ball back in Venezuela during the 2014 season. The Phillies liked what they saw of him out there, and made him their first pick in that 2014 Rule 5 Draft.
Herrera then surprisingly made the big leagues out of spring training for the 2015 season. There, ‘El Torito’ hit .297 with 30 doubles and 16 steals in his rookie season with the Phillies.
This past summer, Herrera became the lone Phillies representative at the All-Star Game. He hit .286 with a .361 on-base percentage, scoring 87 runs. He also showed power and speed. Herrera stole 25 bags, and nearly doubled his home run output to 15 long balls.
In just his second full season in center field, Herrera was named as a National League Gold Glove Award finalist.
Herrera turns just 25 years old at the end of this month. He cannot become a free agent until after the 2020 season, though he is arbitration-eligible this winter.
The bottom line here is that Herrera would seem to perfectly fit what the Rangers say they want: a talented, controllable center fielder. And again, he is someone with whom they should be very familiar.

RANGERS HAVE WHAT PHILLIES WANT

For a player of that talent, age, and salary level the Phillies should expect to get a strong prospect in return. If Texas would come off lefty Yohander Mendez, the Phils should jump at a deal.
Mendez is yet another Venezuelan. He turns 22 years old in January. A lanky 6’5″, he is ranked at the top of the Texas prospect list by MLB Pipeline, which gives him the following scouting report.
Mendez has developed into a potential mid-rotation starter and one of the best lefty pitching prospects in the game. He throws his fading, sinking changeup with deceptive arm speed, and it’s a legitimate plus pitch that keeps right-handers at bay. He has added velocity in 2016, boosting his fastball to a consistent 90-94 mph, and there’s still projection remaining in his lanky 6-foot-5 frame.
Unlike a lot of long-limbed youngsters, Mendez has no problems throwing strikes. His biggest needs are to refine his breaking ball and to prove he can handle a starter’s workload, and he has made strides in both areas this season.

The Phillies personnel decision makers, GM Matt Klentak and club president Andy MacPhail, are already on record that you can never have enough quality pitching.
This would seem like a perfect match. The Phillies and Rangers found enough common ground to cut the huge Hamels trade in the summer of 2015. I see no reason they shouldn’t consider another one here at the Winter Meetings in 2016.

Phillies Looking at Tyler Goeddel in Rule 5 Draft

The Philadelphia Phillies are looking closely at outfielder Tyler Goeddel in preparation for the MLB Rule 5 Draft.

Selected by the Tampa Bay Rays as the 41st overall selection in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of Mountain View High School in Georgia, Goeddel signed as an 18-year old, and thus became a free agent following five minor league seasons after which he was not included on the Rays’ 40-man roster.
Goeddel was originally a third baseman, playing the hot corner as he rose through the Tampa minor league system over his first three seasons. The Rays decided to move him to the outfield a year ago.
A superb athlete with good speed, a strong arm, and a quick bat, there has been somespeculation that Goeddel was rushed at the outset of his development when the Rays started the teenager at Low-A Bowling Green in 2012, an uncommonly aggressive move by the usually conservative Tampa organization.

The major flaw holding Goeddel back has been a propensity for striking out. He has whiffed 98 times in each of the last three seasons after striking out 94 times in that first 2012 season. 
Playing the last full season as a 22-year old at AA Montgomery in the Southern League, Goeddel stroked a career-high 12 home runs and knocked in a career-high 72 RBI. 
After stealing 30 bases in each of his first two minor league seasons, the 6’4″ right-handed hitter returned near that level with 28 steals this past season.
If the Phillies do indeed make Goeddel their selection, they would need to do as they did a year ago with Odubel Herrera– keep him on the big league roster for the entire season. That would mean an MLB debut for the player, who turned 23 years old back in October.
The Phillies already have a somewhat crowded outfield situation, with Herrera, Aaron Altherr, and the newly acquired Peter Bourjos leading a group that also could includeCody AscheDarin Ruf, and Darnell Sweeney
That doesn’t even include the continued development of speedy prospect Roman Quinn, or the possibility of re-signing fan favorite Jeff Francoeur.
Ryan Gerstel looked at leading contenders for this first overall pick at TBOH just over a week ago
While listing Goeddel as one of three reasonable options, he also listed pitcher Corey Black and outfielder Jabari Blash as other possibles.