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Your 2012 Opening Day Roster

The Phillies announced their Opening Day roster, which includes 12 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders.

Here it is:

  • Pitchers (12): Right-handers Joe Blanton, Roy Halladay, David Herndon, Kyle Kendrick, Jonathan Papelbon, Chad Qualls, Mike Stutes and Vance Worley; and left-handers Antonio Bastardo, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Joe Savery.
  • Catchers (2): Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider.
  • Infielders (6): Freddy Galvis, Pete Orr, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Jim Thome and Ty Wigginton.
  • Outfielders (5): John Mayberry Jr., Laynce Nix, Hunter Pence, Juan Pierre and Shane Victorino.

The Phillies made the following transactions: selected Orr’s contract, putting him on the 40-man roster; reassigned infielder Hector Luna, outfielder Scott Podsednik and left-hander Raul Valdes to Triple-A Lehigh Valley; placed infielders Ryan Howard (left Achilles surgery), Michael Martinez (fractured fourth metatarsal in right foot) and Chase Utley (chondromalacia); and right-handers Jose Contreras (right elbow surgery) and Justin De Fratus (right elbow sprain) on the DL, retroactive to March 26.

Initial reaction: Awesome to see Savery make the team. Great story. Great guy. … Podsednik knew best when he said he didn’t like his chances of making the team, despite the Phillies’ insistence last week he could still make the squad. … Herndon had a 1.94 ERA from May 22 through the end of the regular season, but allowed 47.1 percent (8 of 17) of his inherited runners to score for the season. If he improves on that last figure he could be a valuable piece in the middle innings. … Stutes must have shown the bosses enough to convince them he’s ready to start the season. He had been battling right shoulder stiffness.

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Pierre Makes Team, Podsednik on Bubble

Phillies outfielder Juan Pierre has his spot on the Opening Day roster.

Scott Podsednik does not, and he does not think he will.

The Phillies had until noon tomorrow to inform Pierre if he had made the 25-man roster, but they told him he made the team following today’s 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay at Bright House Field. If Pierre had not made the roster he could have asked for his release. But Pierre, who is hitting .313 (15-for-48) with one double and two RBIs in 23 Grapefruit League games, showed the Phillies enough to convince them to keep him at $800,000.

“We definitely feel like Juan can help us,” Charlie Manuel said. “I look at where he could fit in some of the lineups we could use, and he’s done a little bit of everything in the game. He’s been a bench player. He’s been a regular for a long time. Last couple of years, he has a lot of at-bats in the big leagues.”

The Phillies insisted this does not mean Podsednik, who is hitting .347 (17-for-49) with five doubles, one home run and two RBIs in 26 games, will not make the team, although he signed a Minor League contract, which means he is contractually obligated to open the season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley if the Phillies request it. Podsednik said he would accept his assignment to Lehigh Valley, depending on the situation. But other than retirement his only way out of it would be if the Phillies granted him his release.

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Galvis Bruises Foot, Bastardo Looks for Velocity

Freddy Galvis offered a quick smile in front of his locker this afternoon at Bright House Field.

“It’s good,” he said. “I’m good.”

Galvis fouled a pitch off the top of his left foot in the eighth inning in a 5-4 victory over the Pirates. Galvis, who left the game, suffered a bruise, but the Phillies do not believe the injury to be serious.

Galvis, who did not have x-rays, is day-to-day. A doctor will examine him tomorrow.

“Tomorrow I’m good,” Galvis insisted.

The Phillies already are without Ryan Howard (left Achilles surgery), Chase Utley (chronic left knee injury) and Michael Martinez (fractured right foot). They cannot afford to lose Galvis for any period of time.

That said, Charlie Manuel said it wasn’t a scary moment for him.

“Scary, no?” he said. “It takes a hell of a lot to scare me. If I get scared, I usually get mad.”

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There are obvious infield concerns, but there is a concern in the bullpen, too.

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You will know by Friday whether or not Juan Pierre is making the Opening Day roster.

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Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here!
Here are our upcoming book signings:

  • April 2: Barnes & Noble in Plymouth Meeting, PA, 7 p.m.
  • April 3: Chester County Book Company in West Chester, PA, 7 p.m.
  • April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.

Phillies Trade Benny Fresh to Toronto

The Phillies traded Ben Francisco to Toronto today for Minor League relief pitcher Frank Gailey.

The trade is not a complete surprise. The emergence of John Mayberry Jr. and recent signing of Laynce Nix had pushed Francisco deep onto the Phillies’ bench as a fifth outfielder. And with tonight’s midnight tender deadline for salary arbitration eligible players looming, it made some sense the Phillies would move Francisco rather than pay him more than the $1.175 million he made last season.

Francisco’s departure could open the door for veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik, who recently signed a Minor League contract with the team.

Gailey, 26, is a native Philadelphian, attending Archbishop Carroll High School and West Chester University. He split last season with Class A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire, combing to go 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 45 appearances. He is 23-15 with a 2.45 ERA in 175 appearances.

The Blue Jays selected him in the 23rd round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He is expected to provide the organization depth at the Minor League level.

Francisco, 30, came to Philadelphia as part of the Cliff Lee trade with the Cleveland Indians in July 2009. He hit .259 with 17 home runs and 75 RBIs in 225 games. Francisco’s most memorable Phillies moment will be his last. He hit a game-winning, pinch-hit three-run home run in Game 3 of the 2011 National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Here’s moer on Gailey from MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo:

A 23rd-round pick out of the 2007 Draft from West Chester University, Gailey gets to return home to eastern Pennsylvania. A starter in college – his name is all over West Chester’s career leaderboards – he’s been a reliever since entering the pro ranks. He’s moved slowly, though he’s put up decent numbers at every stop, with the exception of his first taste of Double-A in 2011.

Gailey has been forced to move slowly, proving himself at every level, including the Gulf Coast and short-season New York-Penn Leagues, even as a college pitcher. That’s largely because his stuff doesn’t grade out much better than average across the board. His fastball is an average offering, but his breaking ball is below-average. He gets a ton of action on  his changeup, but sometimes it’s too much.

Gailey will pitch out of two slots, sidearm and three-quarters, which can cause problems for left-handed hitters. Lefties in the Florida State League hit just .131 against him in 2011 and if the 26-year-old has any future in the big leagues, it will be as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen.

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Contract Goodies

Here is some random contract info, if you like to look at these types of things. Some of these — like Papelbon — you might have seen. Others you probably haven’t.

Enjoy.

(in alphabetical order)

  • Ryan Feierabend. Minor League contract for $17,000/mo. Agreement for Major League contract for $135,000. $495,000 in Majors. If not on 25-man roster by June 15, player will be released if requested.
  • Kevin Frandsen. Minor League contract for $16,500/mo. Agreement for Major League contract for $100,000. $575,000 in Majors. Major League invitation to Spring Training.
  • Pat Misch. Minor League contract for $18,000/mo. Agreement for Major League contract for $120,000. $470,000 in Majors. If not on 25-man roster by June 15, player will be released if requested. Player may sign with Korea or Taiwan team for $25,000; with Japan team for $50,000, if prior to Feb. 15; $75,000 if between Feb. 15 – March 31; $150,000 if after March 31. Major League invitation to Spring Training.
  • Jonathan Papelbon. $50,000,058. $11,000,058 in 2012; $13,000,000 in 2013; $13,000,000 in 2014; and $13,000,000 in 2015. Vesting Option for $13,000,000 in 2016. Option vests if 55 games finished in 2015 or 100 games finished in 2014-2015 and NOT on the DL at the end of 2015 with right shoulder or elbow injury. Plus: $50,000 for All Star; $100,000 for World Series MVP; $50,000 for LCS MVP; $100,000 for Cy Young or Rolaids ($75,000-2nd; $50,000-3rd); $50,000 for Gold Glove. Limited no-trade provision.
  • Scott Podsednik. Minor League contract for $17,000/mo. Agreement for Major League contract for $150,000. $750,000 in Majors. Plus: $25,000 for 200 plate appearances; $25,000 for 250 plate appearances; $25,000 for 300 plate appearances; $25,000 for 350 plate appearances. Plus: $25,000 for All Star ($15,000 selection); $50,000 for MVP; $25,000 for World Series MVP; $25,000 for LCS MVP; $25,000 for Silver Slugger; $25,000 for Gold Glove; $25,000 for Comeback Player of the Year. If not on 25-man roster by June 1, player will be released for 25-man spot on another team if requested. Major League invitation to Spring Training.
  • Carlos Rivera. $78,250 in Minors. $480,000 in Majors.
  • Brian Sanches. Minor League contract for $18,000/mo. Agreement for Major League contract for $120,000. $625,000 in Majors. Major League invitation to Spring Training.
  • Brian Schneider. $800,000. Plus: $50,000 for 65 games; $50,000 for 75 games; $50,000 for 85 games; $50,000 for 95 games. Plus: $50,000 for All Star ($25,000 selection); $100,000 for MVP; $100,000 for World Series MVP; $50,000 for LCS MVP; $50,000 for Gold Glove.
  • Raul Valdes. Minor League contract for $15,000/mo. Agreement for Major League contract for $100,000. $450,000 in Majors. Major League invitation to Spring Training.

Hitting Third …

All systems go: Chase Utley will be in the Phillies’ lineup Monday night and he will be hitting third.

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The Phillies and Scott Podsednik agreed to terms on a Minor League deal. It is pending a physical.

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