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Phillies trade reliever Jimmy Cordero to Nats, release David Buchanan

Phillies trade reliever Jimmy Cordero to Nats, release David Buchanan

Five days after designating him for assignment, the Phillies traded reliever Jimmy Cordero to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later or cash.

Cordero, 25, was acquired by the Phillies from the Blue Jays at the 2015 trade deadline for Ben Revere. If he makes the Nationals, he'll be Revere's teammate.

Cordero arrived with potential and a triple-digit fastball, but he was unable to stay healthy with the Phils. A shoulder injury in spring training 2016 kept Cordero out until July 1. 

He proceeded to make a combined 18 appearances with Single A Clearwater, Double A Reading and Triple A Lehigh Valley, posting a 5.64 ERA. He struck out only 12 batters in 22⅓ innings.

The Phillies DFA'd Cordero last Friday to open up an additional spot on the 40-man roster. Alberto Tirado, the other reliever the Phillies acquired from Toronto in the Revere deal, was one of the 11 players the Phils added to the 40.

When a player is designated for assignment, the team has 10 days to place him on waivers, trade him, release him or outright him to the minor leagues.

Relievers with big-time velocity are always in demand, so it's not a surprise that another club took a chance on Cordero.

Buchanan released
Right-hander David Buchanan, who was DFA'd along with Cordero last Friday, was released by the Phillies on Wednesday. He's 8-17 with a 5.01 ERA in 35 career major-league starts.​

Phillies add Adonis Medina and 2 others to 40-man roster, avoid losing them in Rule 5 draft

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Phillies add Adonis Medina and 2 others to 40-man roster, avoid losing them in Rule 5 draft

The Phillies on Tuesday added three minor-league prospects to their 40-man roster, thus protecting them from being selected by another club in next month’s Rule 5 draft.

The team added right-handed pitchers Edgar Garcia and Adonis Medina as well as middle infielder Arquimides Gamboa.

Garcia, a 22-year-old reliever, split the 2018 season between Double A and Triple A and recorded a 3.64 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 52 games. He struck out 72 batters and walked 27 in 64⅓ innings and held opposing hitters to a .206 batting average. He could push for work in the Phillies' bullpen sometime in 2019.

Medina, 21, is one of the organization’s top starting pitching prospects. He went 10-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) for Single A Clearwater in 2018. He struck out 123 and walked 36 in 111⅓ innings. He projects to pitch at Double A in 2019.

Gamboa, 21, is a talented defensive shortstop who could eventually be pushed to second base as top prospect Luis Garcia rises. A switch-hitter, Gamboa batted just .214 with a .304 on-base percentage in 114 games at Clearwater in 2018. He struck out 111 times.

Among those left unprotected were outfielder Jose Pujols and catcher Deivi Grullon.

Pujols, who turned 23 in September, was the Florida State League player of the year in 2018. He hit .301 with 18 homers, 58 RBIs and a .887 OPS in 95 games at Clearwater. He struck out 127 times in 352 at-bats.

Grullon, a rugged 22-year-old, hit .273 with 21 homers, 59 RBIs and a .825 OPS in 90 games at Double A Reading.

The additions left the Phillies’ 40-man roster at 38. Justin Bour remains on the roster even though multiple sources say he has cleared waivers. The next important roster date arrives on Nov. 30, which is the deadline for offering a contract to a salary arbitration-eligible player.

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Phillies to hold 3 retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard

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Phillies to hold 3 retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard

Phillies fans should prepare for another nostalgic year at the ballpark. 

Prior to games in May, June and July, the Phillies will hold retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

Rollins' ceremony will take place Saturday night, May 4, when the Phillies host the Nationals at 7:05.

Then comes Utley's night, Friday, June 21 against the Marlins at 7:05.

Howard will be honored Sunday, July 14, when the Phils face the Nationals at 1:05.

Rollins never officially retired but hasn't played since June 2016 with the White Sox. 

Howard retired the first week of September, and Utley hung up his cleats once the playoffs ended. 

In many ways, 2018 was the final chapter in the book of the 2008 Phillies. Jayson Werth also retired in late June after his situation with the Mariners didn't work out. Carlos Ruiz hasn't officially retired but did not find a team in 2018.

Cole Hamels and Ryan Madson, though, are still going strong as the final two active members of that championship team.

Fans interested in making it to all three ceremonies can do so with the six-game Phillies Legends Ticket pack, which includes the three retirement nights along with any other three games.

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