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The dozen former Phillies in 2020 MLB playoffs

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Freddy Galvis debuted with the Phillies in 2012 and played here six seasons. In the three years since, he's been a Padre, a Blue Jay and a Red.

All three of those teams made the playoffs this season, ending droughts of 13, four and six years.

The Phillies missed again as their drought extended to nine years, second-longest in MLB ahead of only the Mariners.

There are a lot of recent ex-Phillies in the playoffs, 13 on active rosters. For Galvis and Cesar Hernandez, it's the first trip to the postseason. 

Here are the 13 former Phils on the season-ending rosters of 2020 playoff teams. This list excludes injured players (Cole Hamels, Ken Giles), and guys who never appeared in a major-league game with the Phillies like Sixto Sanchez, Travis d'Arnaud, Ender Inciarte, Jonathan Villar, Jimmy Cordero, John Curtiss and Trevor May.

Marlins (3)

Corey Dickerson had a strong second half offensively with the Phillies in 2019 but didn't have an everyday spot here. It was not known during the offseason that the National League would be adopting the DH for the 2020 season, plus Dickerson sought a starting opportunity.

He found it with the Marlins, signing a two-year, $17.5 million contract. That's the most expensive contract on Miami's books.

He had a disappointing two months. He hit .258/.311/.402, spending most of the season batting third or first. He hit just .212 with a .241 on-base percentage against lefties.

Jorge Alfaro also had a rough two months, hitting .226 with an OPS 30% below the league average. He had just five extra-base hits, four walks and 36 strikeouts in 100 plate appearances. Passed balls remain an issue.

 

Reliever Nick Vincent went 1-2 with three saves and a 4.43 ERA in 21 appearances for the Fish.

It's absurd that the Phillies went 3-7 against this Miami team and finished behind it given the disparities in payroll and talent.

Indians (2)

Carlos Santana and Cesar Hernandez made up the right side of Cleveland's infield this season. The Indians went 35-25, almost exclusively because of their pitching.

Santana had his best offensive day of 2020 in the regular-season finale, going 3 for 3 with a homer, two doubles and four RBI. He still ended the season under the Mendoza line at .199/.349/.350.

Cesar had a typical Cesar season, hitting .283 with a .355 OBP, though he also led the American League with 20 doubles entering the final day.

Rays (2)

Charlie Morton will pitch in the postseason for the fourth straight year.

Left-handed reliever Aaron Loup had a very good season in the Rays' bullpen, as did seemingly every reliever they picked up. He had a 2.63 ERA with 22 strikeouts and four walks in 24 innings. His opponents hit .198.

The Phillies had Loup in the second half of 2018 and he made no impact. He then went to the Padres and missed almost all of 2019 with an elbow injury before resurfacing in Tampa this year.

Yankees (2)

J.A. Happ bounced back from a terrible first season in the Bronx to go 2-2 with a 3.47 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in nine starts. This will be his fifth trip to the playoffs dating back to 2008 with the Phillies.

Likable backup catcher Erik Kratz has been a big clubhouse presence for the Yankees in his second go-round. He went 9 for 28 (.321) this season with a couple of doubles.

Cardinals (1)

Brad Miller faced a situation similar to Dickerson in that he outperformed his part-time role with the Phillies in the second half of 2019. Miller held out for a major-league deal and the right opportunity and found it as the Cardinals' everyday DH. He signed a one-year deal in the $2 million range the second week of February.

Miller spent most of the season batting cleanup for St. Louis. He hit .232 with 7 homers, 25 RBI and an .807 OPS.

Athletics (1)

It seems like the Rays and A's get the most out of every reliever they find via trade, free agency or waivers.

Oakland signed Jake Diekman this past offseason to a two-year, $7.5 million deal and he proceeded to allow one run all season for a 0.44 ERA. His opponents went 8 for 67 (.119).

Funky lefties with velo are always in demand and Diekman has pitched for four teams since leaving the Phillies in the Cole Hamels-to-Texas trade in 2015. He's never been this good.

Brewers (1)

After three very good seasons in South Korea, Josh Lindblom returned to the majors at age 33 to pitch for the Brewers. He went 2-4 with a 5.16 ERA in 12 games, 10 of which were starts. He struck out 10.3 batters per nine innings.

 

The Phillies traded Shane Victorino to the Dodgers in 2012 for Lindblom and Ethan Martin, neither of whom lasted here beyond 2014.

Reds (1)

Galvis continues to defend as well as pretty much any shortstop. Whatever offense he provides is a plus and he went deep seven times this season. Galvis has actually hit 75 home runs since 2016, a 162-game average of 18.