Rule 5 draft

Phillies make a minor trade, sign a familiar utility man on final day of winter meetings

Phillies make a minor trade, sign a familiar utility man on final day of winter meetings

SAN DIEGO — The Phillies wrapped up the winter meetings with a blip of activity in the Rule 5 draft Thursday. The club selected Vimael Machin, a shortstop from the Chicago Cubs organization, with the 15th pick in the draft and quickly traded him to the Oakland A’s in a cash deal.
 
The Phillies lost no players in the draft.
 
The Phillies did make an addition before leaving the meetings. According to sources, the club re-signed utility man Phil Gosselin to a minor-league deal with an invite to big-league spring training camp.
 
Gosselin, 31, played in 44 games for the Phillies last season and hit .262. He was 10 for 32 with three RBIs as a pinch-hitter. He played left field, shortstop and third base. Gosselin spent the bulk of the season at Triple A Lehigh Valley, where he hit .314 with 8 homers, 47 RBIs and a .901 OPS in 296 at-bats.
 
Active rosters will expand from 25 to 26 players next season so Gosselin will be in play for a spot on the lengthened bench along with veteran infielder Josh Harrison and others. Harrison recently signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies.
 
Gosselin, a West Chester native, played at Malvern Prep and the University of Virginia. He has played in the majors with the Braves, Pirates, Reds, Rangers, Diamondbacks and Phillies.

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Phillies could lose lefty reliever Tyler Gilbert, catcher Deivi Grullon in MLB Rule 5 draft

Phillies could lose lefty reliever Tyler Gilbert, catcher Deivi Grullon in MLB Rule 5 draft

LAS VEGAS — The winter meetings will conclude Thursday (noon EST) with the Rule 5 draft.

This is the event in which the Phillies once landed Shane Victorino, Odubel Herrera and Dave Hollins. It is how they lost MVP George Bell. It is how the Pittsburgh Pirates landed Roberto Clemente in 1954.

The draft works this way: A player must be added to his team's 40-man roster after his third or fourth year in pro ball, depending on the age at which he signed his first pro contract. If he is not protected, he can be selected by another club for $100,000. That player must then be added to the new club's 40-man roster and stay there all season or be offered back to his old club for $50,000.

In anticipation of the Rule 5 draft, the Phillies added three young prospects to their 40-man roster in November — pitchers Edgar Garcia and Adonis Medina and middle infielder Arquimedes Gamboa. All three of those players will be in big-league spring training camp in February.

Notable players who were not protected and are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 draft Thursday include outfielder Jose Pujols, catcher Deivi Grullon and lefty reliever Tyler Gilbert.

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 an .887 OPS in 95 games at Single A Clearwater. However, he struck out 127 times in 352 at-bats. It might be difficult for him to survive on a big-league bench with that many strikeouts.

Grullon, a rugged 22-year-old, hit .273 with 21 homers, 59 RBIs and an .825 OPS in 90 games at Double A Reading. Catching is a premium position and Grullon has impressive power. There's a chance he could be selected. If he is not, he will likely be in Triple A with the Phils in 2019.

A number of baseball people think the Phillies could lose Gilbert because he profiles as a lefty specialist and could more easily be stashed in the deep bullpens that teams carry these days.

Gilbert, who turns 25 this month, was the Phils' sixth-round pick in 2015 out of USC. He had a 3.25 ERA in 48 games at Double A and Triple A in 2018. He struck out 69 and walked 15 in 69⅓ innings and lefty batters were just 15 for 89 (.169) against him.

The Phillies have the 13th pick in the draft, but it's not clear if they will make a selection.

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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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