Friday, November 14, 2014
2015 Chachi New Additions #1 Elvis Araujo
It's come to this. The first addition to the Phillies 40-man roster this offseason is 23-year-old left-handed reliever Elvis Araujo. This is what passes for big news these days for the Phillies, as they're now officially looking to unload anyone and everyone in an effort to finally start the rebuilding process. Araujo joins a stable of young, cheap relievers who could possibly see action out the club's bullpen in 2015.
Araujo has pitched in the Indians organization since 2008 (as a 16-year-old) and between High A and Double-A last year, he went 2-1 in 43 games with a 3.42 ERA and 11 saves. You're in luck if you're trying to track down a baseball card of the newest Phillie, as Araujo was featured in the 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects set. He'll most likely compete for a bullpen job out of spring training, but I'd expect to see him begin the season in the minors.
In other news, the Phillies invited their first seven players to spring training as non-roster invitees, and I'll feature those guys in a separate post.
Reid Brignac (10/2/14) - Elected free agency.
Jeremy Horst (10/2/14) - Elected free agency.
Jeff Manship (10/2/14) - Elected free agency.
Sean O'Sullivan (10/6/14) - Outrighted off the 40-man roster and released.
Tony Gwynn, Jr. (10/10/14) - Outrighted off the 40-man roster and elected free agency.
Mike Adams (10/30/14) - Team option declined, making him a free agent.
Kyle Kendrick (10/30/14) - Elected free agency.
Wil Nieves (10/30/14) - Elected free agency.
A.J. Burnett (11/3/14) - Declined option for 2015, elected free agency.
Koyie Hill (11/4/14) - Elected free agency.
Brad Lincoln (11/4/14) - Elected free agency.
Andres Blanco (11/13/14) - Signed to a minor league contract and invited to spring training.
Elvis Araujo (11/13/14) - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Cleveland Indians organization.