Friday, October 18, 2013

2013 Topps Archives #213 Juan Samuel

Sure, the playoffs are still going on, but the Phillies are making exciting offseason moves!

Truth be told, they're not all that interesting yet, but at least the John Lannan experiment is officially over.  Lannan was limited in 2013 due to a knee injury, and he started just 14 games.  He leaves Philadelphia with a 3-6 record, a 5.33 ERA and a couple of cards in the team's postcard sets.

The Phillies also announced yesterday that both first base Juan Samuel and assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner would return in 2014.  It had been previously announced that Joyner wouldn't be returning, but my guess is that once the Los Angeles Angels named Don Baylor as their new hitting coach, the assistant job with the Phils looked appealing again.

Here's the updated list of the departed players so far this offseason:

Moving On
Raul Valdes (10/2/13) - Claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros.
Tyler Cloyd (10/2/13) - Claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians.
John Lannan (10/17/13) - Outrighted off the 40-man roster and elected free agency.

Outrighted off the 40-man roster to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and not yet officially gone:

Michael Martinez, Zach Miner, Pete Orr and Mauricio Robles (10/3/13), followed by Roger Bernadina, Cesar Jimenez, J.C. Ramirez and Casper Wells (10/17/13)

Basically, these guys cleared waivers and I believe they can now choose to become free agents or stick around with the IronPigs.

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