Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The First Moves of the 2014-2015 Offseason

2014 Chachi Almost #7
I'm the guy who gets an alert from MLB Trade Rumors titled "Minor League Free Agents" and I immediately stop what I'm doing to check it out.  Three Phillies were on the list of new free agents, and another pitcher joined the ranks of ex-Phillies a few days later.

Presented below are your first Ex-Phillies of the offseason.

2014 Phillies Team Issue 2 #17
Moving On
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.

Horst spent the entire season in Triple-A, earning him the final Chachi Almost card of 2014.  He had an impressive 2012 campaign, pitching to a 1.15 ERA in 32 games.  But everything seemed to fall apart for him in 2013 (0-2, 6.23 ERA in 28 games) and he hasn't been heard from since.  Horst appeared in three Phillies team issued sets - the 2012 second series set, and both 2013 sets.

Brignac and Manship both appeared in the 2014 second series set, marking their only appearances on Phillies cardboard.  O'Sullivan had a card in the 2014 Lehigh Valley IronPigs set and will join the ranks of Missing Links - Phillies players with no Phillies baseball cards.

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