On December 22nd, the Phillies named Sam Fuld their new general manager, and the 39-year-old will attempt to deliver what former GM Matt Klentak could not - a postseason appearance. Fuld has been with the organization since November 2017, and his title heading into the 2020 season had been "Director, Integrative Baseball Performance." With president of baseball operations' Dave Dombrowski's oversight, Fuld will be tasked with hopefully re-signing free agent catcher J.T. Realmuto and rebuilding a bullpen that was historically bad in 2020.
Fuld played between 2007 and 2015 with the Cubs, Rays, Athletics and Twins and had a lifetime .227 average over 598 games. His rookie card can be found in the 2008 Topps set, and oddly enough his former role with the Phillies resulted in two photo cards in both team-issued sets in 2019. As part of the remade front office, Jorge Velandia was promoted to assistant general manager and Terry Ryan was given the title assistant to the general manager. Ryan has been with the organization since 2016 and had previously served for 19 years as the general manager of the Twins.
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Related to this news, the Dombrowski/Fuld tandem executed their first trade on Tuesday afternoon, acquiring reliever Jose Alvarado from the Rays. It was a three-team deal with the Phillies sending pitcher Garrett Cleavinger to the Dodgers and the Rays receiving Dillon Paulson and a player to be named later from the Dodgers. In four seasons with the Rays, Alvarado was 2-15 with a 3.46 ERA over 132 2/3 innings. He has 161 career strikeouts to just 71 walks, and he's a hard-throwing lefty who could immediately fill a hole at the back end of the Phillies bullpen. Shoulder problems limited him to only 9 appearances in 2020 for the A.L. Champions.
His first Topps flagship card can be found in the 2017 Topps Update set and most recently he was in the 2020 Topps Total set.
Cleavinger departs having appeared in just one game for the Phillies, back on September 17th. He pitched 2/3 of an inning and surrendered a two-run home run to Robinson Cano in one of the many Phillies bullpen meltdown sessions from 2020.
And speaking of bullpen meltdown sessions, two other former Phillies relievers recently found new homes. Trevor Kelley (4 games, 10.80 ERA) signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on December 14th and Reggie McClain (5 games, 5.06 ERA) was claimed by the Yankees on December 10th in the minor league portion of the annual rule 5 draft.
Departures - 2020-2021 Offseason
- Deolis Guerra - rhp (10/14/20) - Elected free agency.
- Ronald Torreyes - inf (10/15/20) - Elected free agency.
- Jose Alvarez - lhp (10/28/20) - Elected free agency.
- Jake Arrieta - rhp (10/28/20) - Elected free agency.
- Jay Bruce - of (10/28/20) - Elected free agency.
- Didi Gregorius - ss (10/28/20) - Elected free agency.
- Tommy Hunter - rhp (10/28/20) - Elected free agency.
- J.T. Realmuto - c (10/28/20) - Elected free agency.
- Brandon Workman - rhp (10/28/20) - Elected free agency.
- Phil Gosselin - inf (10/30/20) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency.
- Heath Hembree - rhp (10/30/20) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency.
- Adam Morgan - lhp (10/30/20) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency.
- Blake Parker - rhp (10/30/20) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency.
- David Phelps - rhp (10/30/20) - Club option declined, elected free agency.
- David Robertson - rhp (10/30/20) - Club option declined, elected free agency.
- Reggie McClain - rhp (12/10/20) - Selected by the Yankees in the minor league portion of the annual rule 5 draft.
- Trevor Kelley - rhp (12/14/20) - Signed a minor league contract with the Chicao Cubs.
- Garrett Cleavinger - lhp (12/29/20) - Traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers with the Phillies receiving Jose Alvarado in exchange from the Tampa Bay Rays.
New Additions - 2020-2021 Offseason
- Johan Quezada - rhp (10/30/20) - Claimed off waivers from the Miami Marlins.
- Ian Hamilton - rhp (12/7/20) Claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.
- Kyle Holder - inf (12/10/20) - Selected from the Yankees in the annual rule 5 draft.
- Jose Alvarado - lhp (12/29/20) - Acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays with the Dodgers receiving Garrett Cleavinger in exchange.
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And finally, barring a major trade over the next few days, that's going to do it for another year of blogging at The Phillies Room. I thought it fitting that the last card posted for 2020 should be a checklist. Thanks for following along and I'll see you next year!
|2020 Chachi #57|