About 600 minor leaguers have been declared free agents, including 33 veteran Phillies. For the complete list from around baseball, click here.
The following Phillies’ veterans are now on the market: C John Castellano; C Dusty Wathan; C Jeff Winchester; 1B Gary Burnham; 1B Brandon Gemoll; 1B Randall Simon; 2B Carlos Leon; 3B Brennan King; SS Avelino Asprilla; SS Jonathan Johnson; SS Jesus Merchan; SS Juan Sosa; OF Peter Bergeron; OF Ryan Fleming; OF Gary Harris; OF Josh Kroeger; OF Matt Padgett; OF Brian Sellier; OF Pedro Swann; RHP Ryan Cameron; RHP Jeremy Cummings; RHP Daniel Giese; RHP Talley Haines; RHP Nick Mattioni; RHP Tim McClaskey; RHP Travis Minix; RHP Brian Reed; RHP Ben Shaffar; RHP John Stephens; LHP Jim Crowell; LHP Allen Davis; LHP Luke Lockwood; LHP Matt White.
You’ll find a similar list year after year. As clout would call them, they are baseball’s version of human flotsam. Here are the highlights and lowlights:
Randall Simon, the only player who saw action with the big club, was outrighted to Scranton after his brief tour of duty and is now free.
Gary Burnham’s career is similar to Chris Coste. The 32-year-old minor league lifer tore up the Eastern League for 16 homers and a .341 batting average in just 290 at bats, earning EL player of the month honors in August. He also went 18-46 (.391) as a late call-up to Scranton. I watched him make a brilliant throw from right field this season, gunning down a runner at home plate. He can obviously hit minor league pitching, but the closest he’s ever been to the show is one plate appearance for the Reds during 2004 spring training. He walked.
Travis Minix is a reliever I thought we’d see this season, but the opportunity never materialized.
Outfielder Josh Kroeger was once a highly rated prospect in the Diamondbacks system, and was kind of a notable signing last offseason. However, the 24-year-old had a horrible season with the Red Barons, logging a .630 OPS in 441 at bats.
Right-hander Nick Mattioni is a Berks County product who couldn't stay healthy this season for his hometown R-Phils.