Just a few notes to get you started this Friday, none of them related to the odds of the Phillies landing Roy Halladay before Christmas (the odds are down to 34.2 percent today).
After selecting sinkerball reliever David Herndon in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft, the Phils followed up by taking right-hander Angelo Sanchez from the Twins in the minor league phase. The 20-year-old Venezuelan started 12 games for Elizabethton of the rookie Appalachian League, going 5-1 with a 5.52 ERA. The Phillies relinquished only one player in the draft: Carlos Monaserios, which is good news for those who hold Edgar Garcia in high regard. Meanwhile, talks reportedly continue with agents for Chan Ho Park, Scott Eyre and also John Smoltz, who Jayson Stark sees as a fit for the Phillies’ bullpen rather than the rotation. Speaking of the bullpen, the Phillies have until midnight Saturday to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, a list that includes Chad Durbin and Clay Condrey. The last piece of news stemming from this week’s winter meetings includes the Philllies’ reported interest in flame thrower Aroldis Chapman, a Cuban defector who is said to be seeking a four-year deal in the $15 million range. The Phils have reportedly been tracking him for a year. Elsewhere, the Mets were the center of the hottest rumor of yesterday, a reported four-year, $65 million offer on the table to Jason Bay.