Catching up on old news, the following Phillies farmhands are now FAs:
First baseman Andy Tracy; second baseman Melvin Dorta; shortstop Ozzie Chavez; third basemen Neil Sellers and Cody Ransom; outfielders Rich Thompson, Mike Spidale, Kevin Mahar and Timo Perez; catchers Joel Naughton, Kevin Nelson and John Suomi; starting pitchers Brandon Duckworth, Ty Taubenheim, Brian Mazone; relievers Jason Anderson, Alex Concepcion, Oscar Villarreal, Ehren Wasserman, Kyle Carr, Gabe Suarez, Ryne White, Brian Gordon, Juan Sandoval, Jay Stephens.
Beerleaguer: Ransom, who went 8-for-42 with a pair of homers including a game-tying blast in a dramatic 9-7 win over the Reds on July 9, was the only player who appeared with the Phils last season. Generally speaking, he is a cheaper, right-handed version of Greg Dobbs. A couple of these players could re-sign; guys like Thompson, Chavez, Spidale, Mazone and Anderson have been loyal soldiers who could possibly return, but Tracy could move on after being snubbed from a September call-up. Needless to say that new Triple-A skipper Ryne Sandberg won't be the only new face in Lehigh Valley this season ... Naughton, who was protected for a time on the Phillies' 40-man roster, is back in his native Australia playing winter ball.
NL Cy Young will be announced later today. Twenty-one-game-winner Roy Halladay is expected to pick up the top prize.