The Phillies made their first official 40-man roster moves of the Winter Meetings today by releasing minor league pitchers Jesus Sanchez and Yohan Flande.
Sanchez, a 23-year-old converted catcher and last remaining piece of the 2006 Bobby Abreu deal, was 9-7 with a 2.99 ERA in 22 starts for Clearwater. Flande, a lefty, was 10-8 with a 4.38 ERA for Reading. Neither pitcher was considered a prospect. The moves clear roster room in anticipation of the Rule 5 Draft which will occur at the end of the Winter Meetings. The Phillies are typically active players ... In other news, the Phillies are reportedly refining their search for left-handed relief by meeting with agents for George Sherrill and Dennys Reyes today. Other reports downplayed the team's interest in outfielder Matt Diaz, while linking the team to Delwyn Young, Jeff Francouer and Juan Rivera.