Beginning tomorrow, the players who filed for free agency, including Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Madson, will be able to sign with any team. CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury provides the latest download above.
Beerleaguer: Interesting that Salisbury says the Phillies believe they need a closer more than a shortstop. Rollins rated ninth in among shortstops with a 3.8 WAR and hit .268/.338/.399 with 16 homers (101 OPS+). He's the second-best shortstop behind Jose Reyes in a thin free agent class. Meanwhile, Madson's 1.7 ranked 15th in the league in reliever WAR and saved 32 games. The closer market is relatively deep and talented, including names like Jonathan Papelbon, Heath Bell and Joe Nathan, with an even deeper second tier headed by names like Francisco Rodriguez and Francisco Cordero. It's a more attractive shopping season than most in terms of relievers.
Transactions: The Phillies recently released a handful of prospects, including RHP Craig Fritsch, RHP Siulman Lebron, RHP Juan Morillo, 1B Matt Holland, SS Kenny Miramontes, SS Nerio Rios, OF Luis Amaro, OF Jorge Castillo, OF Witer Jimenez, OF Jorge Miranda, OF Bernardo Solarte. (via Baseball America). The Phillies have also hired Triple-A veteran and 2008 September call-up Andy Tracy as a minor league manager awaiting assignment, according to Phillies.com.