Phillies Open Three Roster Spots

It’s an annual rite of passage. Teams purge players from their 40-man roster in preparation for other moves to come during the offseason. In the Phillies case, they’ve started the offseason with a full compliment of 40 players on their roster and seven others who will have to be activated from the 60-day DL.

To start clearing room, the Phillies placed pitchers Henderson Alvarez and Kevin Siegrist and utility player Ty Kelly on waivers. All three cleared waivers and elected to become free agents.

Alvarez was signed to a minor league deal late in the season after pitching in independent league baseball. With Lehigh Valley, Alvarez made three starts and finished with a 2-0 record and a 2.84 ERA. The Phillies brought the former National League All-Star to the majors in September and he made three starts going 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA. Ironically, major league hitters hit .250 against Alvarez, while Triple-A players hit .268 against him.

Shoulder surgery knocked Alvarez out of his spot in the Marlins rotation. Coming into the 2017 season, Alvarez had started 92 major league games with Toronto and Miami, going 27-34, 3.80 and appearing in the 2014 All-Star Game as a Marlin. The last time Alvarez had pitched in the majors prior to this season was in 2015 with Miami.

The Phillies claimed Siegrist off waivers from St. Louis. The 28-year old earned $1.7-million this season and was a combined 1-1 with a 4.81 ERA with the Cardinals and Phillies. The left-hander had a respectable 3.60 ERA in seven relief appearances with the Phillies, covering five innings of work.

Kelly, a switch-hitting 29-year old, was purchased from the Toronto Blue Jays in April, 12 days after being claimed by the Blue Jays after being released by the Mets.

Kelly played in 69 games with the Phillies, hitting .193 and is a career .211 hitter in 111 major league games. This season, Kelly played at second and third base and at all three outfield spots with the Phillies.

Once the World Series is over, players have five days to file for free agency. At that point, Alvarez, Siegrist and Kelly will be able to sign with any major league team. The Phillies will also have other players come off of the 40-man roster when they file for free agency. Clay Buchholz, Andres Blanco, Hyun Soo Kim and Daniel Nava will all come off of the Phillies 40-man roster. At that point, the Phillies will have 34 players with six others needing spots when they come off of the 60-day DL.

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