Philadelphia Phillies Offseason Update and Upcoming Information

Rupert PupkinCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2008

Hey everyone, wanted to keep you all posted on what is going on this offseason with the Phillies and with me. 

The Phillies have re-signed Yoel Hernandez. Hernandez was with the Phils throughout the 2007 season. He finished the year with only 14 appearances, an 0-0 record, and 5.28 ERA. Opponents were hitting over .300 against the right hander.

The bottom line: Hernandez will likely spend the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. If there is a major injury to a right-handed reliever, Hernandez could spend a little time with the big club. It is unlikely, however, that he will affect the organization at all. 

The Phils have also signed 10 others to minor-league deals; here is the info on them:

Right-handers Yorman Bazardo, Justin Pope, left-handers Jason Mackintosh and Joshua Shortslef, first baseman/outfielder Brian Stavisky, and outfielders Casey Craig, Kevin Mahar, Wilkin Ruan, Mike Spidale, and Rich C. Thompson.

Here is some analysis on the signings I adapted from the blog BeerLeaguer:

Bazardo, who has arguably the best name of the group, appeared in only three games with the Tigers last season and has also seen time with the Marlins. He has a 44-44 record and 4.01 ERA in 866 2-3 minor league innings, most of it as a starter with the Florida, Seattle, and Detroit organizations.

Mackintosh is ex-Seattle property and appeared in 11 games with the Double-A Reading Phillies last season. Craig is another ex-Mariner.

Shortslef has been in the Bucs' organization since 2000 and has yet to appear in the majors. Mahar is a 6'5", 220-pound outfielder who appeared in seven games with the Rangers two seasons ago. In five minor-league seasons, he’s a .285/.346/.456 hitter and spent time in Clearwater in '08.

Pope and Spidale were with Reading in ’08, while Thompson was with Lehigh Valley.

Ruan spent parts of two seasons with the Dodgers long ago and has earned paychecks in 11 minor league seasons since 1998. He's 30 and without power.

Stavisky, a lefty bat with moderate pop, is a Port Allegany, Penn. product who climbed Oakland’s ladder all the way to Triple-A and was most recently with the Lancaster Barnstormers and Arkansas Travelers.


In addition to some updates, I will mostly focus on blogging for the rest of the offseason. You can visit my blog Phillie Phanatics at You can check that for breaking news throughout the offseason. The blog will also pick up a little Eagles coverage during their playoff run.

Upcoming interviews will apear on the blog and BleacherReport. Upcoming interviews include Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News this week, Joe Conklin of and 610 WIP-AM this week, Scott Franzke and Chris Wheeler of the Phillies broadcast team next week, Michael Barkann of Comcast SportsNet mid-January, Ray Didinger, NFL Hall-of-Famer, producer at NFL Films, author of multiple books, Eagles Post Game Live analyst, and host on 610 WIP-AM after the Super Bowl, and NFL Referee Ed Hochuli also after the Super Bowl.

I'm sure even more interviews will come up, so just check Shay Roddy's page or his blog. Have a great New Year's, everyone!