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The Phillies signed a couple of minor league players, kept one of their own and said good-bye to two others

While most of the baseball world is watching what's happening in the postseason, the minor league maneuvering continues. The Phillies have added a couple new arms, re-signed a key relief prospect and said good-bye to two other players.

First, let's start with the players who exited.

Left-hander James Russell and outfielder Cedric Hunter both declared free agency. Russell was able to become a free agent since he has more than five years of major league service and was outrighted during the season. Hunter was outrighted for the second time in his career, giving him the option of declaring himself a free agent. Both could have become free agents during the season, when they were outrighted, but they both elected to wait until after the season to become free agents.

For the first time in his career, Hunter, 28, opened the season on a major league roster with the Phillies. He hit just .088 in 13 games with the Phillies and was outrighted to Lehigh Valley on April 18 and spent the rest of the season with the IronPigs, where he hit 10-53-.294/.325/.433 in 98 games. Russell was outrighted to the IronPigs on April 22nd after posting an 18.69 ERA in seven games with the Phillies. With Lehigh Valley, he went 3-5 with a 4.29 ERA in 29 games, 13 of which were starts.

The Phillies also re-signed minor league pitcher Miguel Nunez, who spent most of the season with Double-A Reading, where he went 4-3 with a 3.11 ERA in 45 games. Between Clearwater and Reading, Nunez saved 20 games on the season.

New to the organization are two pitchers who went undrafted last June. Left-hander Casey Brown, 23, who pitched at Central Connecticut State in college and then signed with the Normal Cornbelters of the independent Frontier League after going undrafted. The Wenonah, New Jersey product pitched in 16 games for Normal, all in relief, going 1-0 with one save and posting a 3.85 ERA.

Scot Hoffman, 23, pitched for High Point University in 2016 and was 5-5 with a 5.17 ERA in 14 starts. While Hoffman went undrafted last June, he was drafted by the Pirates in the 36th round of the 2013 Draft, but elected to return to school rather than sign. Hoffman also pitched at South Mountain Community College prior to attending High Point.

In a couple of procedural moves that have no bearing on the player's status with the organization, the Phillies also recalled right-handers David Buchanan and Jimmy Cordero, along with lefty Elvis Araujo.

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