Jimmy Rollins hasn't played baseball since the middle of last June when he was released by the Chicago White Sox. Unable to find a major league contract last season, he has had to settle for a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants for 2017, which also includes an invitation to Spring Training. The deal with San Francisco would reportedly only pay the veteran shortstop $1-million if he makes the club, but it brings with it the opportunity to play very close to home. Rollins was born in Oakland and grew up in Alameda, which makes San Francisco perfect for him.
With Brandon Crawford settled in at the shortstop position with the Giants and Rollins having experience only at the shortstop position, making the club could be a tough proposition. There's no word on whether Rollins would accept playing at Triple-A Sacramento if he doesn't make the club, but if he does, former Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Dave Brundage would be his manager. After four seasons with the 'Pigs, Brundage was let go at the end of last season, and recently signed on to manage at Triple-A for the Giants.
The four-time Gold Glove winner, who is now 38, played for the Phillies for 15 seasons before he was dealt to the Dodgers in two years ago. Since then, he's played for Los Angeles and the Chicago White Sox, and now, hopes to potentially finish his career at home.
Second baseman Chase Utley, who had a good run playing second base for the Dodgers after being dealt there by the Phillies, is a free agent and still unsigned.
Pitcher David Buchanan was thought to be a longstanding member of the Phillies rotation by now, but that never panned out. In 35 starts with the Phillies, Buchanan could muster just a 5.01 ERA and was released a month ago. The 27-year old will spend the season pitching in Japan, with the Yakult Swallows for a reported salary of $750-thousand. Another Phillies right-hander, Phil Klein, who made two starts for the club last season and was pounded to the tune of an 8.44 ERA in those starts and two relief appearances. Klein also pitched for the Rangers, but over three seasons, has a career mark of 2-3 with a 5.50 ERA in the majors. Even with those numbers, Klein was welcomed by the Yokohama BayStars, where he'll somehow make $1.25-million in 2017.
Both pitchers do have strong Triple-A credentials, but could never quite convert those numbers to success in the majors.
Pitcher Sean O'Sullivan, who pitched in the Phillies organization and made a few starts in Philly, will pitch in Korea in 2017, making approximately $1.1-million.
Catcher A.J. Ellis, who came to the Phillies from the Dodgers in the Carlos Ruiz trade, signed a one-year, $2.5-million deal with Miami for the upcoming season. Pitcher Charlie Morton, got a two-year, $14-million deal from the Astros even though he missed most of last season with an injury. The Phillies non-tendered Morton, rather than pay him approximately $7-million through arbitration.
The Phillies re-signed two of their own free agents, when Jeremy Hellickson accepted a one-year, $17.2-million qualifying offer from the Phillies, while utility infielder Andres Blanco returns to the club, also on a one-year deal. Andrew Bailey made 33 relief appearances for the Phillies before making 12 more with the Angels. He had zero success with the Phillies, but pitched well enough in Anaheim that he was re-signed to a one-year, $1-million deal.
On the minor league front, Emmanuel Burriss signed a minor league deal with the Nationals, Gabriel Lino signed with the Cardinals and infielder K.C. Serna signed with the Marlins. Left-hander Patrick Schuster will pitch in the Dodgers organization in 2017 and Anthony Vasquez signed a minor league deal with the Tigers.
The Phillies gave up on Brett Oberholtzer last season after acquiring him in the Ken Giles trade with the Astros. The lefty has signed a minor league deal with Toronto. Former Phillies Michael Martinez and Erik Kratz will presumably play together at Triple-A Columbus this season, after both got minor league deals from the Indians.
Former Phillies who are still listed as minor league free agents include, Jake Fox, Cedric Hunter, David Lough. Christian Marrero and Jimmy Paredes. Pitchers Frank Herrmann, Gregory Infante and James Russell are also remaining on the free agent market.
Other former Phillies, or in some cases, Phillies farmhands, who are still unsigned include Michael Bourn, Marlon Byrd, Gavin Floyd, Jeff Francoeur, Brandon Moss, Jonathan Papelbon, Ben Revere, Ryan Vogelsong, Jerome Williams and Vance Worley.