The Phillies have five arbitration-eligible players: Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez, Luis Garcia, Cameron Rupp, and Franco.All five are expected to be offered a contract unless traded first. The Phillies are interviewing candidates for their triple-A managerial job, vacated when Dusty Wathan joined the major-league staff. Roman Quinn was released by his Dominican Republic winter-ball team after just two hits in 16 at-bats.Kevin Maitan, a shortstop from Venezuela rated as one of the top prospects in his class, is one of the players who could be granted free agency.
He was a rookie-league pitching coach for three seasons prior to that.
The Phillies have hired four coaches — Gott, Rick Kranitz, John Mallee, and Dusty Wathan.
One situation that bears watching: Major League Baseball is expected to issue its punishment before Thanksgiving for the Atlanta Braves’ international scandal, and the Braves risk the loss of several prospects who could be declared free agents.
A similar situation unfolded two summers ago when numerous Boston prospects had their contracts voided.
Cassander, one of Alexander the Great's army officers, had founded the city in the fourth century B. and named it after his wife (one of Alexander's half-sisters).