Looking At All Of Matt Klentak’s Roster Moves With The Phillies Is Mind Numbingly Sad

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So Matt Klentak still has a job. I don’t know how or why but he does. So I thought to myself, let’s look at some of the roster moves he made since he was brought here. And boy oh boy, not a great body of work. Also, 2015? I don’t know why but I didn’t think he has been around since 2015. 5 years of this guy. FIVE YEARS.

Jon, do the right thing, fire him and sell the team.

Anyway , here are all of his moves. Pour yourself a stiff drink, scroll with caution and comment with your “favorite”


November 14: Acquired right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for rookie league right-hander Sam McWilliams.

December 1: Claimed right-hander Michael Mariot off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.

December 2: Claimed outfielder Peter Bourjos off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.

December 9: Signed right-hander David Hernandez to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

December 10: Selected Tyler Goeddel and Daniel Stumpf in the Rule 5 Draft

December 12: Acquired right-hander Charlie Morton from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for single-A right-hander David Whitehead.

December 12: Traded right-hander Ken Giles and rookie league infielder Jonathan Arauz to the Houston Astros in exchange for right-hander Vince Velasquez, left-hander Brett Oberholtzer, double-A right-hander Mark Appel, rookie league right-hander Thomas Eshelman, and single-A right-hander Harold Arauz.


January 29: Claimed left-hander Bobby LaFromboise off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

February 3: Acquired right-hander Yoervis Medina from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for left-hander Jesse Biddle.

March 25: Signed manager Pete Mackanin to a new two-year contract covering the 2016 and 2017 seasons, with a club option for the 2018 season.

June 1: Acquired infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.

June 9: Selected outfielder Mickey Moniak with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

November 7: Acquired right-handed pitcher Pat Neshek from the Houston Astros in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations (believe they accepted cash) and exercised Neshek’s club option for the 2017 season.

November 11: Acquired outfielder/infielder Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for first baseman Darin Ruf and triple-A second baseman Darnell Sweeney.

November 18: Designated right-handers David Buchanan and Jimmy Cordero for assignment.

December 2: Claimed left-handed pitcher David Rollins off waivers from the Texas Rangers.

December 6: Signed right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit to a one-year, $7.5 million contract.

December 14: Re-signed infielder Andrés Blanco to a one-year, $3 million contract.

December 15: Signed center fielder Odubel Herrera to a five-year, $30.5 million contract through the 2021 season, plus club options in 2022 ($11.5 million with $2.5 million buyout) and 2023 ($12.5 million with $1 million buyout).

December 20: Acquired right-hander Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for single-A minor league second baseman Josh Tobias.


January 19: Signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year, $8 million contract with a $11 million club option and $1 million buyout for the 2018 season.

April 5: Double-A outfielder Tyler Goeddel selected off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds.

April 22: Acquired infielder/outfielder Ty Kelly from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.

May 11: Signed manager Pete Mackanin to a new two-year contract, extending him through the 2018 season, with a club option for the 2019 season.

June 12: Selected 21-year-old University of Virginia outfielder Adam Haseley in the first round (8th overall) of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft.

June 20: Designated outfielder Michael Saunders and reliever Jeanmar Gomez for assignment (both released June 24).

July 26: Traded reliever Pat Neshek to the Rockies for single-A shortstop Jose Gomez (ranked as Rockies’ 21st best prospect by MLBPipeline.com at time of trade) and single-A right-handers Alejandro Requena and J.D. Hammer.

July 28: Traded Howie Kendrick and cash to the Nationals for single-A left-hander McKenzie Mills (ranked as Nationals’ 18th best prospect by MLBPipeline.com at time of trade) and international bonus pool money.

July 28: Traded Jeremy Hellickson and cash to the Orioles for outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, double-A left-hander Garrett Cleavinger and international bonus pool money. Phillies claimed roughly $1 million total in international bonus pool money with both trades.

July 31: Traded right-hander Joaquin Benoit and cash considerations to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for single-A right-hander Seth McGarry.

August 31: Claimed right-hander Juan Nicasio off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

September 6: Traded right-hander Juan Nicasio to the St. Louis Cardinals for 2B Eliezer Alvarez.

September 29: Fired Pete Mackanin as manager, but will remain with Phillies as a special assistant to the general manager.

October 30: Hired Gabe Kapler as manager.

December 15: Traded shortstop Freddy Galvis to the San Diego Padres in exchange for 21-year-old right-hander Enyel De Los Santos.

December 15: Signed right-handed relief pitchers Pat Neshek to a 2 years/$16.25 million contract and Tommy Hunter to a 2 year/$18 million contract.

December 20: Signed switch-hitting first baseman Carlos Santana to a 3 years/$60 million contract.


March 12: Signed right-hander Jake Arrieta to a 3 year/$75 million contract.

June 4: Selected Alec Bohm, a 21-year-old third baseman from Wichita State University, in the first round (No. 3 overall) of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.

July 27: Acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the New York Mets in exchange for right-hander Franklyn Kilome.

July 31: Acquired catcher Wilson Ramos and cash considerations from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations (Marc Topkin confirmed via twitter on Aug 15 that Rays took the cash).

July 31: Acquired left-hander Aaron Loup from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-hander Jacob Waguespack.

August 12: Acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash considerations from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher McKenzie Mills.

August 22: Acquired left-handed reliever Luis Avilán from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league right-hander Felix Paulino.

August 28: Acquired infielder/outfielder José Bautista from the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

December 3: Acquired infielder Jean Segura, right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio and left-handed pitcher James Pazos from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielders J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana.

December 6: Acquired left-handed pitcher José Álvarez from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher Luis García, the club announced tonight.

December 12: Signed free-agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen to a 3 year/$50 million contract.


January 3: Signed David Robertson to 2 Year/$23 million contract.

February 7: Acquired J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins in exchange for catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-hander Sixto Sánchez, left-hander Will Stewart, and international bonus pool money.

February 13: Signed Aaron Nola to a 4 year/$45 million contract.

March 2: Signed Bryce Harper to a 13 year/$330 million contract.

June 2: Acquired Jay Bruce from the Seattle Mariners for Jake Scheiner and cash (Phillies responsible for $2.75 million in 2019 and 2020).

June 3: Selected Bryson Stott in first round of June 2019 Draft

July 20: Acquired Mike Morin from the Minnesota Twins after he was Designated for Assignment.

July 21: Signed Drew Smyly for $211,855 (pro-rated portion of $555,000 Major League minimum)

July 29: Acquired Jason Vargas from the New York Mets with $4,916,667 remaining on contract including $2 million buyout which the Phillies accepted.

July 31: Acquired Corey Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates with $2,741,936 remaining on contract in exchange for international signing bonus money and a player to be named later.

August 15: Claimed Jared Hughes off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.

October 10: Fired Gabe Kapler

October 22: Named Brian Barber director of amateur scouting.

October 24: Hired Joe Girardi as manager

December 9: Signed Zack Wheeler to a 5 year/$118 million contract

December 13: Signed Didi Gregorius to a 1 year/$14 million contract

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October 1, 2020 1:38 pm

It’s incomplete without including the bullpen acquisitions he made during this season. The ones he, “felt really good about”.

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