BREAKING: Brock Stassi, Daniel Nava make the team; Goeddel to be DFA’d

UPDATE (5:05 p.m.): Matt Gelb reports Tyler Goeddel will be designated for assignment to clear up the 40-man roster, and they may trade him in the coming days.

Opinion: I don’t quite understand why it’s Goeddel instead of Luis Garcia. The team should be more open to keeping a potential everyday outfielder over a reliever, especially one who has shuttled back and forth from Lehigh Valley to Philadelphia. Goeddel may need work, but he’s much more valuable than Garcia (and especially Nava).


The Phillies announced Thursday that first baseman Brock Stassi and outfielder Daniel Nava have earned the final two bench spots.

Infielder Jesmuel Valentin told reporters he was being sent to triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Stassi certainly earned the right – he’s hitting .339/.403/.714 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 56 spring at bats. Watch this video, courtesy Ryan Lawrence, in which an emotional Stassi speaks about the enormity of the news.

Nava also earned his spot, hitting .386/.481/.523 in 44 spring at bats.

Valentin also played well – .366/.422/.512 – and would’ve been a good utility man in case of any problems in the infield, but Andres Blanco is on board already. Also, Valentin, 22, will be able to get further seasoning in Lehigh Valley. He’ll join a pretty stacked lineup there.

Since both Stassi and Nava are now on the 25-man roster, they’re on the 40-man roster, which means the Phils will need to take another player off the 40-man. We’ll let you know when that player’s name is revealed.

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  1. bruce

    March 30, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Congratulations to Stassi and Nava in making the Phillies roster. They deserve it and hopefully they may get the opportunity to come off the bench and show what they can do at bat and on the field.

    As for Goeddel, he lost out to a numbers game. The Phillies are loaded with outfielders on their roster and a few more waiting in the wings from Triple A (Quinn and Williams). Personally, I saw very little in the way of promise or potential from Goeddel when he had some playing time last season. So I can understand the management’s thinking that he was definitely expendable. Of course, we know there is a saying that can be apply to Luis Garcia: You can NEVER have enough pitching. That is so true for the Phillies. Pitching has been erratic for both the starters and bullpen last season and seemingly carried over to this year’s spring training.

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