The Winter Meetings continue!
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Here’s Wednesday’s stuff, from the Carlos Gonzalez talk to the heightened Machado rumors.
Here’s Tuesday’s stuff, from the Jake Arrieta scuttlebutt to the Tommy Hunter signing.
And here’s Monday’s stuff, from the Manny Machado rumors to the Pat Neshek signing.
9:18 a.m.: Burdi, who will be 25 next year, is injury prone. He put up a 0.53 ERA in 14 games, striking out 20 and walking four for double-A Chattanooga before tearing his UCL, which led to Tommy John surgery.
So Burdi can go onto the 60-day disabled list. But then, once he recovers, he will have to both go onto the 40-man and 25-man rosters. Rule 5 rules still apply. The Phils are betting on Burdi to rehabilitate and be good enough to be a major leaguer by late 2018.
Or they’ll trade him, as multiple reporters are saying.
9:16 a.m.: The White Sox select Carlos Tocci from the Phillies farm system in the Rule 5 Drat.
9:15 a.m.: The Phillies select Nick Burdi, a right-handed pitcher from the Twins farm system, in the Rule 5 Draft.
9:13 a.m.: Now Jon Heyman says there’s “no expectation” that Machado would open the negotiation window for a long-term deal. That would make him a rental, which doesn’t make sense for the Phils.
9:06 a.m..: It’s the final day of the Winter Meetings. Which means it’s Rule 5 Day. We’ll update you as soon as the Phils (possibly) pick and (possibly) lose any players.
Also, Machado Watch continues. Bob Nightengale tweeted early in the morning that the Orioles feel they can get a deal done by late this week with a team. The Phillies are players, but Ken Rosenthal reported that the White Sox were being very aggressive. One wrinkle, as always, is the possibility for a long-term extension, which both the Phils and Sox would need. If they don’t get it, the Sox could flip Machado to a team needing a rental, Rosenthal continued.