July 18 is an important day on the Phillies calendar.
General manager Matt Klentak is tasked with making decisions on multiple non-roster invitees. The team has to inform veterans such as Neil Walker, Logan Forsythe and Francisco Liriano whether or not they will make the Opening-Day roster today. Walker, Forsythe and Liriano can also be offered a retention bonus to stay behind and work at the Phillies alternative training site in Lehigh Valley if they are not offered a roster spot.
If the player does not accept the retention bonus, any of the three players can opt-out of their minor-league contact. Josh Harrison, Ronald Torreyes, Anthony Swarzak, Blake Parker and Phil Gosselin can also opt-out of their deals today, but are not eligible for the retention money. The Phillies can also release any of these players.
Forsythe, 33, signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies in February. A nine-year major-league veteran, Forsythe played for the Texas Rangers as a utility infielder in 2019 where he slashed .227/.325/.353 in 101 games played. He would have served in a similar capacity with the Phillies if he had made the team.
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