The Phillies outrighted 7 players off of the 40 man roster today. Five of them are completely unsurprising, as Chase d’Arnaud, Jordan Danks, Adam Loewen, Erik Kratz, and Ken Roberts all go to AAA and then free agency after the world series. None of them had any future in Philadelphia so nothing lost here. The other two players are both right handed pitchers in Justin De Fratus and Jonathan Pettibone.
Pettibone is rehabbing from shoulder surgery. If the Phillies don’t bring him back as a free agent, it would likely imply quite a few things about the nature of his rehab. I suspect that Pettibone does come back and continues his rehab with the Phillies. By doing this the Phillies did clear a roster spot for the offseason where there is no 60 day DL.
The case of De Fratus has been well chronicled this year. Ryne Sandberg used him a lot and his stuff really suffered towards the end of the year and he never really pitched in leverage situations all year. This does obscure the fact that he saw his big drop in stuff in 2014 as he learned to pitch in a lower velocity band as his stuff from 2013 never really returned. He was quite good with his diminished stuff in 2014, but that didn’t carry over this season (even before Sandberg overused him). He is now 28 years old and arb eligible with no minor league options. That puts him firmly behind players like Colton Murray and Hector Neris in playing time for the future, as well as all of the minor league arms the Phillies had. De Fratus is now a free agent and will look to latch on with another team on a minor league deal.