Phillies Sign Rafael Marchan and “Agree” with Jhailyn Ortiz

As expected the language here tells the story.  The Phillies can easily fit Marchan in now, but can’t fit Ortiz in without going over.  No news on what Marchan’s bonus will be, but Ortiz looks to be the $4.2M like expected.

I would expect the two deals are structured to fit the Phillies exactly under the expanded pool size they can reach.

Overall the Phillies walk away with a giant slugger who was considered one of the Top 2-3 talents 6 months ago (when they agreed to this deal), who has some questions about his contact ability, but has the talent to make them look really smart.  Marchan is a very interesting prospect who could be a bit of a steal.  He is a converted shortstop who has a great feel for hitting (not a ton of power though) who has the raw tools to catch but will need a lot of work behind the plate.


We have some more signings, some kids the internet does not know about.

Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman
Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.


  1. keith

    Refresh me on signing rules? If Ortiz and Marchan take them to their slot, how can they sign the other two?

    • Matt Winkelman

      If they fit them into the budget already. Given that the other two guys were not referenced anywhere else, both are likely under 100k and within their budget margins

  2. Will the Phillies face any limits on their IFA pool for next year?

    • Matt Winkelman

      If they acquire the slots before signing Ortiz, no they will not.

      • Brian

        Roughly how much slot $ do they need to make that happen?

        • Romus

          Approx. $1.5M.

  3. joe2

    Marchan reminds me of Mike Lieberthal (maybe not at the advanced hitting ability at this time). Thoughts Matt?

  4. Romus

    Natt….John Stolnis writes on the Good Phight……”If the $4 million figure is correct, (for J.Ortiz) it ate up almost all of the team’s $4.7 million it had to spend (including trades for additional bonus money).”

    Now, he is normally a reliable source…….I thought the pool allocation was $3.02M….and $1.5M to be acquired via trade at some point. (max of 50%)
    John S. seems to imply the trades have been already accomplished and the Phillies sit at $4.7M
    Can you explain what I am missing?

    • Matt Winkelman

      Has I put in preview, much like draft you can spend 0-5% of your total pool with the only penalty being 100% tax

      • Romus

        Ok…I see now…John Stolnis is assuming they will get up to their 50% limit via trades. Thanks.
        So we can expect trades soon since other teams are already jumping in the trade market with teams who have no need for the additional money since they are under penalty from prior over-signings. .

  5. phillysf

    Anybody know anything about the newer signings