This past week, the Phillies announced the acquisitions of Archie Bradley and infielder C.J. Chatham. To free up space for the duo on the 40-man roster, reliever Victor Arano and outfielder Kyle Garlick were designated for assignment. In a recent turn of events, both players -Arano & Garlick- are expected to join the Braves organization. It has been reported that Atlanta has claimed the two off the waiver wire.
In my opinion, Arano is the bigger loss of the two. Despite being limited to less than 5 innings pitched since 2018 due to injury, he owns a career 2.65 ERA in the big leagues. If he can come back healthy, this may come back to haunt us, especially considering the fact he is now within our division. I felt like Arano, still just 25 years of age, could have had a place on this team if given the chance. Now a team that has dealt with its fair share of bullpen woes in recent years will look for production elsewhere.
Garlick, who will be 29 come opening day, was brought over last winter from the Dodgers organization via trade. He struggled in limited at-bat’s this past season and spent much of the summer at the team’s alternate site in Lehigh Valley. This was the case despite the Phillies shuffling outfield corps in 2020. Neither Adam Haseley nor Roman Quinn impressed enough to win the center field job, and Andrew McCutchen spent much of the year as a Designated Hitter. Regardless of all this, Garlick still could not find his way into the lineup.
The Braves 40-man roster, along with the Phillies, both stand full at 40 men apiece. Although this is the case, both teams could still have more up their sleeves before pitchers and catchers report next month. The Phillies remain engaged with free agent J.T. Realmuto, and the Braves front office has been very active this winter. Given their activity so far, it would come as no surprise if they aren’t done making moves.