Nearly 30 former Phillies make Opening Day rosters

J.A. Happ #33 of the Minnesota Twins (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
J.A. Happ #33 of the Minnesota Twins (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

Opening Day has arrived, as the Philadelphia Phillies will kick off their 139th season in franchise history Thursday afternoon as they take on their division-rival Atlanta Braves.

When doing so, there will be a handful of familiar faces in the opposing dugout — including their former catcher prospect traded for Roy Halladay, Travis d’Arnaud; and starting pitchers Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly.

However, there are dozens of more former Phillies that have made the Opening Day rosters of the 28 other teams in Major League Baseball. Here is a guide to follow, broken down by position:


  • Asdrubal Cabrera, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Maikel Franco, Baltimore Orioles
  • Freddy Galvis, Baltimore Orioles
  • Cesar Hernandez, Cleveland Indians
  • Carlos Santana, Kansas City Royals
  • Jonathan Villar (prospect), New York Mets
  • J.P. Crawford, Seattle Mariners
  • Josh Harrison (2020 spring training invitee), Washington Nationals

Once the top hitting prospect in the Phillies farm system, J.P. Crawford is entering his third season already with the Seattle Mariners. Crawford and Cesar Hernandez (entering his second season with the Cleveland Indians) both won Gold Glove awards in 2020.


  • Travis d’Arnaud (prospect), Atlanta Braves
  • Wilson Ramos, Detroit Tigers
  • Jorge Alfaro, Miami Marlins

Jorge Alfaro, who was part of the deal for J.T. Realmuto, slashed just .226/.280/.344 in 31 games last season with the Miami Marlins. Alfaro last played for the Phillies in 2018, where he produced a .262 batting average, along with 10 home runs and 37 RBI, in 108 games.


  • Corey Dickerson, Miami Marlins
  • Kyle Garlick, Minnesota Twins
  • Jay Bruce, New York Yankees
  • Darin Ruf, San Francisco Giants

Jay Bruce will be the starting first baseman for the New York Yankees, although he logged much of his playing time in the outfield during his recent Phillies tenure. Darin Ruf enters his second season under the Gabe Kapler-led San Francisco Giants.


  • Charlie Morton, Atlanta Braves
  • Drew Smyly, Atlanta Braves
  • Nick Pivetta, Boston Red Sox
  • Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
  • Brandon Workman, Chicago Cubs
  • Tony Watson (2021 spring training invitee), Los Angeles Angels
  • J.A. Happ, Minnesota Twins
  • Carlos Carrasco (prospect), New York Mets
  • Aaron Loup, New York Mets
  • Trevor May (prospect), New York Mets
  • Cole Irvin, Oakland Athletics
  • Jose Alvarez, San Francisco Giants
  • Joely Rodriguez, Texas Rangers
  • Luis Avilan, Washington Nationals

With Cole Hamels still unsigned, fellow left-hander J.A. Happ represents the last active member of the 2008 World Series championship team. Entering his 15th season, the 38-year-old last played for the Phillies more than a decade ago (2010).

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