Nine Phillies roster additions made pre-lockout that you probably forgot about.
Major League Baseball has been locked out for more than seven weeks — putting a halt to any transactions the Philadelphia Phillies can make to their big-league roster.
Once the owners and players’ association come to an agreement — hopefully sooner than later — there will likely be a short free agency window for President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski to fill any roster vacancies before a shortened spring training gets underway.
Before the lockout began in early December, however, the Phillies already acquired several players. Here are nine who will soon compete down in Clearwater for big-league playing time in the 2022 regular season:
1. Johan Camargo, infielder
Less than an hour before the December 1, 2021, roster freeze and subsequent lockout, the Phillies signed free-agent third baseman Johan Camargo to a one-year deal worth $1.4 million, plus up to an extra $100,000 in incentives. As Philly.com’s Matt Breen notes, Camargo will become the first Phillies position player from Panama (upon his debut) since 2008 World Series-winning catcher Carlos Ruiz.
In a corresponding move, the Phillies designated once-prized pitching prospect Adonis Medina for assignment. Medina went unclaimed and remains in the Phillies system.
A 2021 World Series champion, Camargo appeared in all five seasons of his career with the Atlanta Braves. Playing 134 games in 2018, the switch-hitter impressively slashed .272/.349/.457 with 27 doubles, 19 home runs and 76 RBI.
The 28-year-old play second base, shortstop, and third base. In 2020, Camargo notably committed just one error spanning 103 chances between the second and third base positions.