The Philadelphia Phillies made a shocking wave of moves on Tuesday. They designated RHP Jeanmar Gomez and OF Michael Saunders for assignment, making room for LHP Hoby Milner and OF Cameron Perkins on the 40-man-roster.
The Phillies, who are 22-46, have not been able to successfully rebuild since the days, in which their rotation featured Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. The transaction shocked baseball today, because Gomez was the team's closer entering the season, and Saunders was supposed to be the Phillies' starting left fielder.
Gomez, 29, has spent his eight-year big league career with the Indians, Pirates, and Phillies. This season, Gomez has a record of 3-2, with an earned run average of 7.25, which is obviously not good. In 22.1 innings pitched, Gomez has allowed 18 earned runs and seven home runs. He has two saves this season.
Saunders, 30, has spent his nine-year big league career with the Mariners, Blue Jays, and Phillies. Saunders, was an all-star last year with the Blue Jays, when he hit 24 home runs and collected 57 RBIs. Saunders has disappointed the Phillies front office this season, as he owns a bellow-average slash line of .205/.257/.360 with 6 HRs and 20 RBIs in 200 at-bats.
The Phillies will be responsible for Saunders' one-year, eight-million dollar contract this season, if he is claimed by another team. Saunders has an option for the 2018 season worth 11-million dollars. The Phillies and Saunders agreed to a deal during the free agency period last winter, which guarantees Saunders nine-million dollars.