The MLB and Phillies off-season is a very long and drawn-out process. It is hard to track where players end up after trades and free-agent signings.
The 2022 Philadelphia Phillies team has been added to Philly sports history’s list of beloved teams. These men brought baseball back to Philadelphia, and the city can’t wait for more Phillies baseball.
With that being said, the Phils were going to end up making moves this off-season to improve the team. The team has accomplished that goal by signing Trea Turner and Taijuan Walker and later trading for Gregory Soto, amongst other moves.
To make room for the new guys, some players had to leave the team to find their next chapter as baseball players. Today, we will go over where some of the most recent former-Phils will be playing baseball next season.
Former Phillies Infielder Jean Segura
The beloved second baseman is no longer under contract with the team. Jean Segura was not re-signed after the team signed Trea Turner and moved Bryson Stott to second base. Without a position to play, it was pretty evident that Jean would not return to the club.
Segura’s Phillies tenure was not always sunshine and rainbows, but he won over the fanbase as time progressed. Jean’s RBI single in the National League Wild Card series against the St. Louis Cardinals was one of the most clutch moments a Phillie has had in years, and Jean will always be remembered for his efforts with the team.
Philadelphia will see a lot of Jean this season, as he signed with the Miami Marlins. It is rumored that Segura will play either Shortstop or Third Base for the fish.
Graduated Phillies Daycare Members Nick Maton & Matt Vierling
In the most recent move the Phillies have made, they traded Nick Maton and Matt Vierling to the Detroit Tigers in the Gregory Soto deal. Maton and Vierling were two crucial members of last year’s team, and fans rallied behind both young players.
Nick Maton debuted for Philly in the 2020 COVID season. His versatility and quick bat speed were very valuable to the team, and he has a great chance of winning a starting job with the Tigers. One of Nick’s best moments as a Phillie was when he got a hit off his brother Phil in the final series of the regular season.
Matt Vierling debuted for the team in 2021 toward the end of their season. Vierling got a chance after the Phillies’ offense began to struggle. Matt played well down the stretch and earned an opportunity to fight for a starting spot in Spring Training in 2022.
Vierling had a lot of great moments with the Phillies in the last couple of seasons, including his legendary Car Shield commercials. Matt will also have a chance to win a starting job with Detroit this upcoming season.
If you had told Phillies fans that Noah Syndergaard would be a Phillie in 2016, fans would have been off the rails. While Philadelphia didn’t get that version of Thor this season with the team, they did get a serviceable veteran starter.
Syndergaard did everything Rob Thomson asked of him once he arrived in Philly. Noah started and came out of the bullpen during the postseason run for the Phillies and provided stability in the four-starter role.
The veteran right-hander will get another opportunity to start as he signed with the Dodgers this off-season.
The second run of his Phillies career was far better than the first. David Robertson came to the team in a trade deadline deal and instantly made an impact in the bullpen. Robertson was hell-bent on proving to Philly that his first go around with the team was just an unfortunate series of events.
While David slowed down from the pace he was on when he joined the team, the long-time reliever pitched in many big moments for the team in the postseason.
David joined the New York Mets this off-season, and I am sure the Phillies will get a chance to face their former teammate in 2023.
The longest-tenured Phillie on this list, Zach Eflin, will not be suiting up in red pinstripes for the Phillies this season.
Zach was acquired by the Phillies in a trade with the Dodgers for Jimmy Rollins in the middle of their rebuild era. The Phillies, by all means, won this deal and got a player who gave them years of solid pitching performances.
Injuries shaped the trajectory of his Phillies career, but once Zach returned from injury in 2022, he made a significant impact out of the bullpen. Getting his first career save in the game that sent the team to the postseason for the first time since 2011 may be Eflin’s most significant moment as a Phillie.
Zach signed a three-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays this off-season, and it was the most extensive free-agent contract the team has ever handed out. Wishing Zach the best of luck with the Rays.
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