Florimon, Therrien Become Free Agents

The Phillies did some roster clean-up by activating five players – Zach Eflin, Jerad Eickhoff, Pedro Florimon, Jesen Therrien and Vince Velasquez – from the 60-day DL. Florimon and Therrien were outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and became free agents.

Florimon, 30, played in 15 games with the Phillies last season before suffering a gruesome looking injury that was diagnosed as a dislocated right ankle. In his time with the Phillies, Florimon hit .348 (16-for-46) with a .388 on-base percentage and a .478 slugging percentage. Most of the season, Florimon played at Lehigh Valley where he produced a slash line of 10-33-.265/.347/.410 in 90 games with the IronPigs.

The attractive part of Florimon is that he can play multiple positions. With both Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley, Florimon played every position except catcher and pitcher during the season.

Therrien was drafted by the Phillies in the 17th round of the 2011 Draft and made his major league debut with the Phillies on July 29th. The right-hander made 39 relief appearances in the minors this season recording nine saves between his time with both Double-A Reading and Lehigh Valley. In the minors, he posted a 1.41 ERA. As a major leaguer, Therrien struggled through 15 relief appearances and posted an 8.35 ERA with the Phillies.

The Phillies placed the 24-year old on the 60-day DL on September 11th with what was diagnosed as a right elbow strain. Later in September, Therrien underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2018 season.

It’s possible that both free agents could be re-signed by the Phillies, but by outrighting them the Phillies cleared two roster spots on their 40-man roster, which now stands at 38 players.

Phillies Major League Free Agents

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Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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