The Philadelphia Phillies announced on Friday that JD Hammer, Ramon Rosso, Andrew Knapp, Ronald Torreyes, Odubel Herrera, and Travis Jankowski were outrighted and elected free agency.
Knapp, the Phillies backup catcher since 2017, played in 309 games with the club over five seasons. Knapp never produced impressive numbers offensively, but he was a serviceable backstop, calling good games, having solid relationships with Phillies starters, and providing a good presence in the clubhouse. Knapp's career slashline of .214/.314/.322 with only 13 homers and 62 RBI won't be missed, however. It's unknown if Philadelphia will choose Rafael Marchan, prospect Logan O'Hoppe, or look elsewhere for their backup to J.T. Realmuto.
Torreyes had a career season in 2021 with the Phillies that is unlikely to be replicated. In 111 games this season, Torreyes batted .242/.286/.346, with seven homeruns, and 41 RBI. But "Toe" seemed to always come up clutch, and with RISP, he hit .321/.398/.481, with an OPS of .879 and 34 RBI.
After the Phillies declined his club option, Herrera has now elected free agency. He made his debut with the Phillies in 2015, and was selected as a MLB All-Star in 2016. In 124 games in 2021, he batted .260/.310/.416 with 13 home runs and 51 RBI.
Hammer made his debut with the Phillies in 2019. The 27-year-old pitched in 20 games this season, with a 4.95 ERA, 1.600 WHIP, and 22 strikeouts in 20 innings. Hammer spent the entirety of 2020 in the minors, so in only 40 career games with Philadelphia, he posted a 4.38 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 39 innings.
Rosso debuted with the Phillies during the 2020 season. He spent most of his time in the minors as well, appearing in only 14 games with the Phillies. Across 17.2 innings, he pitched to the likes of a 6.11 ERA, 1.698 WHIP, and had 18 strikeouts.
In his debut season with Philadelphia, Jankowski appeared in 76 games, starting in 30 of them. The Lancaster native hit .252/.364/.351 with an OPS of .715. He was a serviceable utility man for the Phillies in 2021.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski and the Philadelphia front office are bound to have a busy winter, and with these six players electing free agency, they will have even more choices to make.
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