Phillies sign INF/OF Alexi Amarista to minors deal; more roster notes

The Phillies today announced they have signed veteran INF/OF Alexi Amarista to a minor league contract. He will report immediately to minor league camp.

Amarista, 28, has been in the majors since 2010 and has played for the Angels, Padres, Rockies and was most recently released by the Detroit Tigers. Amarista hit .190 with 5 RBIs in 42 ABs this spring as a member of the Tigers.

In his career, he is a .231 hitter with 21 homers. He is best known for his slick glove. Amarista will provide depth for the Phils in the minors.

With opening day just three days away, the Phillies final roster is taking shape.

Jesmuel Valentin, who was having a nice spring for the Phillies, was sent down to Triple-A on Sunday where he will benefit from getting more at-bats and developing his skills further. Look for Valentin to be added to the Phils big league roster eventually during the season. He will provide good depth for Lehigh Valley.

The Phillies also sent outfielder Roman Quinn, LH reliever Zac Curtis and starting pitcher Zac Eflin to Triple-A on Monday morning.

With these moves being made, the Phillies will take twelve position players north to begin the regular season.

The Phillies two catchers will be primary starter Jorge Alfaro and back-up Andrew Knapp.

The infield is set with third-baseman Maikel Franco, shortstop J.P. Crawford, second baseman Cesar Hernandez and first baseman Carlos Santana.

The Phillies outfielders to begin the season will be Rhys Hoskins, Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr.

The Phillies will also be bringing versatile INF/OFs Pedro Florimon and Scott Kingery to the big leagues.

According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philly, the Phillies will begin the season with a 4-man rotation until Jake Arrieta is activated on April 8 when he will make his Phillies debut at Citizens Bank Park against Miami. Salisbury notes that Arrieta could begin the season on the DL or be optioned to the minors until his debut.

The Phils 4-man rotation appears to be set with:

1. Aaron Nola

2. Nick Pivetta

3. Vince Velasquez

4. Ben Lively.

The Phillies bullpen is currently constructed of Luis Garcia, Tommy Hunter, left handlers Hoby Milner & Adam Morgan, Hector Neris, Pat Neshek, Edubray Ramos and Drew Hutchison.

Salisbury also notes that a battle for the final bullpen spot is on-going between Jake Thompson & Victor Arano.

Stay tuned for further roster updates.

Written By: Seamus Doyle

@saintseamus @PHIToughSports

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