The Phillies made the following roster moves today:
- Agreed to terms on a contract for the 2024 season with INF/OF Jake Cave, RHP Dylan Covey and C Garrett Stubbs
- Tendered contracts to five arbitration-eligible players: INF Alec Bohm, RHP Jeff Hoffman, INF Edmundo Sosa, LHP Gregory Soto and LHP Ranger Suárez
- The club did not tender a contract to LHP Josh Fleming
Phillies President of Baseball Operations David Dombrowski made the announcements.
Cave, 30, made the Phillies’ Opening Day roster in 2023 and appeared in 65 regular season games and an additional three games in the postseason. Defensively, he appeared in left field (35 games), first base (17 games), right field (11 games) and in center field (1 game). Cave also appeared in 59 games for triple-A Lehigh Valley where he hit .346 (61-237) with 30 doubles, one triple, 16 home runs and 49 RBI. He was named International League Player of the Month for May when he slashed .404/.500/.798. Cave was originally selected by the New York Yankees in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
Covey, 32, set a single-season career high with 29 appearances in 2023 between the Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. Claimed off waivers from the Dodgers on May 20, Covey posted a 2.76 ERA (13 ER, 42.1 IP) in 28 games as a reliever between both clubs while holding the 182 batters he faced to a .354 slugging percentage. He posted a 1.86 ERA (6 ER, 29.0 IP) over his final 23 appearances, which included seven scoreless appearances totaling 8.0 innings to end the season. He was originally selected by the Oakland Athletics in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
Stubbs, 30, made his second consecutive Opening Day roster with the Phillies in 2023 and appeared in 41 regular season games plus one additional game in the postseason. Defensively, he made 32 starts behind the plate and averaged a 1.87-second pop time to second base which was tied for the second fastest among all major league catchers according to Statcast. Stubbs led the Phillies with seven bunt hits in 2023, which were second most in the NL and third most in the majors. He was originally an eighth-round selection of the Houston Astros in the 2015 MLB Draft.