The success of the Phillies rebuild will likely hinge on the team's ability to develop starting pitchers. Jose Taveras and Franklyn Kilome are among those worth watching.
Few of the signings are likely to make the team. One, Will MIddlebrooks, won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013.
The Phillies added two former players - Rico Brogna and Wes Helms - as minor-league coaches on Thursday as they finalized their player development field staffs.
The slugger thanked manager Gabe Kapler for keeping him in the loop about the Phillies' decision to sign Carlos Santana.
The move could be a strong message to the big names - Manny Machado and Bryce Harper - that the Phillies hope to land next winter.
The Phillies moved their longest-tenured player in order to create an opening at shortstop for J.P. Crawford. They got a pitching prospect in exchange.
The Phillies think the third baseman can solve his struggles by hitting the ball into the air more often.
The Phils manager does not believe in having rules, but "not having rules doesn't mean not having expectations."
The Phillies, a source said, are close to a deal to sign reliever Pat Neshek, who represented the team in last year's All Star Game before being traded two weeks later to Colorado.
The Phillies, according to a source, placed outfielder Cameron Perkins and infielder Engelb Vielma on waivers.
Thomson worked under Joe Torre and Joe Girardi. He spent the last 10 seasons on the Yankees staff, including four years as a bench coach.
The new Phillies manager came away impressed after recent meetings with J.P. Crawford and Rhys Hoskins.
The team retained the righthanded pitchers after they cleared waivers following their removal last week from the 40-man roster.
Gabe Kapler continued to fill out his coaching staff on Wednesday, hiring a coach who is young enough to be mistaken for a player.
The No. 1 overall pick in 2013 was removed from the Phillies' 40-man roster, with the team electing to protect four other pitching prospects ahead of next month's Rule 5 draft.
The first Grapefruit League game is scheduled for Feb. 23 against the Blue Jays.
Wathan helped guide almost all the young players on the Phillies roster. Now he'll join them in the major leagues.
Matt Breen covers the Phillies and other sports.